The Tokarewa programme is an initiative that encourages students to show the school POWER values of Pride, Opportunity, Whanau, Excellence, and Respect. The programme supports the vision, "Wairakei Primary school educate students with POWER to be confident learners". By having a unified school wide system, all students develop a clear understanding of the values and vision and then it becomes a living, breathing ethos for our staff, students and community.
How Does the Programme Work?
Students each have their own Tokarewa Booklet. They earn stickers to gain rewards. The criteria is that if teachers notice students showing POWER three times during the day, they receive a Tokarewa Sticker in their books. When students reach certain numbers they receive prizes.
Our first students received their blue wrist bands for gaining 10 Tokarewa stickers.
It was great to see students from across the school earning their first reward.
Students were really proud of their achievements and had a sneaky look at the other prizes, while I presented them with their Rising to Success blue wristbands. Other prizes include specially designed badges that depict the different values and come in a range of colours. Balls, swim bags and special vouchers are also part of the prize pool.
I think the programme is really good for every child. The ‘buy in’ has been good, particularly for some of our tricky students. They love the different colours of the stickers too. - Whaea Teagan Room 7 Teacher.
I think it's good because it shows the juniors what the symbols mean and good that they can see them and not just have to remember the values. - Anna Room 7.
I think it's a great concept and has a cool outcome. Laila Room 8
I felt really happy when I got my first prize. - Zanelda Room 5.
I think it's good because I want to keep something when I leave the school. - Lucas Room 11.
Wharenui Nga Tae Rewards
As well as the individualised programme, there is a wharenui nga tae element. Rising For Success tokens are given out during duty and are also used by support staff and relievers. These blue tokens are very sought after by our students. When teachers notice students showing POWER in the playground, or during team assemblies or team rotations, they are presented with a token. These are taken back to class and students put them in their wharenui nga tae containers. Every Friday our Manukura go to each class and count up the tokens. A running total is then displayed in the student office window. There are prizes for different levels. When each wharenui nga Tae reaches the totals the whole wharenui nga tae gets to do something special as a group. All wharenui nga tae are very close to their first 1000 tokens, which is a visit to the Wairakei Playground during class time.
Tokens are good because it helps us show POWER. - Lucas Room 11
I got tokens for picking up rubbish and being kind. - Victoria Room 12
I like the tokens because if you put them in the jar maybe we will win. - Zanelda Room 5
There will be an official launch of the programme on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 as part of our Term 2 Celebration Day. Look out for new signage around the school in the coming weeks. I am looking forward to seeing more students' proud faces as they earn their rewards during the year.
Key words: PB4L, tokarewa programme, social skills