Our New Zealand Sign Language learning was tested this week when we visited Mission Heights Junior College's Kelston Deaf Education Centre Classes. 2 of the teachers from this unit, along with the learners and their whanau will be included in the Ormiston Schools' Deaf learning provision. The staff and learners were warm and welcoming and we look forward to working more closely with them as well as the families of learners at Ormiston Primary School to co-construct transition plans and leadership opportunities for these awesome future OJC learners. Vivita, the lead teacher at the MHJC centre, is an inspiration, and we really look forward to benefiting from her knowledge and experience next year as part of the OJC Whanau.
A visit to Rongomai STEM centre to see Nick Pattison and his Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics or STEM class in action was also truly exceptional. Nick and his class have broken ground in STEM learning in New Zealand in the ways they have engaged with community, business, universities, iwi, and government in order to achieve some truly exceptional outcomes. They have managed to invent, solve, and create products and solutions through their use of robotics, engineering, coding, and prototyping and have even developed commercially and socially viable solutions for real issues that will be employed in local situations. Visit the Rongomai STEM centre blog to learn more about this class's great work and learning. Nick has really motivated our team to extend our thinking about STEM and connecting with the community for authentic learning challenges and experiences, and we look forward to continuing to connect with him in the future.
Week 8 was an amazing week to be enjoying the privilege of working out of Ormiston Senior College. Each year, OSC celebrates the incredible diversity in our community through its International Week celebrations. From eating competitions to daily cultural performances and activities, the action pack week celebrated the Senior College's Global Citizenship in style. The week culminated in a full house on Friday night for the International Food night and Young Enterprise Scheme Class's market night. From Samosas and cheese rolls, to bath bombs and tech, there was certainly something for everyone as the entire Ormiston community gathered together for the festivities and performances to cap off an amazing week.
It was also all systems go at Ormiston Primary School where the OrmPS learning community celebrated the end of term with a Collaborative Community Day. Their tailored PB4L initiative day focused on celebrating one of their core values of Collaborative Learning with a community challenge day in which groups of learners worked together on a variety of #oresome tasks to gain points for their teams. A great feature was enjoying the lunch time food market treats (where John and Viv leapt into action alongside OrmPS learners as Milo chef and vendor) while Luke and Kat enjoyed taking a look at the collaborative community family album which displayed all the learners and their families showing how they collaborate at home.
OUR ENVIRONMENT - THE THIRD TEACHER
OJC is very lucky to have our own purpose built science, technology and art wing which the LoLs have begun to affectionately refer to as "The Factory". It was with this in mind, that Luke, Viv, and John, all went to visit Jan Ubels, a former Secondary School Head of Arts and Technology who is a master maker and artist for the NZ Opera set design crew. The team had a magical visit, and we are lucky to have connected with such a knowledgeable, experienced and talented craftsperson.
As we roll towards the Term 2 break, we will also be working on completing our Round 2 of Learning Coach Recruitment. Our staff list is starting to look really great, and we can't wait to find 1 or 2 more outstanding educators to complete the team. For more information, please check out our Recruitment Page. We've also been busily writing up school documentation - a perfect job for the rainy days we've been having, and putting plans in place for more learner and community consultation and relationship building events over the next term. Full enrolment interviews will also be coming up in Term 3, so if you have not yet enrolled and have a learner in zone starting with us in 2016, please make your way to the Pre-enrolments Page here. Have a lovely last week of term, and keep warm!
Nga mihi nui,
The OJC LoL Team
Luke, Viv, John & Kat