After reading the books "The Tree Hut Treaty" and the " Marble Patch" during their shared reading time, the children have a better understanding of how a team of people can work well together in a partnership, (if they make a promise and keep their promise to do what they have promised to do). They also know that whenever a problem arises within the class they can always go back to the class treaty chart, which they have co-constructed as a group, to find solutions for their daily problems with support from teachers .
"The Class Treaty is a living document'" said their teacher, Mrs S. Naidoo.
"What does that mean, Mrs Naidoo?" asked Maedana.
"It means that whenever someone breaks the class agreement/promise, for example, if someone says something that upsets one of their classmate ( a putdown) then we have to follow a process called a restorative chat, to bring back or restore justice to that situation- so that it becomes fair and we all feel safe and happy in our class. Even those who are responsible for causing a problem will know how to resolve a tricky situation without disrupting learning time.
During inquiry time the students worked in groups to find out- What is a treaty? and
What are the 3 articles in the Treaty of Waitangi about?
"The Queen of England promised that she would offer protection for the maori people against their enemies" said Teavali.
Elenor said "The English promised to respect and preserve the Maori way of life and their traditions."
Daina found out that "The Queen and the British people promised to protect the Maori the treasures of the sea (kaimoana) and maori land from new settlers."
Make your Mark
During Art-time the children were learning how to make their Mark for 2014. They chose things that represented 'Who I am?' - in their family, their culture and what kind of sports they were interested in playing at school. Cortez and Delta is sketching their objects of interest.
Some created symbols with lines,dots, and curves, others drew pictures of flowers, fruit and seafood. The Island children drew their fale and coconut palms. Maori students drew the wharenui and ferns.
The Indian kids drew a temple and cricket to represent themselves.
Pilimilose is creating his symbol with lines.
Finally they had to choose just one that they felt really represented them the most and that became their Mark for 2014. Here Maedana is creating his symbol with a combination of lines, curves and dots.