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18 May 2018

posted 17 May 2018, 18:07 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 17 May 2018, 18:08 ]
The traditional African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”, has been widely quoted. This concept of the “village” and all of the interconnected pieces, partnerships and supports is essential if we want our children to have an opportunity to build the competencies to make "I am powerful" a reality. 

I was reminded of this very thing last week when I received an email from a parent who has a child now at secondary school. 

".......Just a quick word to say a big ‘thank you’ as always to the Worser Bay Team.

We had X’s Parent teacher Interviews last night and every teacher was thrilled with her. Why? They assess the students using the SOLO taxonomy. X is scoring 7s and 8s because, thanks to her Worser Bay Experience, she knows how to transfer and apply knowledge. She can problem solve and think around ideas. We are so proud.

It is what Worser Bay does so well – create critical thinkers. Thank you!"

I thought this is a good example of how many learner outcomes may not be realised until later in schooling and life. It  also prompted me to reflect on the many people and all of the different skills and strengths supporting lovely student X to get themselves to this great place! 

I was reminded of this again last week when I overheard a teacher talk about the 'village approach required to support students with behavioural/learning challenges'. Again, when I see the complex process of pulling a written progress report together. You will receive a double-sided written report at your upcoming meetings. It seems straightforward. Simple even, maybe? What has led up to this has been a complex task involving the child, Base Group Teacher, Team Teachers, Team Leaders, Assessment Coordinator and Support Staff.... and me!  

In my previous workplace, as in many of yours, I am imagining the well utilised term of 'breaking down the silos' is probably still bandied about. 

For WBS to have a true village approach, it means that the interconnected pieces, partnerships and supports must be highly functioning. By the time you leave that Progress Meeting, you can be assured that at least 9 WBS villagers have been part of the process! There aren't any silos here.
 
On Wednesday, it was the first International Day of Education Support Staff Personnel and the theme ....... Making it possible.
So, in terms of 'we are powerful', I would like us to give gratitude to our Support Staff, Cloe, Christine, Carolyn and Steph - they are committed to 'making it possible'.
Please find an opportunity to show manaakitanga next time you see them or dial the school's number!