Students Owning Learning

Posted on 01/12/2011 by Emily

Kia ora, with the end of year looming, it is a time to celebrate our achievements. Did we ‘Rise Above and Shine?’.  I think we have. I visit classes and have children tell me what they are learning and why. They also comment on their next learning steps. The shift away from teachers driving the learning to student ownership is outstanding.  Last week the ‘principals stickers’ took a hammering –  many children have made significant movement in their learning-YAHOO!! The ‘Change Team’ (or achievement team) have noted our progress and are looking at our targets for 2012. We want to continue to climb with our achievements-academically, socially and physically. Thank you for supporting your children and guiding staff with your ideas.

Crackling pig is enjoying his last few days in the sun. Our children have provided great kai for him. Apparently he is going to be a tasty wee poaka (pig). Peter Tai is organizing our spit roast for Friday the 9th. Children will start eating at 11am. On the menu is Crackling, a bread roll, sausage and coleslaw. You are welcome to join us in this meal. Prize Giving will be at 1.30pm.

The school calendar on our website is a great way to keep informed of school happenings. Changes are made all the time to fit in with visitors/experts. Check out www.waihieast.school.nz and also take a look at the video below of Clarke K bringing his skill into East School, teaching Room 3 students about Hauora-Well Being. Some terrific learning conversations can be heard/seen in the video between Clarke and the students, community-school partnerships like this, the sharing of skills that are in our community with pupils enriches East School greatly. We want to encourage our parents and wider community to contribute to the education of East School students, so please drop in and let us know if you can help in any way.

Ka kite ano

Emily