Week 1 Term 3 2015

Nau mai, haere mai and welcome to Term 3,

I hope you all enjoyed some precious family time over the school break. Many of our staff were busy preparing for term. Mrs Davidson attended the Gifted and Talented conference in Hamilton. She brought back many ideas about how we can identify and provide for students with GATE. I attended the First Time Principals conference. The focus was on leadership with integrity. Whilst there were many great ideas and fantastic examples of learning happening in New Zealand, it was satisfying to confirm that many of the things we are doing at Glenbrook School are forward thinking in learning. This includes consulting with our community about learning and building strong learning partnerships with all.

This term Dallas Graeme from Te Toi Tupu Consultants and I would like to meet with as many parents as many possible to ask you what a great Glenbrook learner looks like. The ideas you contribute will determine the values, principles and within our curriculum. We have asked our students and teachers already. We are now looking for parental input. Information on the dates and times of the two meetings will go home in next week’s newsletter.

Last term we reviewed our CCC times. We have taken on board suggestions from students and parents and extended our CCC time to 15 minutes. In order for every child to have this time, CCC’s will be over two days. The conference will begin with yourselves, your child and the teacher. After 5 or 6 minutes, your child will leave and the remaining time will be spent having a learning discussion with the teacher. These will be held on:

Wednesday 12th August. School will finish at 12.00pm

CCC will be from 1.00pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 13th August. School finishes at 2.50pm

CCC will be from 3.00pm – 7.00pm.

We expect all parents and students to attend.

Learning is a partnership. Everyone brings something to the table and I believe everyone has a collective responsibility in having a voice at the learning table. CCC’s are an invaluable time for you and your child to sit around the table with the teacher as learning partners. Consultation with the school is your chance to have a say about the bigger picture in learning at Glenbrook School. This is a very exciting time in learning at our school and we want you all to participate in it, from joining us at the Mass Haka next week, coming along to a PTA meeting on Wednesday or just sitting down and talking with your child about the book they are reading at school. Every opportunity counts towards realising your child’s potential.

Your Principal, Lysandra Stuart