There are not too many better ways to mark Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa (Samoan Language Week) than to have a hot Koko Samoa while it teams down with rain outside OJC central! Though our Samoan may not have improved as much as we'd hoped, marking language and cultural events is crucial to the way we travel the road of building a multi-cultural community together, and this means participating and contributing as well as trying new things!
Luke has also been busy attending the Trans-Tasman Principal's Conference along with Heath McNeil of Ormiston Primary School. The conference is focusing on setting up
three days of inspiration with the theme “Knowledge in Our Hands” which provides an exciting backdrop for a series of high quality speakers, sharing their stories about innovations and practice from education and other sectors. In the spirit of collaboration, the (conference has been) structured with a programme that will showcase stories and story tellers. (Trans-Tasman Principal's Conference)
The conference aims to support developing and sharing ideas around the similar concepts which underpin both the NZ and Australian curriculums. These include:
· Innovation, inquiry, & curiosity
· Community & Participation
· Ecological sustainability
The rest of the team is looking forward to the insights our fearless leader will no doubt bring back to the workroom to share!
In the meantime, the rest of us also had a really great opportunity to extend our own thinking about real world problem solving, technology/coding/robotics, and entrepreneurship and community partnerships with Chris Clay of 'Thinking Differently'. Chris does a range of consulting in education on technology and authentic problem solving, as well as on developing a culture of innovation in learning in order to address evolving needs rather than being simply solutions based as a driver for initiatives. Chris is also a part of Edge Work, The Educational Futures Network and has a lot to offer for our thinking about learning at OJC.
This virtual centre, (Edgework, which is) based at AUT, has been set up to catalyse thinking to build new forms of education that are a better fit with the complexities of today's world -
For more information on Edgework's mission you can find them at: http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/study-areas/education/educational-futures
It's always a pleasure to dialogue and challenge our thinking with leaders in this field that support our own learning and work. We look forward to connecting more in the future!
As part of our whakawhanaungatanga we have been working on getting involved with all the schools in the Ormiston community. John had the pleasure of supporting Ormiston Primary School this week with their swimming program. The primary school learners have been journeying to weekly lessons through SwimGym at Otara Pool & Leisure Centre where they have all had the opportunity to develop or extend their swimming and water safety skills. The rest of the LoL team are all looking forward to taking a turn with this awesome group of enthusiastic kids!
The Primary School also had an exciting visit this week from the NZ government. John and Viv enjoyed a visit to Ormiston Primary School on Wednesday morning. The primary school hosted the Minister of Education the Honourable Hekia Perata, Associate Minister of Education Nikki Kaye, and local MP for Hunua Andrew Bayly this morning. The Minister announced details of its funding commitment to the Ormiston Community and its schools. For the full announcement follow this link to the government's official statement. It's great to know the Ministry have Ormiston on their radar and are ensuring the focus remains on developing stellar education in our community.
THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT - OUR THIRD TEACHER
This week also afforded us with a neat opportunity to interact with a special initiative by the Education Review Office (ERO). This special team were visiting Ormiston Senior College as part of a nation wide tour of ILE pedagogy and an ERO research initiative around following up their work developing the Modern New Zealand learning practice glossary which was released in February of this year. As part of the project they are using their new School Evaluation Indicators to explore best practices in modern learning around NZ. We're really looking forward to reading the paper that comes out of their visits with high quality innovative schools around NZ. For more information on the new Indicators, the glossary of Modern Learning Practice in NZ and all things ERO related, explore more here .
Our first round of recruitment will be concluding in the next week as we complete the interview portion of the process over Friday and Saturday of this week. We'll also be visiting our neighbours to the North East next week when Mission Heights Junior College opens its doors to us to experience what learning at MHJC looks, sounds, and feels like.
We've also posted and officially announced our upcoming Community Consultation Hui sessions. These will be held on June 15th at Te Manawa, the Ormiston Primary School Library.