Classrooms at Mahana School have been given new names to reflect a value that pupils in them believe reflects their class.
Deputy principal and teacher Carolyn Scorrar says the classes used to be named after birds and, while that was fine, it was decided it would be better if the classroom names were more in line with the stage of school their pupils were at, and what those children thought were important to them.
Year 1 and 2 pupils are in the Rahiri classroom, which means to welcome. That name was settled on as this is the class where most children new to the school start, Carolyn says.
Children in years 3 to 5 are now in the Ngakaupai classroom, which is interpreted as positive and good hearted. Carolyn says children of that age generally have a can-do attitude and are prepared to give anything a go, which is done with the best of intentions.
Year 6 to 8 pupils are in the Manawanui classroom, reflecting their strength and ability to stand up for what they believe.
“They’re the leaders of the school,” she says. “They know about standing up for what is right.”
The new classroom names are not the only change at Mahana School. A new principal, Paul Shand, will start work next term.