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19 May 2017

posted 18 May 2017, 19:11 by Carolyn Brett
Serendipity was alive and well last Friday when an email popped through from a parent titled "Back in the Day!". I'd been discussing the history of the school with a visiting colleague the previous day and sharing the book 'Open School House' printed in 1980, where we feature on the cover. I'd also been flicking through the booklet '100 Years at Worser Bay' and thinking about Miramar's past, as this is the context for Student Inquiry in the Juniors at the moment. 

So, it was just brilliant timing to receive this email with an excerpt from Lauris Edmond's autobiographical story "Lauris Edmond - An Autobiography". Lauris was a highly regarded poet, writer and teacher here at WBS for a time. It's just too good not to share:

"In the third term I moved again, to Worser Bay, a small school on the top of a hill, high up among the soughing pine trees and pohutukawa, and overlooking the Miramar plain on one side and the steep slope down to the sea on the other. It was a remote, windy place and the school, appropriately enough, seemed outside the system that bound other city schools. This was perhaps because the headmaster, a retired sea captain, had come to teaching late and with an unusually casual attitude to the job. He was a fanatical bowls and golf player. He spent every afternoon, and some whole days, at the bowling club or golf course or, if the weather was disappointing, dozing on the staffroom couch. He was a genial, whiskery old chap, adroit at easing his way through differences of opinion with his teachers - indeed at morning tea, or on his rare visits to my Standard 2 class, he didn't show a great interest in educational matters at all. He talked of his days at sea, or in the Old Country, asked how we were. It was as though only by chance did he find himself in the company of people who spent their days shut in rooms talking to young children arranged in rows before them. He himself did no such thing, and after lunch appeared not to concern himself with whether we continued to do it either. There was much getting out early at Worser Bay."

So, although clearly some things have changed hugely from this time (ha!), Lauris does note it seemed 'outside the system' which is interesting.

We host many schools from all over NZ and beyond who are looking at building collaborative learning spaces and designing a more future focussed curriculum. We certainly operate 'in the system' and what we do is not so different anymore but....... I do get a very strong feeling that more of a boundary pushing, child-centred philosophy runs deep and is well established at our place!

Please find a scanned copy of a couple of pages of the WBS booklet I was referring to. There is a copy in the office if you want to have a closer read. The photos are great!

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