Over the past week we have been very tactical in ensuring we are well prepared for all the staff who are joining us on the first day of next term. With thirteen teachers getting together there will be plenty of excitement and plenty of rich conversations about learning. We have a variety of activities planned, several school visits and a three day retreat where we will focus on working as a team.
Part of the important learning over the last five weeks has been the enrolment interviews. These are a great source of information. Speaking directly with the students, listening to the things they find hard at school and the things they love to do, helps us put in place plans for ensuring we address the needs of our children. It has been a pleasure to meet so many wonderful students and their families. If you haven't had an enrolment interview this needs to happen, it's very important. The process is; pre-enrol on the website, we email you some documents to fill in, you book a time with us and you then bring these documents to the interview.
Part of building a new school is collaborating with our contributing schools. We have enrolled students from 25 different schools so it is difficult to work with all of them. The major contributor is Ormiston Primary, this week we have popped out to their camp, Rewi and John walked the long tramp with the Ormiston learners. We saw some really exciting challenges and were impressed with the guts that the Ormiston kids were showing. It is important that children face these challenges together, the support for one another helps build teamwork and empathy, dispositions we certainly want for our children. The last day of term was entertaining too with the "Ormiston's got talent" show. Well done to those brave enough to give it a go.
We have been meeting with a diverse group of people over the last week. Try this for a busy week: The National Library service, ed-adventurer Chris Clay, Matt Williams and his team from Kauri Flats school (opens in February), signwriters, health and safety experts, Zaelene Maxwell Butler from Ngai Tai and eleven enrolment interviews. It has been a week of moving forward at quite a fast pace.
We have negotiated some new staff who will join us for the set up phase of the school. We have four new teachers on board who each bring a skill set to add to our lineup. While all this goes on Viv, John and Kat are busy with their essays and assignments for their post grad study.
Term 4 sees phase four. Turning the "I believe" (values) that teachers possess into "we believe" (school values). As a team of teachers we clearly have to align our work values, forming the non-negotiables. This is going to be very important. How and why we do things is crucial so these next few weeks will be about setting a high standard together.