2015 is a huge year for us, we welcome 3 new teaching staff who have settled in very well and are making significant contributions to our school. Our new caretaker has also been incredibly busy and is doing a wonderful job of making our place look fabulous. We have a fantastic group of people involved with the school and the community and the outlook is incredibly positive.
Master planning for our re development
This is well and truly underway and we are now working with the architects and engineers to design a school environment that will fit our philosophy of teaching in the 21st Century.
Much discussion is happening among staff and the BOT about our teaching practice and ensuring that it is responsive enough to deliver a high quality teaching and learning programme for our students.
I will update the blog as this develops further.
Manaiakalani outreach programme
Our main professional learning development over the next three years will be based on the incredibly successful Manaiakalani cluster in Auckland. manaiakalani.org
This is cutting edge professional learning that will ensure that our students are getting the best possible teaching programme. It has a strong emphasis on a Learn, Create and Share model that utilises technology both at school and in the home to create an anywhere, anytime learning environment. This model has a had a huge impact on raising student achievement within the Auckland cluster and we look forward to benefiting from their knowledge.
Technology- Devices of choice...
As a school we have chosen to utilise and focus our energy into I pads for students in Year 0-3 and Google chrome books for Years 4-6. Rimu class are currently 1-1 device and our new entrants/year 1 class are also virtually 1-1. These devices are having a big impact on engagement levels. Later in the year all students in Year 4-6 will have the opportunity to lease to own their very own chrome book that will travel everywhere with them.
We have had a lot of new furniture added to the classes and this is allowing the students to work much more collaboratively, it is interesting to watch how teachers and students are using this to reinforce modern learning pedagogy.
The dictionary states these definitions of "modern"
relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past: the pace of modern life | modern European history.
• characterised by or using the most up-to-date techniques, ideas, or equipment: they do not have modern weapons.
As a school we see the importance of having the highest quality teaching and learning programmes possible. Keeping up with "modern" trends is top priority and we have excellent systems in place to do this. Obviously the PLD plays a big part too.
Teachers have begun working collaboratively @ Gilberthorpe and this will continue to develop with time, next step is the buildings allowing this to happen much more easily.
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