The Primary Project

Rationale for Project

Peter Kenyon, a leader in Community Development, teaches that communities need to be built from the bottom up and the inside out. In the NZ Education Review, 30 April 2012, Garry Hornby wrote of the need for parents to be involved in their children’s education and how this leads to improvements in the children’s attitudes, behaviour, and attendance at school, as well as in their mental health.

The aim of The Primary Project is to see a local church, school and community working better together for the building of positive connections and relationships for children and families both within their school environment and in the wider community. These improvements are measured by the following four shared outcomes:

1. Students achieving
    • Student achievement enhanced
    • Increased participation in extra-curricular activities
    • Parents involved in the life of the school
    • Children developing positive character
2. Families strengthened
    • Families are aware of the resources available to them
    • Families have access to these resources
    • Families connected to one another and their school through supportive relationships
3. Kids enjoying life
    • Loving school
    • Higher attendance
    • Lower exclusions
    • Basic needs met – e.g. food, clothing, shelter, health
    • A strong sense of identity
4. Communities woven
    • Latent resources unleashed
    • Web of relationships woven
    • Sense of belonging and interdependence
    • Sense of identity and community spirit

This is a reproducible and sustainable model of relationally based community enablement that can be used by other communities.


The primary project Communities

The three Communities currently involved in the Primary Project are, Addington, West Spreydon and Rowley (an area of Hoon Hay which is predominately Polynesian and has many young people).

For more information on our journey, check this out: The Primary Project Story

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West Spreydon