The social health area of the Whare Tapa Whā model aligns closely to Health in the New Zealand Curriculum, in particular building relationships. This is particularly important at the start of the year. In Room 11, students started this journey by sharing stories about themselves using Art as the context.
We used a jandal template to represent walking with each other to get to know one another. Students had to use pictures to tell their peers about themselves.
As the students explored what they did to help them maintain a balance, they discovered that they had many things in common with their classmates.
This helped students become more comfortable to interact with a wider range of their classmates. To encourage this, Room 11 did team building activities such as puzzle making and building challenges. Students were surprised at how much fun they had problem solving together with other students they would not normally work with.
To introduce the Whare Tapa Whā concept to the class, one challenge was for teams to use different materials to try to build a strong and secure home. Quickly, students realised that without a connection between walls, their houses were unstable and more often than not fell over.
Students are realising how growing connections with others can strengthen areas of their health. In Room 11, we will continue to work on strengthening all the walls of our whare.
We encourage you to work on strengthening areas of your whare too. Maybe we’ll bump into each other on our journeys.
Keywords: Strong, Whare, wellbeing, relationships, growing connections