Enabling self-agency, by leading learning
Learner Agency is a term that captures the important goal of students being active learners who can make choices and take actions to fully participate in their learning. Future-ready students need to exercise agency, in their own education and throughout life.
Whanaungatanga is at the heart of what we do. Huanui College must recognise learner’s individualities whilst acknowledging the wider relationships each student enjoys, with their teachers, peers, families, and communities. Everyone is considered a learner, not only students, but also teachers, parents, and communities. Anyone who enables agency is, by definition, leading learning. Two factors, in particular help learners enable agency at the College:
Leadership opportunities for students are available in every year. At Huanui College there is strong emphasis upon leadership and personal growth through helping and leading others. Huanui College is constantly reviewing and developing opportunities and programmes to enhance our student leadership programme.
The Whānau system provides opportunities for students to become student leaders in their houses. Each of the four houses holds a yearly vote to elect their leaders, and these leaders are involved in decisions for the year’s activities. Leadership positions available are (in order of seniority):
Senior students provide vital ‘on the ground’ advice and leadership to younger students through our peer mentoring programme. Peer Mentors are given guidance to assist students who seek their help and are assisted to achieve their school-wide and academic goals whilst they do the same for their mentees.
Positive education permeates throughout the school. Weekly sessions are prepared by senior students and teachers and the principles are packaged to the students in innovative ways.
The opportunities are: