On return to school following lockdown, the Sir John Kirwan Foundation recognises that schools may need to pause
everyday learning to allow space for ākonga to explore and express their hopes and fears about the changed world they
Along with gifting Mitey to New Zealand schools, the Sir John Kirwan Foundation is thrilled to gift a multi-level unit of work to help teachers support their ākonga returning to school. The unit of work titled “A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way” is built around the NZ book Tu Meke Tuatara by Malcolm Clarke, illustrated by FLOX. Using Tu Meke Tuatara, “A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way” celebrates the beauty and diversity of Aotearoa and the importance of kindness and reconnecting together.
Through arts and literacy and by building on themes of friendship and kindness, ākonga are given the opportunity to explore their feelings and to develop strategies for managing feelings in times of uncertainty. By focusing on community and communication, ākonga will experience how helping others can help their own wellbeing. Working through “A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way” with their teacher and class, gives ākonga the space they need to re-establish where they belong in their classroom, in their whānau and in their community.