TERM 4, 2016: Week 5

Our Learning

Learning in the last week has been transformational.

Excited much? Testing hydraulics with Baverstock students.

Excited much? Testing hydraulics with Baverstock students.

Week 5 has been a whirlwind with our staff visiting Rototuna Junior High School and the Hobsonville Point community of schools in West Auckland. Having the opportunity to see the theories we are discussing in action has been an invaluable way to make real world connections to our thought processes. We have been working hard to turn our we believes into principles and practises that will be the blueprint for how will we work when the rubber hits the road. We have continued our collaborative STEM teaching at Baverstock Oaks which has seen engaged learning from both students and staff.

We are mighty proud of the crane we built!

We are mighty proud of the crane we built!

Our People

This week we were joined once again by Chris Clay for the third instalment of ‘Thinking differently’, we were challenged to think about transformative learning.

Tinkering with cardboard wheels and a rear wheel drive motor.

Tinkering with cardboard wheels and a rear wheel drive motor.

Chris provoked us to think about making real connections with our learning and doing this through setting challenges, using a scarcity of resources, with a timeframe and a demonstration. He took us through another amazing demonstration of innovation with scarce resources and tight parameters. He challenged us to make a vehicle that was powered by a propeller that would be able to move quickly across the ground. Chris wanted us to innovate on the original idea and find novel ways to achieve the desired outcome.  

Our Environment

We have seen the scaffolding come down from the outside of our Kura and it is starting to resemble the space that we are going to be working in. The gymnasium now has a floor and there are basketball hoops installed. We are excited by all the changes we can see happening in front of us and it is beginning to feel like opening day is just around the corner.

Next Steps

We’ve hit the halfway point of the final term before opening day in 2017.

We continue our school visits this week with Kelly organising visits to Murray's Bay Intermediate and her previous school Orewa College.  

Parent information night on Wednesday the 16th of November is fast approaching and we are busy preparing to meet our community and the learners that will be taking ownership of this space next year.