Ngā Kōrero The volcano erupted within the historical memory of the local Māori iwi (tribes). Human footprints have been found between layers of Rangitoto volcanic ash on the adjoining Motutapu Island. Ngāi Tai was the iwi living on Motutapu,and considers both islands their ancestral home. Ngāti Paoa also has links with Rangitoto. A number of … Continue reading Kāhui Ako Waiata
“He showed such belief in me…it shocked me out of myself…and, I find now in my teaching, I look for that in every student. If you can find that little spark to gift them, to give them that confidence, it’s just magical…and it’s certainly influenced my career.” At about ten minutes into the interview, Jon … Continue reading Inside the Teacher’s Classroom, episode 1
Our Lead Principal, Julie Saikkonen, six Across School Leads and one Within School Lead attended the two day Leaders’ Forum organised by our expert partners, Infinity Learn and Charles Fadel on March 6 - 7, 2019. Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader and futurist, author and inventor, with several active affiliations; his work … Continue reading Kāhui Ako Leaders’ Forum with Charles Fadel
On Monday 18th February 2019, we had our very first professional learning session of the year with Jan Hill. Our Lead Principal, Across School Leaders and some of or Within School Leaders attended the event, which was held in the Forrest Hill School Hall. Jan has an extensive background in teaching and school leadership and … Continue reading Professional Learning with Jan Hill
educative mentoring poster final 290918 msilverman Following my appointment to the Aspiring Middle Leadership programme at our school, I was offered the opportunity to apply for a scholarship for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with a focus on Mentoring & Leadership. Although I am still an early career teacher, having just recently finished my … Continue reading Learning Conversations as a tool for developing an Educative Mentoring approach.
We were very excited to run our first ever Innovation Expo here at WGHS with our STEAM students displaying their innovative prototype solutions to the community issue identified during their community project. The Innovation Expo was held on Friday 30 November with an open invitation for parents and whanau to attend. All groups were provided … Continue reading WGHS STEAM – Year 10 Innovation Expo
As part of the STEAM program at WGHS, students were challenged to use Design Thinking to identify an issue within their community and develop a solution. The issue needed to be one that was meaningful to them and they were then tasked with creating a prototype to minimise or fix it. Encouraging student agency and … Continue reading WGHS STEAM – Year 10 Community Projects
Okay, so the word happy is a bit of understatement but it’s a simple start. What I was faced with at the start of 2018 was the challenge to ensure teachers new to teaching were given mentoring, guidance and support that would ensure that they would become confident, proficient and reflective in the classroom. With … Continue reading Want happy students? Let’s start with happy teachers.