Twenty-five talented Yendarra School students received certificates from Ko Awatea’s director Jonathon Gray at their assembly this Tuesday (December 6, 2016), to thank them for their performance at the APAC Forum.
“This is a celebration of our whanau self-efficacy”, said school principal Susan Dunlop.
In September, the children performed a moving rendition of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ in Māori and other songs on video at APAC in Sydney and live at APAC Forum’s InSight held at Ko Awatea. In his keynote address, Professor Gray had used the school’s remarkable transformation as an inspiration for the leadership changes required in healthcare.
Before receiving the certificates, the children greeted the visitors with a touching pōwhiri, a reflection of the school values of manaakitanga (making others feel good and welcome) and aroha (love, respect and empathy).
Professor Gray told the children that Yendarra School’s success story was presented to 1500 healthcare professionals from all over the world at this years’ APAC Forum and emphasised how their extraordinary achievements had left everyone amazed.
Yendarra is a primary school in Otara, South Auckland, that dramatically improved attendance, engagement, behaviour, health and overall wellbeing among students by changing their diet to healthy food. Under the leadership of principal Susan Dunlop and her team, parents, students and the community united around this goal. “The success we have is proof of our community working together and finding solutions within”.