TE WHAANAU KAHA KI TE AKO…
Nau mai ki Te Whaanau o Aronui – Our Year 7/8 whaanau class, one of three Kete Matauranga in the Huntly Primary Senior School.
Our class Treaty encourages us to be kind. Kindness is the key and we are proud of the way we incorporate this value into our everyday lives. Kind words. Kind actions. Kind thoughts. Manaaki te ao.
Aronui Whaanau has a strong focus on Health and Wellbeing. The Maori Health model we follow is Te Whare Tapa Wha created by Sir Mason Durie (1984).
The four pillars of this whare are Taha Tinana (Physical Well Being), Taha Hinengaro (Mindfulness), Taha Wairua (Spiritual Well Being), and Taha Whaanau (Positive Relationships). Our students are able to reflect on these areas in their lives to ensure they are all balanced. We make adjustments if one pillar is stronger than others, and we ensure that each of our four walls in our Whare Tapa Wha are being tended to.
Some of the activities we do to ensure balance are:
Taha Tinana – physical fitness, team sports, yoga, running, skipping, circuit training.
Taha Hinengaro – Reading, journaling, puzzles, chess, music, colouring.
Taha Wairua – Caring for the environment, gardening, cooking.
Taha Whaanau – Supporting whaanau at home, buddy tasks, group activities.
Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities (DMIC) We use a method of teaching which encourages group problem solving in contexts which have a strong focus on culture. This method involves questioning, answering and problem solving as a collective group with the teacher guiding students through the process using specific language. Our students really enjoy solving the real life problems presented to them.
Writing: Write That Essay (WTE) To support our learning, we use an online web based essay writing programme developed by author and educator Dr Ian Hunter. Students are able to use the online writing tool which includes specific writing exercises, instructional videos, online quizzes and interactive planning apps to complete tasks set.
In Aronui Whaanau, our writing topics have been vast including wildlife reports, argumentative writing, whakapapa and pepeha, and also biographies.