We are proud to be a KiVa school!

He oranga ngākau,

He pikinga waiora.

Positive feelings in your heart will raise your sense of self-worth.

KiVa, meaning kind or nice, is an approach to bullying prevention that has been developed by the University of Turku in Finland.

KiVa has had a significant impact on reducing incidents of bullying internationally and in schools across Aotearoa, helping tamariki and rangatahi grow and develop to their potential!

Your child will be part of regular KiVa lessons throughout the year where the focus is on prevention. The aim is for students to gain the knowledge to identify bullying and the confidence to know what to do if they experience or witness bullying.

KiVa lessons include discussion, group work, short videos and role play. Many lessons concentrate on the role bystanders can have in helping to stop bullying. The students think about and practice different ways to stand up to bullying. The lessons are supplemented by on-line activities which your child can share with you at home through the KiVa games.

The KiVa Parents’ Guide is available on the KiVa website - click here to access.

The KiVa team (principal and team leaders) and classroom teacher respond to bullying cases together. This involves using a research-based approach to have short discussions with the students involved, supporting children who have been bullied and giving children who displayed bullying behaviour, an opportunity to change. Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more about KiVa.

“I am glad we are doing kiva because it keeps you safe and happy” – KiVa student