Even though it feels like we have only just stared 2019 we have already started planning in earnest for 2020. The most significant aspect of next year for us is introducing our Year 12 course or Senior 2 as we refer to the next stage of our curriculum delivery. As we have the opportunity to … More Senior 2
My last post focused on Gert Biesta’s presentation at the conference I attended last week during my time with other Canterbury Secondary School Principals as part of our Educational visit to Brisbane. In this post I want to profile another presenter from that conference. Dominique Smith is a significantly different educator to Biesta. Where Biesta … More Dominique Smith.
Last week I joined fellow Secondary School Principals from the Canterbury West Coast regions on an educational tour of Brisbane. One of the highlights of this three day tour was having the opportunity to hear Gert Biesta present at the Queensland Principal’s annual conference. Biesta is currently working at Maynooth University in Ireland and at … More Gert Biesta
The phrase ‘we live in a rapidly changing world’ has been used so often over the last decade that it has become increasingly cliched and runs the risk of becoming an empty statement, obvious but, at the same time, almost meaningless. Like many others I have used this phrase on many occasions to introduce discussions … More The Dilemma of Change.
The first term of our third year has certainly been a challenging one. The roll growth associated with adding a year level every year for our first five years means we have grown from a roll of 220 when we opened in 2017 to a roll of over 700 as we began our third year. … More Just a Look
My son is currently back in New Zealand for a bit of a holiday. A fair number of our conversations over the last few days have centred on Yuval Noah Harari’s latest book which he is currently reading. Naturally I quickly turned to the section dealing with Education to see what he had to say … More This is the bus we are on.
As we begin our third year of operation it is fascinating to see how we have grown. There are obvious developments like the number of learners and staff and the associated increase in sports, groups and learning opportunities but another important area of growth and development for me has been our garden area … More The Garden
“While I’m alive I’ll make tiny changes to earth.” On 10th May 2018 Scott Hutchinson, the lead singer of Scottish band Frightened Rabbit made the tragic decision to take his own life. Frightened Rabbit inspired an incredibly devoted following around the world, their intensely personal songs meant that many felt a very strong emotional … More Make Tiny Changes To Earth.
One of the joys presented by the long summer holidays is the opportunity to catch up with friends and family that you haven’t seen as much of as you would have liked to during the year. One of these old friends that I had the chance to spend time with again these holidays was … More To Kill A Mockingbird.
Below is the transcript of my Year 10 Prize giving speech. This time last year I stood here to give the Principal’s address at our first prize-giving. It brought to an end a year of firsts. Everything we did was a first. Well we are not new anymore, we are here. So at the end … More What are we?