Inspiring student ideas incorporated into school structure

The power of student agency was highlighted and celebrated in the Kahui Ako  Student Action team sharing session, held last week at Wairau Intermediate.

The findings of last year’s Student Inquiry Teams was actioned this year, with Student Action Teams in each school working through a Design Thinking process to decide on the best course of action/solution for a focus area in their school.  Students worked so hard, with the help of teachers who facilitated them, to see their ideas become a reality.

It was a wonderful session where students shared their learning, the activities they had used to help them decide on possible solutions, prototypes they had designed and gained feedback on, and finally presenting the actual solution that had been embedded or will be embedded in 2021. These range from Year 5 students working to design ‘Quiet Spaces’ in their schools and gaining sponsorship to work with local Rotary clubs to create them – through to our senior students creating a ‘Mindhub’ workshop space where students can drop in during stressful times of their school year.

Pictured above are Westlake students presenting their idea.

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