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22 March 2019

Tolerance Tree & Mufti Day Fri 29 March

Tena koutou

I'd like to start this by acknowledging the bravery and dignity displayed by those targeted in the attack of March 15. I attended the vigil last night and was so touched by the messages of peace, love and hope at a time when it would be understandable that people were incredibly angry.

As I mentioned earlier in the week, we met as a school on Monday to acknowledge the awful events of Friday 15 March. We were determined that the actions of this individual would not take any more of our time or energy as this would be much better served in support of those effected. 

As the week has worn on however there have been interesting discussions to be had. One of them has been around the phrase, "this is not us". I heard a woman on National Radio challenge this, she said that perhaps more appropriate phrase would be "this is not who we want to be", but actually, can we really hand on heart say that we don't hold prejudges and discriminate about certain people in NZ? Is it really 'not us'?

For this reason the actions we have decided upon and outlined below are both immediate and future focussed. I am incredibly proud of the thoughtful and loving ideas that the students put forward for the school council to consider.  

Mufti Day - 29 March

  • Wear white to symbolise peace

  • Tie white ribbons to the fence with messages of hope, peace and love

  • Bring money or cans or both

  • Sing Tūtira Mai (lyrics below) and our school song as a sign of unity


Ongoing Fundraising
In addition to the mufti day, the council has voted unanimously that we’d like to continue our efforts to financially support the victims, and class councillors will be discussing ideas that each class can follow through with over the next six months.


Tolerance Tree
One of the ideas that got many votes was planting a memorial tree. The council is going to work with an arborist to decide where and what sort of tree to plant. It will be a ‘tolerance tree’ and our aim is that as it grows stronger and bigger over the years so will the tolerance of diversity in our school, and our community. We’ll tie messages of tolerance to it each year on March 15.


Tūtira mai

Tūtira mai ngā iwi,
tātou tātou e
Tūtira mai ngā iwi,
tātou tātou e
Whai-a te marama-tanga,
me te aroha - e ngā iwi!
Ki-a ko tapa tahi,
Ki-a ko-tahi rā 
Tātou tātou e 

Tā-tou tā-tou e E!! 
Hi aue hei !!!


English Translation

Line up together people
All of us, all of us
Stand in rows people
All of us, all of us
Seek after knowledge
and love of others - everyone
Think as one
Act as one
All of us, all of us

All of us, All of us!! 
Hi aue hei !!!

Heidi Hayward - Principal


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