Tuakana Teina Mentoring Programme with Bayswater School
The Tuakana Teina Mentoring Programme between students in Year 9 at Takapuna Grammar School and students in Years 5 and 6 at Bayswater Primary School started this year with a session at Bayswater. We were welcomed onto Bayswater Primary with a haka performed by some of the Year 6 boys.
The Year 9 students had prepared some activities to do with the primary-aged students with the aim to develop relationships and to get to know each other. A group of TGS students led everyone in two different outdoor activities; they rose to the occasion and their leadership was exemplary.
The Year 9's, 6's and 5's participated together and were observed by the primary school teachers who are now working on pairing the students so that they can work together during sessions for the rest of the year. The aim is for the teina (BPS students) to be mentored in some aspects of their learning by the tuakana (TGS) this year. The programme was established through the Kāhui Ako in 2018 and continues to thrive in its sixth year.