Recently I was involved in a conversation about what success actually physically looks like. We are used to measuring success by figures and graphs and quantitative data but we are coming to realize that it has another dimension that is also important. This is the more qualitative dimension where success is a more abstract … More What Does Success Look Like?
As part of the ongoing self and systems review and reflection that we go through here at Rolleston College we have recently tested how we are going at providing a learner centred learning environment. Being learner centred is a concept that we mention often and spend time discussing so it was natural to reflect on … More Reviewing a Learner Centred Approach.
Reflection and review is a key part of any modern school. At times, it seems that schools are in a constant state of self review. We are no different. One area that is often reviewed is that of teacher positioning and attitudes. Increasingly this has included looking at the various personality types that exist within … More Belief Systems.
It was great to see so many members of our community support our first fete recently, even the weather co-operated. It was a wonderful event and, as a college, we genuinely appreciate and thank everyone from the Rolleston community who assisted us in so many ways to ensure that this day was a success. What … More But Is It Learning?
Last week I used my spot in our fortnightly newsletter to speak about my concerns regarding the levels of hurt felt by many of our young people across New Zealand, a hurt that, in its most extreme cases, can lead to suicide. It was not a comfortable experience writing that article, nor was it … More Concerns.
Term Two has just finished and the last two weeks have highlighted one, seemingly obvious, realisation about the current state of education and that is that; we live in interesting and in many cases confusing times. There is no doubt that we live in a time of educational change where the status quo is being … More Interesting Times /Confusing Times.
On May 12th I was fortunate enough to be able to join other Principals from the Canterbury/ West Coast region on a three day tour of Melbourne schools. It was a busy and fascinating three day whirlwind and I thank the Ministry of Education and Neil Wilkinson [and others] for the support and organisation that … More Melbourne.
As we get ready for Term Two we all need that inspirational lift to get us really buzzing again. The paper below certainly ticked those boxes for me. I was excited about the upcoming term now, having read this paper, I have moved to an over excited state. http://studentsatthecenterhub.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/teachersatwork-full-1.pdf
We had many visitors during Term 1 and I mean many visitors. One of the comments made more than once has stuck in my mind. “This doesn’t feel like a school.” At first I didn’t know how to take his comment. After all we are a school so shouldn’t we feel like one.After a bit … More The Hive.
As you would expect of a new school, all of our attention and effort for our first term was directed totally on our learners. The induction of our first cohort, establishing a safe and inclusive learning environment and developing a sense of identity and culture were our top priorities. Our focus was on establishing appropriate … More Reflection.