Principal's Blog

Week 1 Term 2 2015
23 April 2015

The Easter holiday at last brought an end to the golden weather of the 2015 summer. The children have all returned to school, and we are back into our work.

In the senior school we have welcomed the return of Jen Laird from a stint teaching in London. Jen seems very pleased to be back – maybe that is testament to the great children who come to this school. Relief teaching (or Supply as it’s called in the UK) has its own special challenges, and nowhere greater than in schools in the melting pot which is the City of London. We have also welcomed Paula Kirkpatrick onto the staff in the Junior School. Paula is a parent as well as a teacher, and we were thrilled to find someone with her breadth of experience through our appointment process.

We have also welcomed back the newly married Roger Fenemor after his marriage during the holidays to Deima, and it appears that they squeezed their celebration in before the weather failed, and had a glorious day and a lovely honeymoon. Roger has the hat to prove it.

With camps and three way conferences behind us, the term is set to be busy. It’s ANZAC Day on Saturday, and children are invited to bring a gold coin to buy a poppy tomorrow, keeping them fresh for any children who will wear them to a Dawn Service over the weekend. There has been a huge amount of publicity around the Gallipoli Centennial, and it is heart -warming to see the interest that the history stories generate from this new generation.

I was going to launch into a diatribe about the writings and advice of an international educator called Carol Dweck today, but might save it for the future, and direct parents instead to an interview posted this morning on RNZ’s Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan. Joseph Driessen is also a renown educationalist, and this interview offers some important advice that every parent should hear on assisting children to cope with challenge and disappointment. You can hear the full conversation here: Driessen Interview

Enjoy the long weekend. Philip Harding – Principal 

Sir Ken Robinson's - 'Changing Education Paradigms'
25 August 2014

This youtube is worth viewing.

Sir Ken Robinson shares on an animated youtube “Changing Education Paradigms” where he discusses the issues every country is facing with education. 

There are some aspects that you may debate, but it does help with the understanding of why change in education needs deep consideration.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

 

Some background on Sir Kenneth Robinson.  He is an English author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. He is highly regarded around the world. His book 'Finding Your Element' is an  interesting read as he talks about how your interests, talents and passions can influence your life.

Enjoy exploring, Raewyn

 

 

Checkout the wesite on MLE
30 July 2014

The best place to get a sense of what is happening with education in the future is the Modern Learning Environmemnt wesite.

mle.education.govt.nz

 

It provides information on:

  • the shifts in education to cater for students of today and in the future
  • the 8 critical elements that are being considered in the designs
  • how the environments nees to respond to learning needs and specialists activites
  • interesting case studies

From last week I have also attached the 'Glimpse of the future of education'

 

Enjoy exploring and learning more about the future of education.

Kind regards Raewyn

Glimpse into the future