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HASTINGS MAIL, MAY 18, 2011
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Riverslea's secret is out
Three's company: Oceania Whiri-Cashmore, Sivia Roberts and Miracle
Riverslea School is on Beatty St
not far from Splash Planet and
shares playing fields with
Karamu High School.
Opened in 1958, it was
anticipated Hastings would
expand around the school but
development instead went west
towards Flaxmere and Riverslea
is today still bordered by
At the beginning of the year the
school roll was just 30 children
but it now stands at 48.
It has small class sizes: 17 in
the year 1 and 2 class, 17 in
The school is also home to a
preschool and the Riverslea
Community Trust, a charity set
up to support students.
By NEILL GORDON
Hometown boy: Principal Maurice
On the ball:
Something we're trying to
hold true to is that each one of
our kids can make a difference.
We're taking learning outside of
the classroom context into real
When pupils of a school known as
Hastings' best kept secret decided
to share their secret with the
world they knew straight away
the best way to get the word out -
the Hastings Mail.
Four seven-year-olds from room
two at Riverslea School emailed
the newspaper requesting a meet-
ing and tracked us down at our
office on Russell St.
Their message was simple: they
have a great school and they want
everyone to know it.
All students at the small school
in Mayfair are working on an
Inquiry Learning project based
around one patai nui (big ques-
tion): How can we make our school
the best and let people know that
Riverslea School is the best school
in Hastings, Hawke's Bay and
Aotearoa New Zealand.
Their energetic new principal
Maurice Rehu says Inquiry Learn-
ing teaches them they can make
a difference to their lives and a
difference to their world''.
It's a lofty-sounding goal but
you do not need to spend long at
Riverslea to see evidence of how
successful the approach is.
Students are busy in small
groups working on their chosen
aspect of the big question.
Some have approached the
Hastings District Council
requesting better street signs
pointing to the school -- they
noticed Mayfair School had three
signs and they had just one.
Others have set up a recycling
scheme and another group is
sourcing three written quotes for
a new sign for the school entrance
on Beatty St.
Ten-year-old Tane Jury stands
confidently in front of his peers
detailing the work he and his
partner have done working out
the design and cost of a school
flag. Later he will be presenting
his case for buying a flag to the
board of trustees.
Year 3 and 4 teacher Kirsty
Jamieson says the children own''
the learning. They drive it and
they act on it.''
Mr Rehu says students are
learning that they can make a dif-
ference in their community and
with their families.
Just by going through the pro-
cess of well, I've talked to the
council before, I've made tele-
phone calls to different organis-
ations, I've presented information
to a board before'.
It's a huge lesson and it's more
than the knowledge gained; it's
the skills learnt, the confidence to
ductive member of society.
Something we're trying to hold
true to is that each one of our kids
can make a difference. We're
taking learning outside of the
classroom context into real life
Mr Rehu was born in Hastings
and attended Camberley School,
Heretaunga Intermediate and
Hastings Boys'. He returned home
this year after teaching in Foxton.
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