Last Friday I spent the day in Auckland with five other Principals. All six of us are Principals of secondary schools [2 Canterbury, 2 Auckland, 1 Taranaki and 1 Waikato] that exist in a change environment. This was the second time that we had come together to share stories about leading change in a secondary … More DisruptED. NZ
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?
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.
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.
I try not to write too many self indulgent posts but this will be one, possibly the second one that I have written. I like to think that after 35 years [give or take] in teaching that I have always taken my vocation very seriously, I also like to think that during that time I … More Voice from the barn.
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.
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.
As a new school we get many visitors. There are two questions that always seem to come up. They are normally very politely worded but the essence of them is as follows. Question 1. This integration stuff, that will never work will it? Question 2. All of this is fine for the junior school but … More Integration, It Will Never Work.
This blog was never actually intended to be posted here. It was an article written last year for a magazine to show how learners can be truly creative when given license to be so. It seems that the magazine in question is in a bit of a hiatus so I thought I would post it … More Doodling for Change #2.
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