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24 February 2017

posted 23 Feb 2017, 17:49 by Carolyn Brett
In 1988, almost 30 years ago, David Lange, New Zealand's Prime Minister at the time, launched “The Reform of Education Administration in NZ – Tomorrow’s Schools”.   

This meant that the Education Department, Education Boards and School Committees were replaced by an autonomous Ministry of Education, Education Review Office and a Board of Trustees to govern each school and also a change of role for Principals.

These changes have certainly meant greater responsibility, but it has also allowed for greater influence in the direction that parents, Boards and staff have on the school's unique 'flavour' and the types of learning experiences based on the children's needs and also the resources available. 

The truly wonderful Powhiri this morning is a wonderful example of one of the aims of this reform - we are talking about the Worser Bay School Community. Yes, we are all stargazers! We must travel through the heavens, like Tanenui i te Rangi retrieving the three ketes of knowledge together. 

From our Curriculum Document: 

"The home/school relationship is a very important feature in how we facilitate children’s development. There are many opportunities for parents to learn alongside their child, come along to Parent Workshops, and deepen understanding of the rich learning opportunities that are provided. We encourage parents to get involved in planning, to share expertise and to support inside and outside the learning spaces too. We expect to work in partnership with parents, sharing information freely and respectfully. Together we can provide optimal conditions for student success."

So, thank you for coming to the Family Picnic, for joining Karakia, for helping out with learning, for goal setting, for making an effort to come to the Powhiri and meet new whanau - the "Welcome to Our Learning Space" morning is coming up fast too. It's not always possible to find the time, but, when you can, it will be worth it!

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