Day one of my learning journey…


Today was a significant day. I joined a really exciting team of Leaders of Learning at Hobsonville Point Secondary School. To say that I was felt trepidation would be an understatement. The exciting position we find ourselves in comes along so seldom it almost seems like a dream position – to be able to start a school from scratch and to really embed the values which so many of us hold dear but are often unable to see to their full potential.

For me, the value which is paramount is that learning needs to be student centred. This may sound like common sense but the reality of many schools is that students fit around the structures and traditions of the school. I am a lover of tradition, as a teacher of Classical Studies and ancient History, how can I deny that? However, I do feel that if we, as a profession, are really going to live up to the ideals of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) then there needs to be a paradigm shift.

The principles of the Assessment for Learning movement fit so snugly into the NZC and, I hope, into Hobsonville Point Secondary as well.  Image


I was so impressed by the warmth of the staff. The highlight for me had to be the inaugural rehearsal of the Hobsonville Point Secondary School Ukulele Orchestra – my nail polish is chipped, I can play three chords but cannot transition (early days for this learning journey!) Our conversations in our new joint (office/workroom) were really exciting.  It is exciting to consider the possible, instead of accepting why ideas won’t or can’t work.  


Writing slowly

I find myself in the same predicament as many of my students; I put off preparing my conference presentations for the upcoming New Zealand Association of Classics Teachers conference until the last minute. Structure is key and while my main presentation is nearly finished, it is the ignite 5 minute presentation which has me stumped. The nature of an ignite presentation puts a lot of pressure on the presenter – timed wittiness.  I am probably more aware of the intended audience for this than for any other conference I have presented at. It is hard to be responsible for planning and organising a national conference, cheers to the other three zealots, and then to have to present two things as well… Writing all this down has helped my perspective but not my presentation. Back to it!