Rise Up Trust began life in a garage, as Auntie Sita’s Home School. Today, it is a Charitable Trust that runs a partnership school with almost 100 primary school students in Otahuhu. This school is called the Rise Up Academy and has a vision of creating ‘Our Best Generation Yet!’ The school is focused on nurturing ‘Sharp minds, good hearts and strong bodies’. The school began in 2014 and in 2015 Lotteries funded research was undertaken to explore how the students and families were experiencing the school.
The views of children attending the Rise Up Academy (Te RUA), along with those of their whānau/families, were canvassed between December 2014 and April 2015. The aim was to gain their perspectives on how the Rise Up approach and ‘principles of practice’ are being experienced, as well as what they like about Te RUA, and what could be improved, changed or developed. A session with Rise Up staff was also held to reflect on themes arising, and to capture staff perspectives on how the Rise Up principles of practice are operating.
The Report presents the findings from this process.