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Quenten Browne and Aroha Hohepa
Photo by Karen Clarke

A Word from the Principals...

Aroha Hohepa & Quenten Browne —

Often we hear sport is character building, perhaps though one could argue it is more character revealing...

Last night Quenten and I were privileged to witness our Junior Boys Basketball Team take the court for the finals in Rototuna. When you are down on the scoreboard and there are literally seconds to go, your character is revealed. Unsurprisingly, our young men showed their absolute determination to give everything until that final buzzer. No, we did not win the game. What we did take away as a whānau, is the pride in knowing we are growing wonderful young people. Thank you to the boys for being ambassadors for our kura. To Matua Te Whaiwhaia, thank you for the decades of extra hours you have given to growing our young men.

Have you ever been bullied? Perhaps your child? Has your child been in trouble? What does discipline look like in our kura? I remember Sister Cora using the wooden ruler a number of times to address child behaviour, including my own! Even the strap given as you collected demerits for poor behaviour over a week. Often parents say, “Didn’t do me any harm.” Didn’t it? Are we as a kura taking a soft option to behaviour? Come and meet Sheridan Gray from Waikato University on Tuesday 4th September to discuss Restorative Practices, how we use this approach to shape behaviour management at RAS and how it can link to home.

This week we are hosting Coromandel Area School for a sports exchange. Next week we have Malcolm’s poroporoaki on Wednesday along with the Art Show on Friday. The following week we are celebrating Te Wiki o te reo Māori across the entire kura for the full week. Then we have two weeks until the end of term. Unbelievable. There are so many opportunities for our moko to access learning in a variety of ways at Raglan Area School. Please come and join us to celebrate the amazingness that sits within our kura.

Ngā mihi

Quenten and Aroha