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Your child will be placed into a whānau group each year where one key teacher will be your first point of contact about their learning and pastoral care. Students will begin and end the school day with their whānau teacher. They will also spend time in their whānau groups in rich contexts that will focus on building key social and emotional skills such as resilience, growth mindset and how to build and maintain positive relationships.
For the last 15 minutes of each school day your child will be with their whānau teacher for Whānau Time. Whānaungatanga is all about establishing positive relationships through shared experiences and working together which provides people with a sense of belonging. Parents and whānau are warmly invited to attend these sessions to hear student reflections and sharing of learning. You are also very much encouraged to join your child’s whānau group at this time for other related activities such as team building games.
Behaviour - Restorative Practice
At Te Ao Mārama we aim to promote positive behaviour and to create an inclusive learning environment that will foster well-being and achievement for everyone. We utilise restorative approaches to improve behaviour and relationships by moving away from a blame and retribution model of dealing with negative behaviour, towards one which is based on a child’s increasing knowledge of social responsibility and self awareness.
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