Caltex Fuel Your School funds leadership programme Upwards at Wellington High
Caltex has granted Upwards Leadership Programme funding to help our WHS Students to find their roots and make 'a place to stand' on the marae at Taraika.
Upwards is a term-long leadership program for high school students designed by educationalist and digital instructional designer Christina Curley.
Upwards aims to empower, uplift and equip students with the skills they’ll need to become more resilient adults, and become the heroes of their own lives.
Starting with a pōwhiri to formally open the programme, it gives us a place to stand, a turangawaewae on our marae. Sessions are held in the Wharenui on the marae to further foster connection and a sense of belonging.
Upwards uses a tikanga Māori framework of leadership, Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and the principles of education program Te Kotahitanga. Leadership, self-knowledge and communication skills are interspersed with practical life skills to prepare students for life after high school and beyond. Sessions use a mixture of kinaesthetic and auditory learning to engage and meet the needs of Māori and Pacific learners, though the programme is open to all.
Upwards aims to meet students where they are, and create a promising future together. We are grateful for the support of Caltex Fuel Your School Grant for this programme.