Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Point England way

Did you know that the Point England way started in 2000 or 2001, Otalani Meleisa was a former teacher in Point England who found some ideas for the Point England. Before it used to be Belonging to Point England but right now Mr Burt and the teachers changed it to The Point England Way.

What does the Point England way mean to you? Well to me it means to enjoy one another's company, to be happy with one another, and to feel safe here at school. Have you ever heard the three P’s, the three P’s are Partnership, Protection and Participation and they come from the Treaty of Waitangi. The 3P's are what the Point England Way is all about as well.

Every Friday we have an assembly. The first thing we do is we sing the national anthem which is a tradition to our school. We also have a few koreros. Every term Mr Burt always makes up a korero for the rest of the term. A korero is a saying or a phrase that demonstrates how to behave at Point England School. For example so far this year our korero have been 'Put Yourself In Their Shoes' and 'Play in the Right Place'

The Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi is to bring peace between the Maori people and Queen Victoria. The Maori people started war with the British, because the British people wanted land but Maori chiefs did not agree to anything. It’s good that they signed the treaty because it was all chaos back then.

The problems then were the British that wanted land, musket wars between the Maori tribes. There were no laws in New Zealand back in 1840. There were many fights between Maori tribes and other people.
The treaty of waitangi was signed on the 6th of Feb 1840. The treaty was signed right here in New Zealand. The treaty was meant to bring peace but not much happened after then.

But at the end when the treaty was signed everything went back to how they all wanted it. So obviously both the Maori chiefs and the British and also the never forgotten the queen Victoria.