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13 April 2018

posted 12 Apr 2018, 18:02 by Carolyn Brett
This term has seen more longer weekends and longer sunnier warmer days than many before! This has allowed the Inquiry around the Guardians of the Forest to take full advantage of the beautiful natural environment and remove the confines of the classroom walls for learning. When we look at our Strategic Goal of 'connecting learners', it's not just the children we are talking about here - it's also the 'bigger' people - us - the staff and parents. Teachers have been engaged in full on Professional Learning since the Teacher Only Days before the children came back this year. The main focus has been the teaching of writing (as we really aim to make shifts this year). Formative assessment practices (that's the ongoing minute by minute, day by day judgments that inform planning) and ongoing learning around Positive Education.

If it's what teachers do minute by minute that has a significant impact on achievement and schools base their existence on achievement, in the widest sense, then it's essential that we place a good deal of energy, time and resources into teacher practice. Much of our learning has involved a heavy research base, observation, coaching,  presenting, inquiring,...... roll on 3.15pm the 'other side' of being a teacher starts. Some of our teachers have benefitted from attending Conferences outside of our fair city, from connecting with other schools either online or face to face, having colleagues visit........ it's dynamic, the expectations are big, only those who are committed and passionate about what they do have the drive to keep on learning like our teachers do.

It's also our parents and wider whānau, who are in this connecting learners goal - there is no escape! We have plenty of  learning opportunities in these Newsletters, Parent Connection Points, Seesaw, Blogs, Parent Workshops, Meet the Board sessions, Goal Setting and Reporting sessions, Student Led Conferences, Rising 5s..... ParentNet Catch Ups..... Assemblies, Volunteering on trips or in the classroom, Pōwhiri... a wide variety of ways to suit different needs and work commitments. You can even learn plenty helping out with sossies or pizzas!

Next term, look out for at least one Positive Education Whānau Day, Matariki Celebrations, Progress Meetings........ as we build up to a legendary Arts Celebration in Term 3 this year. In the meantime, in appreciation of all of your support and care this term, and we look forward to keeping our connecting learners goal healthy, well rested and fed in Term 2.
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