Schools scheme brings can-do attitude

The highly successful Kiwi Can programme will come to four Marlborough schools when Foundation for Youth Development Marlborough kick it off from February 18.

The new programme, in the region for the first time, means youth development scheme Project K will be put on hold.

Wellington-born Rebecca McCall will join FYD as programme co-ordinator while long-time Marlborough residents Renee Gill and Diane Huntley have joined as programme leaders.

"We're really excited to get started," Renee says.

"The programme has been so successful around the country so we can't wait to put it into action here in Marlborough."

Four Marlborough schools, in Picton, Linkwater, Havelock and Kaikoura , have come on board this year.

The programme for pupils aged 5 to 13 years old aims to lgive the children a sense of self-worth and self-confidence, teach them to take responsibility and be accountable for their actions, and a "can-do" attitude.

The weekly lessons, which last half an hour to 50 minutes, are designed to be fun and interactive as well as be something different to regular school work so as to engage the pupils.

"It will be about finding how best to connect with the kids - I think each school will be different to the other," Renee says.

The leaders will do 30 to 50-minute classes with the pupils once a week.

Diane says the project leaders will spend one day in Kaikoura, one in Picton and one for Linkwater and Havelock schools.

"We teach four themes for the year of positive relationships, integrity, resilience and respect, doing one theme a term."

Renee comes from a teaching background, having worked at Mayfield and Whitney Street schools in Blenheim.

Diane ran the after school and holiday Oscar [Out of School Care And Recreation] programme in her home town of Picton for two years.

"All of the schools are quite outdoorsy so we will probably do a lot of things with that focus, but we can also use drama and crafts," she says.

The Marlborough Express