Students learn to share happiness

FUN AND GAMES: Erica Butt, from Waerenga o Kuri School, and Wainui Beach School student Lukas Maillet play Operation with residents Rita Gregory (left) and Shirley McKenzie. Pictures by Liam Clayton
LEADERSHIP DAY: Central School student Alex Shanks and Sonrise Christian School’s Sophia Ohuka present Sunshine Bus Services chairwoman Barbara Clarke with more than $2000 raised by the leadership group.

THE Aurora Empathy for the Elderly Leadership programme culminated in a special visit to the Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village last week, where students were involved in activities with the residents.

“Our Aurora leaders put all their empathetic and interactive skills learned on our programme into action,” said Sunny Bush, executive director of the Aurora Education Foundation.

“The best part of it all was being able to put happiness and sunshine into their souls,” said Erica Butt from Waerenga o Kuri School.

“I enjoyed talking to the elderly and especially listening to their stories. It was so rewarding and I was proud we could go there and make them happy,” said Lukas Maillet from Wainui Beach School.

The group said other highlights of the day included seeing the residents' smiles when they entered, being cheered and clapped when they left and knowing they had brightened up their days.

Eight rural schools and six Gisborne city schools are affiliated with The Aurora Education Foundation.

“This was an accelerated leadership programme. The children were first identified as good leaders within their peer groups at their various schools. They then come to the Aurora cluster programme for extension, so they step out of their comfort zones and learn to operate as leaders at a much higher level than before.

“This elevation means it is really a high performance programme to enhance leadership skills at a much younger age than is the norm in NZ primary schools.”

Mrs Bush said Wairoa schools had also been included this year, with special workshops for their talented students.

“Next year, as long as we have the funding, it is envisaged a Chess Lab Roadshow and tournament will be offered and delivered to interested East Coast schools.”

The leadership group presented the money they had raised to Sunshine Bus Services.

It will go towards assisting the continued operations in this critical social service.

Twenty-one students raised more than $2000 for the Sunshine Bus Services.

THE Aurora Empathy for the Elderly Leadership programme culminated in a special visit to the Kiri Te Kanawa Retirement Village last week, where students were involved in activities with the residents.

“Our Aurora leaders put all their empathetic and interactive skills learned on our programme into action,” said Sunny Bush, executive director of the Aurora Education Foundation.

“The best part of it all was being able to put happiness and sunshine into their souls,” said Erica Butt from Waerenga o Kuri School.

“I enjoyed talking to the elderly and especially listening to their stories. It was so rewarding and I was proud we could go there and make them happy,” said Lukas Maillet from Wainui Beach School.

The group said other highlights of the day included seeing the residents' smiles when they entered, being cheered and clapped when they left and knowing they had brightened up their days.

Eight rural schools and six Gisborne city schools are affiliated with The Aurora Education Foundation.

“This was an accelerated leadership programme. The children were first identified as good leaders within their peer groups at their various schools. They then come to the Aurora cluster programme for extension, so they step out of their comfort zones and learn to operate as leaders at a much higher level than before.

“This elevation means it is really a high performance programme to enhance leadership skills at a much younger age than is the norm in NZ primary schools.”

Mrs Bush said Wairoa schools had also been included this year, with special workshops for their talented students.

“Next year, as long as we have the funding, it is envisaged a Chess Lab Roadshow and tournament will be offered and delivered to interested East Coast schools.”

The leadership group presented the money they had raised to Sunshine Bus Services.

It will go towards assisting the continued operations in this critical social service.

Twenty-one students raised more than $2000 for the Sunshine Bus Services.

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