30 Jan 2024

The Pre-Panel with Nuwanthie Samarakone and James Elliott

From The Panel, 3:45 pm on 30 January 2024

Today on the show, Susana and panellists Nuwanthie Samarakone and James Elliott discuss going back to school with kindness this year.

Plus, our panellists tell us what has been on their minds this week.

Here is the post that Pat Newman made, Principal at Hora Hora Primary School:

Kia Ora Koutou School is about to start for 2024, so I am asking you to please sit down with your tamariki for just 5 minutes and explain that being very tall, short, chubby, skinny, black or white is no joke, and that you should not tease other kids if you think they are one of those!

That there is nothing wrong with wearing the same shoes every day, or in fact wearing no shoes at all!. Explain to them that a used backpack, or brown paper bag carry the same dreams, and do the same job as a new one, Teach them not to exclude someone because they are "different" or do not have the same opportunities as others.

Explain that teasing hurts...and that they go to school to LEARN, NOT to compete. YOU AND I HAVE THE SAME VALUE! EDUCATION STARTS AT HOME...

It's *AT HOME* that tamariki should learn to say:

01 - Good morning
02 - Good afternoon
03 - Good evening
04 - Please
05 - With your permission
06 - Sorry
07 - Forgive me
08 - Thank you very much
09 - Thank you
10 - I was wrong It's

*AT HOME* that we also learn to:
01 - Be honest
02 - Be punctual
03 - Do not insult
04 - Be polite
05 - Respect everyone: friends, colleagues, elders, teachers, authorities

Still *at home* we learn to:
01 - Eat everything
02 - Do not talk with your mouth full
03 - Have personal hygiene
04 - Don't throw litter on the ground
05 - Help parents with their daily chores
06 - Don't take what doesn't belong to you
07 - Be content with what you have
08 - Work honestly to earn a living
09 - Dress with modesty

*At home* we still learn to:
01 - Get organized
02 - Take care of your belongings
03 - Do not touch other people's belongings
04 - Respect the rules,
05 - Speak your mother tongue(s), master your culture and spirituality Because

*AT SCHOOL* teachers should teach: ¦ Mathematics ¦ English ¦ Science ¦ Health and Physical education ¦ Art and Music - Well Being - Te Ao Maaori: Tikanga me Te Reo Maaori - Support their growth of self esteem and confidence - Be proud of who they are. And only reinforce what the tamariki have learned *AT HOME*!!!

Because it is from what we have learned *AT HOME* that the individual will be respected, that he will respect life.

Aroha Nui
Pat Newman Principal