We recently asked Hauraki District school students to tell us what makes Our Place, a great place to work, live and play. That’s because we’re starting to look long term, into the next 10 – 30 years, and we wanted to know what’s most important to them.
When Councillor Ann Marie Spicer suggested working with schools to get students involved in the Our Place | Tā tātou kainga engagement process, our Strategic Planning team jumped at the chance to include the younger generation.
Students voted for their top ten community outcomes
Schools were asked to vote for their top ten community outcomes for the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan with a sporting goods voucher up for grabs for the school with the most participation.
Ka pai Kaiaua kids
"The winning school was calculated by determining a percentage of the number of responses received against the school roll", said Mayor Toby Adams.
"Kaiaua School had a response rate of 73% of students that provided feedback and percentage wise were hands down clear winners."
That's an impressive turnout for a small school! Great work teachers, for encouraging students to have a voice, even from a young age.
More sports grounds, playgrounds and looking after the environment were top of the list for Kaiaua students.
Participation pays off
Mayor Toby Adams presented the school with the $200 sporting goods voucher recently, thanking the students for getting involved and saying what matters to them. Each student got to experience the weight of the Mayoral chains and from the look of wonder on their faces, there could be a future Mayor among them!
"In another ten years, some of you will be old enough to vote so hopefully this experience will stay with you and you'll keep being involved in local matters", said Mayor Toby.
Small school, big heart
Great work Kaiaua School! Community minded kids grow into community minded champions.
It might be a small school but it's got a mighty big heart!