Reporters: Sheldon and Helena
On Thursday the 22nd of February, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, came to visit Bromley School to announce mental health policy for Canterbury and Kaikōura children. It wasn't just Prime Minister Ardern, there were people from the government such as the Minister of Health, David Clark, and two well-known Christchurch MPs, Hon Megan Woods and Poto Williams.
Two of our Ariki leaders, Sheldon and Helena, got talk and introduce the Prime Minister and everyone that came. Some of the guests went to the library where Mandy and her coding group were working and to Pītau 1 to see what they were learning about.
Prime Minister Ardern came in a crown grey BMW. When she stepped out of the car, our Kapa Haka team welcomed her and her team. They did a wonderful job on such short notice.
Our Ariki then led Prime Minister Ardern to the staff room where she met Mr Kinley, some of our Board of Trustees members, parents, Wali the cat, and our lead teachers. She then spoke about the mental health care initiative.
Afterwards, the Prime Minister spoke to the media outside and some of the teachers and staff had photos with her before she left.
Mr Kinley says, “It was a fantastic day for Bromley School. Not only just to meet the Prime Minister in person and chat to her, as well as other very important Members of Parliament, but to hear about her announcement to support children in their mental health made this certainly a day to remember”.
We hope that initiatives like this really do benefit us children and we look forward to hosting more important guests who make important decisions about our future.