Year 2 teacher and programme coordinator Danielle Clydesdale has teamed up with teachers, parents and school students to create opportunities for the students to explore their different talents and skills.
Principal Mark Harris said that as a school they have noticed that a lot of students have amazing talents in all sorts of areas.
“We know that education is not limited to reading, writing, maths and science, so we are wanting to broaden our learners’ understanding of what it means to be a learner in today’s world,” he said.
Harris said the school is excited about its new initiative and to see what other skills and talents are out there waiting to be explored.
“Our school community is filled with loads of talented, enthusiastic, hands-on parents and family members,” he said.
“With this in mind, we would love to make our school entirely inclusive, incorporating anyone interested in our weekly programme to help enrich and diversify our school.”
‘Funky Friday’ will offer opportunities for students to become involved in an area of interest or an opportunity to learn something they never thought they would have the chance to learn.
The programme is structured around small group sessions (5-10 students) of 30 minutes with family members, teachers, community members and anyone else who is interested.
The school is calling upon people in the community who have a skill, talent or interest to share with a small group of students.
Yesterday, school teachers, teacher aides and parents ran activities such as gymnastics, coding, chess, science, environmental crafts, sculpture, cultural arts, percussion, basketball, carpentry, French, orienteering and self-defence.
Harris said he was very pleased with the response from students.
“They all seem to love this new initiative and have got well-involved with each of the activities,” he said.
Apii Te Uki Ou would like to thank all those who have helped the Funky Friday programme begin successfully.