Sunday, 8 February 2015

Our Class Treaty...

This week we have been getting to know one another and have had lots of discussions about friendship and working together.  Our inquiry topic this term is 'Me and My Place' ... thinking about who we are and our place in our class, family and school community. 

Tomorrow is Waitangi Day and this was a great opportunity to talk about ways of working together, treaties and to form one of our own.

The Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi, is an agreement in both the te Reo Māori and English language. It was signed by representatives of the British Crown and by representatives of Māori tribal groups in 1840. It has been called the most important document in New Zealand’s history and New Zealand’s founding document.

The Treaty of Waitangi
The Treaty was an agreement between the different signing parties. Māori granted the British Crown rights to govern and to continue settling the country with British immigrants and Māori kept their tribal authority over their lands and resources and were granted the full status and rights of British citizenship.

We honour the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and it's significance on Waitangi Day each year.

As a class, we think a treaty is a good idea ... an agreement for how we will work together and a promise that we will stick to it.  We thought of lots of ideas for how we want to be in B5 ...

And made our class treaty, which is on our door so we're reminded when we enter our classroom that this is how we will be.

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