FOR ALL OF US

TE RITO TOI

Te Rito Toi helps teachers work with children when they first return to school following major traumatic or life changing events.

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Te Rito Toi: The Twice Born Seed Public Lecture

AT THE HEART OF TE RITO TOI is the understanding that schools must not just prepare students for the future but they also need to help them make sense of the present. After disasters and crises, schools must as a first priority help learners safely explore the changed world in which they live.

“The arts are the bridge to a better future.”

The stories, concerns and questions they have must be addressed in classrooms. Teachers must lead learners to engage with possibility, to reimagine a better world. Based on international research that confirms the central role of the arts in meaning making and the renewing of hope, Te Rito Toi positions the arts at the centre of children’s return to schooling after disaster and crises.

Grounded in Papatūānuku, Te Rito Toi is at the centre and soul of healing, for even amongst the chaos of seasonal transitions, elemental effects and changes, Te Rito remains strong as the heart of the kōrari (harakeke).

-Professor Peter O’Connor

Advice for principals and teachers

Practical advice and support to guide teachers and principals in the return to school.

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Classroom Support

Classroom lessons and activities to support children to reengage with learning.

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The Bigger Context

The research behind the arts and emotional and social learning.

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SIR JOHN KIRWAN FOUNDATION

ANXIOUS CLASSROOMS, ANXIOUS STUDENTS

Events that shake our confidence and trust in the world leave us all feeling vulnerable and anxious. How we handle that anxiety is key to how well we manage our return to school.

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Te Rito Toi is endorsed by the following organisations

The University of Auckland
New Zealand Principals' Federation logo
NZEI logo
Sir John Kirwan Foundation logo
ANZAAE logo
Drama NZ logo
MENZA logo

Te Rito Toi thanks their financial supporters

Chartwell Trust logo
The Creative Thinking Project logo