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.
Anyone who has driven past the College site recently would have noticed just how rapidly the buildings and environment are growing and changing. It seems that every day brings new visual developments. As the two photos above show, it wasn’t that long ago that the site was an undeveloped patch of land on the outskirts … More Progress.
Foundation Staff I am extremely excited to announce the appointment of the foundation teaching staff at Rolleston College. We have been fortunate in appointing a team of highly skilled and dedicated educators to drive the Rolleston College vision and inspire our learners to realise their full potential. The appointed staff cover all of the … More Appointments.
He kākano i ruia mai i Rāngiatea. The seed will not be lost. This simple whakatauki encapsulates so much of what I believe should guide a modern secondary school. Just like a seed that is nurtured and ‘fed’ will grow and transform into a vibrant plant or flower so a child needs nurturing and ‘feeding’ … More The Seed will not be Lost.
Over the last few weeks I have been totally preoccupied with, and consumed by, the appointment of teaching staff process as we move towards staffing the school for our start in 2017. This process has been very exciting but has also made me reflect on the professional development that we will all undertake as part … More A Reading List
It has been an exciting fortnight. As you can see one of the highlights has been releasing our school logo. Horeaka Haemata, the name that has been gifted to the college by Te Taumutu Rūnanga, Ngāi Tahu means flourishing lancewood. The lancewood tree is an important and powerful image that lies at the heart of … More Logos and Information Evenings.