Kindness…why?

Last year, at this time of the year, we launched an initiative that we titled ‘Be Brave Be Kind,’ our intention was to develop among our foundation learners confidence in themselves as individuals that could then play a part in making the lives of those around them just a little bit better. More specifically it … More Kindness…why?

Creating Community.

The end of another busy term and the chance to grab a few moments for reflection before the onslaught of Term 4. One of the obvious primary needs in establishing a new school is clarifying a shared vision. In previous posts I have talked about the need for a new school to have ‘anchors.’ These … More Creating Community.

Fight of the Owls.

We’ve been busy recently, busy in the barn, preparing for our first year of senior learning in 2019, our first year of NCEA assessment. Inevitably this process has required a good deal of thought and reflection. What does senior learning look like at Rolleston College? What should it look like? What could it look like? … More Fight of the Owls.

NCEA vs Learning.

I must admit to finding the potential offered to us in the current NCEA review to be something not only very important but also very exciting. I do have one concern though. I fear that we are about to go down the same path that we have already gone down. A path that led to … More NCEA vs Learning.

The Disturbing Debate.

There is one aspect of the current national debate around the future of education and the nature of our assessment system that is disturbing me. There seems to be a trend amongst some participants [media and educators] in this important debate to define educators as being in one of two opposing camps. All too often … More The Disturbing Debate.

Sir Ken Robinson

I still vividly remember the staff meeting when I first saw Ken Robinson’s famous Ted Talk on creativity in schools [or lack of]. I still remember going from a slouched, semi focused state to an upright, alert one. I well remember how almost magically clouds seemed to clear, birds seemed to sing and the purpose … More Sir Ken Robinson

Wolves.

  Before Rolleston College opened we realised that there was a need to have some anchors. that would provide our base core vision as we developed. Some core values and  concepts that we could return to would serve to secure us and refocus us. Some key concepts that defined who we were and who we … More Wolves.