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26 May 2017

posted 25 May 2017, 17:47 by Carolyn Brett
There was a lovely article in the latest Education Gazette last week about using the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) model in an Early Learning environment. This was really timely as we are using the AI approach more and more - whether it's in our conversations about staff and student strengths, curriculum review or professional learning .... opportunities abound! 

This article also resonated strongly with the focus on outdoor learning. Last week our new shadehouse saw plenty of action. We are being supported by Te Motu Kairangi Restoration Group who have financed and helped to install the irrigation system. John (our John!) and Joakim (from Motu Kairangi) collected seed of endemic species and planted these with the children this last week. Seedlings will be planted in our immediate area and we are also supporting the Motu Kairangi vision which is to restore the Korowai a Tāne, Tāne’s cloak. Tāne being the God of the Forest! 

You can read the article here.

We are gearing up for Matariki Celebrations later in the term. If you are new to the school, you will soon realise that we always mix things up a bit with these celebrations and will rarely rock out the same thing! So, this year you can anticipate some planting of your own! Yes, whanau/family planting among some other activities which will soon be finalised and then revealed. Please pop aside the date: Monday 26 June 2017

If you haven't celebrated Matariki before, you can find out more about it here.

Discos, Fair Meetings, Helping with swimming, sports, trips, up and coming Ceilidh........ and on it goes. I had a parent say to me last week that she just can't believe how engaged this community is. Go us!
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