Puritia te wahipa ("hold the past")
E tu i te rangi nei ("stand in this day")
Wawatahia te waheke ("dream for the future")
Treasure Yesterday Fernside School is 150 years old. We have a past to be proud of. (One of the oldest schools in Canterbury.) We have much to be grateful for and many people to thank. Schools and school communities develop over time. At Fernside we want children to know the school and community history and to show some sense appreciation of those who have come before them with special attention to the indigenous Maori communities and the language of Te Reo.
Live Today. - At Fernside School we encourage students to live the moment. To get involved and contribute. We create learning opportunities in a range of areas and recognise children who do their best. (The only thing you can influence is the now.) Past is gone and future has not yet come. It is our hope that in ensuring we focus on the know we can break down big goals into manageable and achievable targets . (“Eating an elephant one bite at a time.”)
Dream for tomorrow. - At Fernside School we know that what happens today has an impact on our choices tomorrow. What we learn now we can use tomorrow. What we practice and master today, we can use to create new possibilities in the future. For this reason we encourage children to look at consequences and possibilities in their decisions.
This applies to academic, cultural and sporting pursuits in addition to the broader ecological environment they will inherit.