Junior Neighbourhood Support
Horowhenua District Council
After being trialled at Fairfield School in Levin in 2010 with outstanding results, the programme has now been expanded into three other schools - Foxton Beach, Taitoko and Poroutawhao. The programme is normally run with students in years 5 and 6.
Coordinator Wendy Foreman says the junior programme is based on the same principles as adult Neighbourhood Support - with children encouraged to take pride in their school, at home and in their communities through activities such as picking up litter, helping out with household or school chores, preventing or reporting bullying and being taught what to do in different emergency situations.
While the local programme is based on national resources, Wendy Foreman has taken it one step further by visiting the schools regularly, arranging speakers and encouraging children to make contact with people in the community. The children prepare folios about what they learn, and six children from each school were selected to take part in a two-day leadership programme at Makahika Outdoor Pursuits Centre, thanks to funding from Horowhenua District Council.
Wendy Foreman says itís a simple idea that really works.
"It gives the children an incentive for good behaviour and gives them something to focus on as well as their schoolwork. It instils a sense of pride in themselves, their school, home and community and teaches them greater awareness of safety issues."