Monday, May 18, 2015
El Gregoe the Magician
Te Mahia School had a blast as Elgregoe the magician, accompanied by an assistant, and exotic birds wowed the young minds of our tamariki with his magic tricks!
The focus of the show was anti-bullying. Bullying can happen anywhere and anytime. Bullying is evident in:
· Cyber bullying
· Physical bullying – hitting, hurting, tripping, shoving
· Stealing, taking or damaging others property
· Name calling
The show empowered students to care for and accept each other and it reinforced the golden rule of treating others how you want to be treated.
Our tamariki were taught strategies to overcome bullying – strategies that can be used whether an individual child is bullied, a victim or a witness to bullying.
One strategy the children learnt from Stinger the bee was WITS
W – walk away from the bully
I - ignore the bully
T - Talk to someone about it (talk to a friend, a teacher, or Mum or Dad)
S - Stop
The 5 steps that would also help overcome bullying or prevent bullying are:
5) Be resilient – bounce back, and walk tall with your head held high.
4) Be respectful – treat others how we want to be treated.
3) Be caring – look after one another.
2) Contribute – help others.
1) Be Honest – Always tell the truth.
The tamariki loved the exotic birds in the show especially Ruby the African grey parrot and Zazu the McCaw. El Gregoe mentioned parrots and how they love to repeat what they hear, without thinking. He then mentioned, “At Te Mahia School we like to repeat the good things.” The tamariki agreed, so I expect to hear positive words all around.
Lots of laughter, smiles all around from all of our Te Mahia School tamariki. The El Gregoe Magic show is definitely worthwhile and has a positive anti-bullying message and useful strategies that can help. One of the strongest messages he left us with was “ You’ve got the power to make a difference in your school”. And all our tamariki definitely have the power to make a positive difference in our school.