Whāunau Kererū comprises Year 5 and 6 students which make up the senior school. The aim is for a smooth transition from Tuī whānau by building and expanding upon current collaborative practices. Building relationships with learners and maintaining high expectations are key to teaching and learning in Years 5 and 6.
Our team is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) so that learners can incorporate use of digital technologies into their daily lives in a safe and manageable way. Furthermore, it encourages learners to manage their equipment making sure that devices are taken care of, taken home daily and are charged ready for use each day.
We are excited for the Aotearoa Histories curriculum as it engages our learners in a way which promotes critical thinking, empathy and compassion so that our young people will make a positive contribution to society. Included in this is a respect for Te Ao Māori respecting the foundation principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Aotearoa New Zealand. Furthermore we support learners to find their own passions and talents with sporting, musical and cultural opportunities.
During this time in their journey learners are encouraged to participate in providing service to the wider school community ‘proud to be different, proud to make a difference’. Both Tuakana-Teina and leadership opportunities are important for our learners as it gives them the opportunity to develop responsibility and initiative, building relationships across the school with adults and younger learners. Additionally, in Year 6, learners are given the opportunity to apply for formal leadership roles across the school to support our school community.
Another aspect of life in Whānau Kererū is EOTC (Education Outside of The Classroom). Every second year we go on a school camp for three days and two nights. Camp provides curriculum enrichment, real world learning, building relationships and connections, along with providing students with new and unique experiences. It builds confidence, ignites creativity and problem-solving, stimulates a sense of adventure, encourages social interaction and team-building, and promotes independence. This is an experience that children look forward to and talk about long after. On alternate years we organise a range of outdoor education activities such as surfing at Orewa beach and other water based activities locally, as well as exploring our local area.
Being in Whānau Kererū is an exciting time for our learners as they ready themselves for their transition to Intermediate School, we love supporting them during this stage of their learning journey
Kereru Term 1 Newsletter, 2023