Kids with a can-do at­ti­tude

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How long have you done Kiwi Can at school and can you ex­plain what it’s all about?

De­van and Dyl­lan:

We are in our third year with Kiwi Can. The stu­dents and teach­ers love it!

Ev­ery Fri­day the whole school takes part in the Kiwi Can ses­sions (in their class groups) and each term there is a fo­cus on a spe­cific value. Lessons and games are based around th­ese val­ues.

Pos­i­tive Re­la­tion­ships – Whakawhanaun­gatanga (work­ing and play­ing in safe and thought­ful ways with other)

Re­spect – Manaak­i­tanga (treat­ing peo­ple, things and places as im­por­tant.)

In­tegrity – Pono (do­ing the right thing when no one is watch­ing.)

Re­silience – Taikaha (cop­ing with chal­lenges and ‘bounc­ing back.’)


What are your favourite parts of Kiwi Can?

De­van and Dyl­lan:

Well we love play­ing the games and be­com­ing friends with more peo­ple in the class.

I love the way the Kiwi Can lead­ers pro­vide a fun and safe en­vi­ron­ment for stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in games/ lessons and to even step out­side their com­fort zones some­times to give chal­lenges a go. I es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ate the way the lead­ers en­cour­age stu­dents to work to­gether, sup­port­ing and en­cour­ag­ing each other.


What new things have you tried?

De­van and Dyl­lan:

Act­ing by do­ing role­plays and code­break­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and work­ing with oth­ers that we don’t nor­mally work with.

Stu­dents get to try so many new things each week – I get lots of ideas that I take back into the class­room as well.

Ch­eryl: How do you think Kiwi Can has helped you?

It has helped us to make new friends and en­cour­ages us to make better choices and un­der­stand oth­ers.

De­van and Dyl­lan:

I have seen the way stu­dents have stepped out of their ‘safe space’ to take on chal­lenges and give things a go. The lead­ers ‘know’ our stu­dents and have de­vel­oped strong, trust­ing re­la­tion­ships with th­ese kids, al­low­ing them to feel safe and sup­ported while learn­ing in a fun and mean­ing­ful way.


Do you think all chil­dren should get a chance to do it?

De­van and Dyl­lan:

Yes be­cause it’s a fun way to learn.

All our May­field­ers (stu­dents and teach­ers) love go­ing to Kiwi Can. It’s a high­light of the week! It is an amaz­ing value-based pro­gramme.


Kiwi Can teaches about val­ues, do you think it helps stop mean be­hav­iour at school?

De­van and Dyl­lan:

Yes we think it helps peo­ple be kinder.

Kiwi Can re­in­forces the pos­i­tive mes­sages about ex­pected be­hav­iour that we en­cour­age at May­field School and the lan­guage/mes­sages are



The stu­dents walk and talk the Kiwi Can way of do­ing things eg safe hands, ac­tive lis­ten­ing, etc.

Stu­dents who re­ally stand out are also ‘cel­e­brated’ at the end of each ses­sion.

How cool are your Kiwi Can lead­ers?

De­van and Dyl­lan:



They are

Al­most as cool as the teach­ers at May­field School! Haha, ac­tu­ally they are even cooler. They have amaz­ing rap­port with the kids and all the May­field stu­dents love them.


Kiwi Can fans and May­field School pupils Dyl­lan Quiri and De­van John­son-Bar­rett.

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