The OJC team's learning this week has really zeroed in on what it means to be learners as adults and teachers. Fred and Kelly have been provoking the team to dig deeply into what the needs of our whole team will be in order to "Guarantee every learner engages in innovative, personalised world class learning" with shared values and beliefs around what that will look like at OJC. Fred and Kelly have also continued their immersion learning process by visiting Hobsonville Point Primary and Secondary Schools and Alfriston College, to experience life in those learning environments and share ideas with other enthusiastic and experienced educators.
Kat has been working hard with Rose the Ormiston Senior College Cybrarian on developing an innovative and interactive approach to developing our library space at OJC. By developing partnerships with the National Library, Auckland City Libraries, and taking a information gathering and sharing approach to how the space is used and grown, the OJC library should shape up to be something truly special. The Seattle Public Library and Librarians provided some of the initial inspiration for how to take the OJC library and information centre to the next level, and we are looking forward to seeing our centre in action.
Enrolment interviews have begun in earnest. Luke has been on his A-game as he moves from interview to interview, establishing connections with our 2017 OJC Whanau and their learners. All of the Lol's have had a chance this week to begin meeting our Foundation Learning Community, and it is truly shaping up to be an awesome first year. Keen kids and involved parents are any school's dream combo, and it seems that we are coming up with these qualities in spades.
Carol, our Executive Officer, has also come on board this week, and we all could not be happier. Carol has come to us from the business and banking sector, and her skill set and amazing friendly and professional approach have added another dimension and perspective to our team as well. Her efficiency and technical knowledge are second to none, and she has taken to educational jargon, processes, and digital tools like a duck to water.
OUR ENVIRONMENT - THE THIRD TEACHER
Jan has continued his amazing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) work with the Ormiston Primary Year 6's and 7's. Their engineering skills have been tested as they experiment with different design briefs which have pushed them to think creatively about flight and using Technology processes to bring those ideas into fruition. Jan's ability to use the learning environment as a provocation for each group has allowed them to collaborate and co-construct new knowledge and ideas through the materials, models, and experience of being surrounded by the visible learning that has been taking place. This has truly begun to enhance the thinking and learning experience for the kids as they challenge themselves to also add to the shared knowledge on display at Ormiston Senior College in our Learning Commons.
We will be continueing on with official enrolment interviews while also preparing for our next round of community consultation with our families. We have a community consultation night planned for the coming up week and hope to see many of our 2017 Learning Community Whanau there.
Parent Workshop and Info Evening
THURSDAY, 25th August
Venue: Ormiston SENIOR College in LC1.
These evenings are stand alone so if you missed Part 1 in Term 2, it does not matter. We look forward to continuing to work together on making OJC at all or some of these workshops.
Our opening parent info night will be held in Term 4, date and venue TBC.
This final information session for the year will focus on the details of life and learning at OJC in 2017.