This year, 2016, I have only one child with Maori heritage in the class. It is always difficult to cover The Treaty of Waiting in a meaningful way with New Entrant children as it occurs immediately in their first week at school and there are so many things to introduce them too. I am not sure how much they are able to retain of the content about the Treaty. Instead I focus on how all our families come to New Zealand to make it our home where we can be safe and happy. This provides a natural segway into a discussion about our belonging in school ad how we can ensure that everyone has a safe and happy year in our class and on our playground.
We made Waka and then talked about all the different ways that our families had arrived in New Zealand, but I kept bring the focus back to our shared desire to live safe and happy.
Forever curious, always learning, deep thinking teacher. I am a New Entrant teacher and loving it.