Mrs Melany Eddy is a Technology Teacher | WSL Transitions | TIC Interact at Westlake Boys High School. She wears a lot of hats and does a stellar job with taking care of and supporting our Year 9 students. Take a look at her presentation below to find out more about what she has been … Continue reading Transitions
Our Within School Lead and HOD Chemistry at Westlake Boys High School, Jonathon Webster and his student mentors have a passion for making a difference in our Pupuke Community of Learning. Together they are committed to extending opportunities to all our Kāhui Ako learners, by supporting teaching and learning to make science fun and interesting. … Continue reading A Passion for Science – an opportunity for our learners!
Our first Within School Leaders meeting for this year was held on Thursday 12th March at Takapuna Primary School. Thanks to the Takapuna Primary School's Acting Principal, Devika Tagg and our Across School Lead, Abbe Waghorn for providing the venue and an amazing spread of refreshments. We opened with a welcome from Devika, a mihi, … Continue reading Looking Ahead 2020 – WSL Meeting
On Thursday 22 August, in the WBHS Staffroom, the inaugural Pupuke Alumni Afternoon Tea was held, attracting around 100 senior students from WBHS and WGHS. The event was an opportunity for these students to hear from a wide range of past and recent WBHS and WGHS graduates who, since leaving school, have gone on to … Continue reading Pupuke Kāhui Ako Alumni Afternoon Tea
How do we engage students more actively in what we do in our schools and give learners the opportunity to shape our future planning as a Kāhui Ako? To answer this challenge we have created a Pupuke Kāhui Ako student inquiry team, with four student ambassadors from each of the nine schools in our Kāhui … Continue reading Pupuke Kāhui Ako Student Inquiry Team
Dust off your copy of the New Zealand Curriculum and turn to page 12. Notice that the key competencies are at the beginning of the document, before the learning areas and their achievement objectives. Now focus on the first sentence of the first paragraph. It reads “People use these competencies to live, learn, work, and … Continue reading Why I Start with Key Competencies?
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- Lucia Hoggard Year 4 - Milford On Wednesday, straight after morning tea we all went to the hall. When we got to the hall we saw a bunch of Westlake girls standing in a semi-circle and some boys sitting to the side. Once everyone was seated … Continue reading Westlake Choir Performance
Milford Year 4 students inquire into the state of Lake Pupuke. As part of their inquiries into the theme “How We Organise Ourselves”, Year 4 students wanted to learn what makes a thriving community. We inquired into what all communities need to possess so that all the members of the group have equal opportunity and … Continue reading Testing the Water: Pupuke Moana
I was inspired to start a Wellbeing club in our school after seeing many children over the past few years with increasing worries and stresses, and some who were just interested in learning tools to manage their own wellbeing. Some children told me they wanted to learn ways to be calm, so that their anger … Continue reading Wellbeing Club – A voluntary lunchtime club for Year 3 and 4 students
Key competencies are the capabilities people have, and need to develop, to live and learn today and in the future. Within our Pupuke Kahui Ako a team of teachers, from across our schools, has been established. They are looking at the work being done by the OECD and Charles Fadel. Having aligned the OECD's 2030 competencies to … Continue reading Developing the Key Competencies
The Kāhui Ako Leaders Forum, Responsibilities in Learning, was held at the Grand Chancellor in Wellington on June 6 and 7, 2019. The forum provided our leadership team with a platform to engage in some informal networking, while meeting with other Kāhui Ako from across New Zealand in order to share ideas. Two of our … Continue reading Kāhui Ako Leader’s Forum, June 2019
Organised by our ASL leadership team, the Within School Leaders met on Thursday May 23rd at Milford School from 3.30 - 5.00 PM. Our Lead Principal, Julie Saikkonen spoke about our Kahui Ako journey so far and the road ahead. The meeting provided an opportunity for WSLs to network, collaborate, share insights and make effective … Continue reading WSL Meeting – Term 2
As part of the Pupuke Kahui Ako's commitment to improving culturally responsive practices in our schools, Milford Primary School has undertaken a series of whole staff professional development. Critical histories of Aotearoa is a series of workshops led by Tamsin Hanly designed to educate teachers about the range of historic perspectives in New Zealand colonisation … Continue reading Milford Staff PD by Tamsin Hanly
Wellbeing Key Competencies Community Engagement ASL News: The first term of 2019 has been an extremely busy one for our Pupuke Kāhui Ako as our community continues to build and extend the momentum established in our first year. Below is a record of some of our highlights. Pupukefest On Friday March 29, in the WBHS auditorium, … Continue reading Pupuke Kāhui Ako News – Term 1
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.
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.