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Kāhui Ako o Wakatipu

Our school belongs to a network of learning organisations including all the primary schools and our 1 High School.  Local early childhood education centres and other services provide an entry point into the education pathway for most children in the local area and are in the early stages of connecting with our Kāhui Ako.   During 2019, our principal, Trisch Inder will be the lead Principal for our Kahui Ako.   This is a fixed term position which can be extended for a second year.  This provides a great opportunity for our school to benefit from the sharing of learning across all the schools.  

The  Kāhui Ako o Wakatipu has  a strong network of passionate leaders and learners. We want to maintain the identity of our school, while collaborating and sharing expertise, so any child’s learning pathway is supported and their transition through the education system is optimal.

We are strongly motivated to improve our place of learning and our being a part of the Kāhui Ako is one way for us to do this. As ERO identified “Making the decision to form a community requires shifts in both thinking and practice. For many leaders, teachers, children and young people, parents, families and whänau, their school/early learning service is the teaching and learning organisation they know best. While this does not change, the big challenge is to move beyond focusing on ‘my school/early learning service’ to ‘our schools/early learning service’ – to a collective responsibility for the equity and excellence of outcomes for all children and young people within the Kähui Ako.”

Collaborative inquiry, along with coaching and mentoring, are the approaches we are focusing on to building teacher’s individual and collective capacity to provide equity and excellence for every learner.  

The benefits for our school to being a part of the Kāhui Ako has also meant that we have been given the financial resource to provide a leadership opportunities.  From 2018, we were able to appoint a within school lead teacher.  In this role, our lead teacher, Moana Thorn has and will continue to lead the professional learning of the development of deep learning in our school, through discovering ways of making learning explicit, engaging, rich and authentic.  Two of our teachers were also funded to attend the Deep Learning conference in Auckland from funds sourced by the Kahui Ako from the Community Trust of Southland.  

During 2019, while our principal is in the lead role, our Deputy Principal, Brendon Martyn will act up into the role of Principal and he will be teaching with Alice Dunstan who will join our school in 2019.  All these positions are resourced by the Ministry of Education.  Information for resourcing for schools to be a part of the Kāhui Ako  can be found on the Ministry Website - https://www.education.govt.nz/communities-of-learning/about/support/#operational
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Principal Account,
Dec 5, 2018, 9:31 PM
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Principal Account,
Dec 5, 2018, 9:31 PM
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