It is strange to have kicked off the school term for three days, then have one day off, then one back on, then the weekend…a bit of a disjointed start really.
I was talking with a new staff member about Waitangi Day. She asked whether we did anything with the students to commemorate the day. I said that teachers would generally prepare some lessons, resources, discussions etc. She then asked how we covered it "from a Catholic perspective". I have to say I was lost for a response, because we, and I would hazard a guess most Catholic primary schools, wouldn't do much in this area either.
And yet we should – Bishop Pompellier's involvement in the treaty basically ensured religious freedom in this country. If for no other reason than historical, we should be making sure our children know that fact. I have resolved to do better in the future!
Put yourself in my shoes, as an educator working in 2014 – what would you teach about Waitangi day to your students that reflects a Catholic worldview?