Whānau Training at Melville Primary School, Kirikiriroa/Hamilton

Tīhei Mauri Ora, ka nui te mihi miharo ki te whānau o te Kura Melville Primary. 
We wish to extend a big thank you to the Tumuaki, Bronwyn Haitana, her Boards of Trustees, Kaiako/teachers and staff, ākonga/students and their whānau/families who attended the Te Ara Whakamana Whānau training day on Thursday the 17th of November.  

Callum Sanders and I were both grateful for the preparation, the welcome, and the manaakitanga shown by all that made the day run smoothly and enabled korero/conversation to flow. Although the day was wet, whanau came out across two sessions and gave whole-heartedly to the kaupapa/process. 

Over the two separate sessions, participants received an overview of the Te Ara Whakamana model and a break breakdown of each of the Atua narrative and the role each play within the model itself. Most importantly, a deeper understanding of why Melville Primary school is utilizing Te Ara Whakamana as a transformational tool to support positive outcomes in learning and relationships across their school community was explained.  

To cap off the day, whānau participants were able to practice the model on one another. Opportunities to ask questions and be supported throughout the process was provided along with resources each participant could take home and reference throughout the sessions.  

Having had the opportunity to walk alongside you all, we are confident that there are now whānau advocates for the kaupapa of Te Ara Whakamana, spreading the word among you all and generating excitement.

Kia kaha koutou ma. Mauri Ora.
Pia Harre, Kaihuawaere / Facilitator