Rutherford College Community of Learning team have been developing a student championing programme, Haere Tahi, for the past two years. The 2021 launch for this exciting programme was held at the school Marae on Tuesday, 18 May.
On this day, sixty students, their mentors, deans and other staff members, were invited to come along and listen to a keynote speaker, and then have the opportunity to develop their teamwork skills by working in small groups.
We were fortunate to secure Aiono Manu Fa’aea, the Senior Pasifika Manager at MIT, as our speaker. She shared her words of wisdom with the students about building trust, resilience and unlocking their inner treasure trove of potential. Following this, she encouraged students further by teaching them a song she had written.
The Haere Tahi programme involves experienced teachers working with a group of students, acting as guides in their educational journey at Rutherford. Teachers from the Community of Learning Within Schools team meet with a group of students regularly to help solve challenges they are facing at school. Along with this, they help to provide access to leadership opportunities.
We ended the session having a kai together and honouring our guest speaker with a heartfelt school Haka.