Room for fam­ily here

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

It is sim­ply known as the Whanau room and like its name sug­gests is a place that of­fers a lov­ing en­vi­ron­ment and en­cour­ages learn­ing.

Cargill Open Plan School launched its Whanau room about one year ago with the hopes of cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive learn­ing space for stu­dents.

Prin­ci­pal Rhonda Rayner said, ‘‘At the be­gin­ning of last year we be­gan de­vis­ing it and over time it has changed depend­ing on what the needs are or depend­ing on the sea­sons.

‘‘In sum­mer we tend to have par­ents ar­riv­ing to pick up their chil­dren and they will just sit in there and chill.’’

Mrs Rayner said the room of­fered a more com­fort­able, re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment and meet­ings were of­ten held in it.

One of the stu­dents who uses the space is Princess Fit­ness - Tangi­mataiti, who said it was a safe place to com­plete work.

‘‘Near the end of the term we do cook­ing on a Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day. We learn to make dif­fer­ent foods and then we cook them at home. I like com­ing to the Whanau room be­cause I have learned to be a bet­ter per­son.’’

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