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?
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
Students from around our Pupuke community gathered together at Westlake Girls’ High School on Thursday, May 9, for the first meeting of the new Pupuke Kāhui Ako Student Inquiry Team. The initiative, led by Westlake Girls ASL’s Anete Dezoete and Michelle Cleaver, promotes and prioritises our student body so that they may contribute an authentic … Continue reading Pupuke Kāhui Ako Student Inquiry Team
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
Dr Michael Harvey is an ISTE global PLN chair, pedagogical prognosticator, Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert and is currently teaching at Marlborough International College, Malaysia. On his recent visit to New Zealand he organised a contemporary cross curricular lesson for two of our Pupuke Kāhui Ako schools. On Thursday 9th August, Year 10 STEAM students from WGHS … Continue reading STEAM in the classroom
The GirlBoss Committee is running a series of workshops on “Find your inner Girl Boss”, the first one was on “Building Strength”. The girls found their inspiration in the recent “GirlBoss Lead” and “Future CEO” workshops delivered by Alexia Hilbertidou from GirlBoss NZ. The workshop aimed at boosting the confidence of the students by helping … Continue reading GirlBoss at Westlake Girls High School