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)
As we prepare for the arrival of our full complement of teaching staff in a few weeks I have prepared a booklet charting the journey so far. it attempts to collect the various strands of the thinking that has taken place in the planning stage here at Rolleston College and show the cohesion between these … More Away From The Numbers
The core business of any school is the delivery or facilitation or the enabling /encouragement of learning. Ultimately the core business is learning, the definition of what learning is and what it looks like is under scrutiny though as educators increasingly question what learning is and what it should be in a contemporary context. All … More Learning Centred or Learner Centred?
Last week I attended the #edchatnz conference, outstandingly organised by Danielle Myburgh and warmly hosted by Rototuna Junior High. Thanks to everyone involved. As with any effective conference this one made me think about a wide range of things and what follows is a fairly random collation of these thoughts. The dominant idea that seemed … More T’aint What You Do.