Social Living Curriculum
Introduction and Philosophy
This strand of the curriculum at Te Haerenga is aimed at developing characteristics and skills, which will set our boys up for future success. At the end of the year, we want our boys to be independent, resilient, confident and caring, both for others and for their environment. The programme will be aimed at developing these characteristics. The key competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum; managing self, relating to others, thinking, participating and contributing and using language, symbols and texts are closely aligned with the aims of the Social Living curriculum.
The Social Living curriculum at Te Haerenga consists of three elements: campus contribution, community service and personal development. As part of their campus contribution, boys will have both a formal roster and a system organised by their own cabin group, for the running of the cabin. Formal activities include cooking duties and property maintenance. In addition, opportunities will be provided for students to make a valuable contribution to the local community and its environment. Boys will engage in activities, such as riverbank planting for the Auckland Council, track maintenance for the Department of Conservation and working bees for Mangatawhiri School and the Mangatangi Marae. The personal development programme utilises Sean Covey’s ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens’ programme, which focuses on developing the attributes required for surviving and thriving during the teenage years.
The personal development programme will consist of a range of activities, designed to get boys thinking about and discussing issues, which are important for them to consider as teenagers. At the centre of this programme is the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens’ guide and workbook, written by Sean Covey. All boys will work through the chapters of this book together during the year. In addition to this, other opportunities will be made available for students to raise issues that concern them, with their cabin parents. The aim of this learning is for students to be able to gain strategies to help them through tough times and to empower them to be successful in all aspects of their lives.
The cabin group is the most important social unit at Te Haerenga. The nine or ten boys in the cabin will eat, sleep, work and learn together. The cabin parent will be the staff member with whom each boy will have the most significant relationship. In cabins, boys will have a significant amount of responsibility for running their own affairs. They will be responsible for keeping the cabins clean, lighting and maintaining their fires, doing the majority of their own laundry, preparing suppers and looking after their outdoor kit. How this is done is up to the boys to arrange, under the guidance of the cabin parent. From time to time, boys will have the opportunity to take part in competitions against other cabins, across a range of activities, such as sport, singing, haka etc. The cabins will compete for extra privileges, as suggested by campus staff.
The relationship with the cabin parent is the most important one a boy will have with a staff member, during his time at the Rural Campus. This staff member will have pastoral care responsibility for the ten boys in the cabin and will be the first point of contact for students who are having difficulties. The cabin parent will also be an important contact for parents. Opportunities will be provided for parents to meet and get to know their son’s cabin parent. Should issues arise, which cannot be resolved by the cabin parent, the relevant senior cabin parent will then step in, to work alongside the student, parent and cabin parent, in order to resolve the problem.
The staff at Te Haerenga place the highest priority on providing top quality pastoral care for our boys. Students will have access to committed and passionate educators and care-givers, who will work hard to build positive relationships with the boys in their care. Our aim is for each boy to develop a specific, positive relationship with at least one adult during his time on campus. It is our belief that every student possesses unique gifts and part of our mission is to help find and nurture these gifts, in a supportive environment.
Trained counselling support is available for those students who require it. Counselling staff from both the Junior and Senior Campuses will be available at specific times for students to access and, should the need for urgent counselling arise, a trained counsellor will be among the full-time staff. However, it is expected that the cabin parent deal with minor issues in the first instance, and further referral will be made, if required.