Kiaora koutou and welcome to the first update post. You can expect to see an update of what we have been up to each week. A lot has been happening over the last few weeks.
Coming up this term
- Inquiry seminars for all staff 22nd May at Featherston Schools (more details to be forwarded soon)
- Matariki Community Celebration 24th to 25th June (Details to follow. Keep it in your diary)
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi training 8th-11th July
It has been an exciting start for students and staff who attended the first Kaitiaki Academy last Thursday at Hau Ariki Marae. You can read more about this here.
There will be more Kaitiaki Academies coming up for students and interested teachers. Keep an eye out for these as they come up.
Teacher as Inquirer
All staff should have had a Poutama Pounamu observation by the end of this week, and some of you will find that this experience useful in helping you to formulate your inquiry for this year.
Over the next few weeks Juanita and I will be supporting teachers to refine their inquiry for 2019 during the Wednesday afternoon slots, so come along if you would like to discuss your ideas with one of us.
Learning groups will also be forming in the next few weeks. These groups will meet regularly, and will provide an opportunity to connect with our colleagues in the primary schools and share ideas etc. Like last year the focus areas will be:
- Student Agency
- Cultural responsiveness
- Digital Technologies
- Writing and Literacy
Student Led Inquiry
We have set up a group of interested students who will work on a student led inquiry.
As part of this project we will be doing an inquiry into inquiry models that could potentially be developed as a Kuranui Model for inquiry. Juanita is looking at things from a transitions perspective and following on from last years investigation is interested in developing a model that we could use across the Kahui Ako.
Students are working on digitising our schools waka over the next few weeks. They are also creating videos that demonstrate our school values. These will all combine with the primary schools to form and interactive web experience.