On Tuesday the 10th March our school proudly hosted the first Waikato Stick n Stones Activator Event, we had students from Hamilton Girls High School, Hamilton Boys High School, Nga Taiatea Wharekura, Rototuna Junior school, Rototuna Senior school and Huntly College attend...
Sticks n Stones Activator Event
On Tuesday the 10th March our school proudly hosted the first Waikato Stick n Stones Activator Event, we had students from Hamilton Girls High School, Hamilton Boys High School, Nga Taiatea Wharekura, Rototuna Junior school, Rototuna Senior school and Huntly College attend.
Sticks n Stones was created by young people for young people. https://www.sticksnstones.co.nz/
Research shows that 1 in 3 New Zealand kids are bullied.
At Sticks ‘n Stones we create programmes, opportunities, workshops and events for 8-18 year olds that empower us to have the skills, confidence and connections to be ourselves and support our peers to feel accepted and respected and for bullying to be a thing of the past.
This programme was an opportunity to develop confidence, leadership and social/emotional skills for students who care about creating safe spaces online and off. Our student leaders and mentoring team had a wonderful time connecting and sharing stories with students from other schools. They were surprised at similar issues each school had and how much they had in common. A school plan was made that will help with developing our peer mentoring and student leadership programmes across the kura.
A big thank you to Whaea Nicole and her Hospitality team for the amazing savouries, pulled pork buns, ham buns and delicious slices, the drink was divine and I think we have established ourselves in the Waikato for having the best food at a high school made by our students.
When attending sticks and stones, most of us were really anxious. Once we got into groups however, none of us could stop talking. Attending the event was a great experience for us as it helped to build confidence when socializing and also cleared up some assumptions we had of other schools. -- Stefanus Du Toit
Sticks and stones was a unique experience. I learned so much and I connected really well with my team. If anybody receives the opportunity to do this course, they should definitely take it as it will help you grow as a person. I hope to implement some of the things I learnt into our school. -- Aomi Irani
Sticks and stones, what an amazing experience, I Learnt so much at this event, meeting people who I try to follow in my journey as Head boy,(it was that amazing). If anybody gets the chance to go I highly recommend going because Sticks and stones will provide you with knowledge that can and will help you in school but most importantly in the real world if implemented correctly. -- Te Oranga Herangi