We had many visitors during Term 1 and I mean many visitors. One of the comments made more than once has stuck in my mind. “This doesn’t feel like a school.” At first I didn’t know how to take his comment. After all we are a school so shouldn’t we feel like one.After a bit … More The Hive.
As you would expect of a new school, all of our attention and effort for our first term was directed totally on our learners. The induction of our first cohort, establishing a safe and inclusive learning environment and developing a sense of identity and culture were our top priorities. Our focus was on establishing appropriate … More Reflection.
Term One finished yesterday, eleven weeks that has seen Rolleston College move from a series of ‘flash’ buildings to a school. A school full of the hopes, dreams, talents, intelligence and laughter of the learners who have given heart to the buildings. And yes they have also brought with them, their fears and anxieties, as … More Beyond the Buildings.
It was a damp Sunday last weekend and with no Premier league on this weekend it was a perfect time to catch up on some of the articles that have come into my Twitter account recently. The first one was an article titled, “Re- Imagine Space For Learning” by Alastair Blyth. As I am the principal … More Impatience.
What follows is a brief visual history of the development of Rolleston College. Early 2015 Pete Buyers took this picture when he first heard of where the new College was to be built. November 4, 2015 Groundwork is well underway. December 3, 2015 As the end of the year grew close the buildings started to … More A History, so far
Just before Christmas I was able to enjoy a few days holiday in Noosa, Australia. While there I came across an article in one of the Sunday newspapers expressing concern about the current plight of the Australian education system. It was based on the results of the most recent PISA testing. The PISA tests are … More International Lessons.
First, Happy New Year and I hope that wherever you are and wherever you have been over the Summer it has been fantastic. Second, my apologies for the following self indulgent post but in the brief hiatus between packing up our office at West Rolleston and preparing for the opening of the College I have … More Self Indulgent Post.
I know, this is a strange title for a blog, especially when we are only a matter of weeks away from opening the College but it is a concept that I believe is hugely underestimated and misunderstood. All too often it is seen as something bad and to be avoided. It would be far more … More Fail.
The photo above was taken on our very first day in our ‘home’ for 2016 at West Rolleston Primary School. A computer, coffee cup , a chair and a couple of trestle tables, this was ‘us’ in January. This same space is now ‘home’ for a total staff of 27 including senior leaders, admin and … More On Anchors and Other Things.
Earlier in the year we produced a booklet to introduce Rolleston College to our community. It introduced the key elements to how we plan to structure the learning at the college. It has proven to be a very useful booklet and one that has encouraged plenty of positive discussion. Rolleston College FINAL (1)