Issue 2 | April 2022

Nurturing a sense of responsibility

Our children’s mana whenua, their sense of belonging, is at the heart of all that we do at the Preschool. Within our ‘Pohutukawa’ class for example, we continue to support our children to make connections with people, places, and things around them.

It is crucial for our children to make sense of ‘their world’ at the Preschool and gain a deeper understanding of routines and rituals that help make them feel safe and secure. Towards this end, we have begun establishing regular routines where they get involved, are encouraged to think, have their voices heard, and develop a sense of ownership of the actions that are expected of them.

We start our day with ‘Hui Time’ where our children welcome each other. Here, we introduce a ‘provocation’. Over the course of a few weeks, the children were challenged to think about their bags and all of the belongings they need for their ‘Day at the Preschool’.

Our teachers facilitate a discussion on the importance of what we have in our bags and pose questions such as:

“Do I have everything I need for my day at the Preschool?”

“What do I do if I get wet clothes?”

“Where do I put my wet clothes?”

“What else do I have/need in my bag?”

Through this exercise, our children build their confidence by learning to take responsibility for their belongings, as well as thinking critically to ensure they are prepared for their day ahead.

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  • 6 MAY 2022 Boys’ School Celtic Day
  • 6 MAY College Cross Country
  • 10, 11 & 12 MAY Girls’ School syndicate visit to new school on Shore Road
  • 15 MAY (7PM) College Chalmers House Chapel
  • 16 MAY College Prefects Commissioning
  • 17 MAY College Parent & Friends Social & Info evening
  • 15 MAY Girls’ School ‘Open School’ for families of existing students
  • 18 MAY College Campus Tour
  • 22 MAY (7PM) College Hamilton House Chapel
  • 23, 30 MAY & 13 JUNE Boys’ School Mother and Son event
  • 25 MAY College Foodbank
  • 29 MAY (7PM) College Cargill House Chapel
  • 8 JUNE Move to new Girls’ School on Shore Road
  • 7 JUNE College Chamber Showcase
  • 10 JUNE College Rock Showcase
  • 12 JUNE College Choral Showcase
  • 12 JUNE (7PM) College Wilson House Chapel
  • 15 JUNE College Campus Tour
  • 18 JUNE Boys’ School Quiz Night
  • 19 JUNE (7PM) College Stark House Chapel
  • 29 JUNE College Campus Tour
  • 29 JUNE Girls’ School and Boys’ School Cross Country
  • 29 JUNE College Middle School Music Evening
  • 3 JULY (7PM) College Wishart House Chapel
  • 5 JULY (7PM) College House Music
  • 7 & 8 JULY College Dance Showcase