Kia ora e tu whanau
Welcome back to 2014 the start of a great year for Weston School.
Firstly I am delighted to be back on board and thank the Board, teachers, staff and Sharlene Carki for their support and leadership to finish 2013.
Thank you to those parents who came along to Meet the Teachers on Monday. For those of you that could not make it we discussed the focus for 2014:
Drawing from the Key Competencies and Values in the NZ Curriculum and a growing body of research knowledge, Netsafe, in consultation with the NZ teachers has produced this definition of a NZ Digital Citizen
A digital citizen:
Why is Weston doing Science?
We are told that less students are taking science at high school level - causing huge concern. Our country needs scientists and they are the ones who will save the world and help with the problems we have e.g. climate change to name but one example.
We want to engage our students and especially our boys...who need concrete experiences and real learning. They need to experiment, observe and discuss and plan and reflect. We need to be asking questions! We are not saying girls don’t need this but boys achievement is a special focus for us in 2014.
Below a scientist Sam Askin tells students why science is important...
What is an MLE?
An MLE means a modern learning environment - it is about imagining future focused learning for 21st century learners.
We need to accept that the purpose of education has changed.
In the 20th century you had an education that prepared you to go into an industrial or rural setting. You were happy with a 9-5 job and you followed the rules.
We are now in the 21st century - those old rules have changed and the lines are blurred. Business operates differently and ‘everyone’ has access to tertiary education and a mine of information through the internet. Traditional education has given way to a new way of thinking - world governments as well as business now require innovation, a science focus and students who will be future citizens who are critical and creative thinkers, while still demonstrating care, empathy and consideration. Therefore, we need spaces that encourage and enhance these skills. Students are no longer passive receivers of information. Knowledge is now a currency and changes all the time - our students are active learners and expected to have a voice. They want to learn alongside us and with us. They want guidance but want to be able to collaborate and learn in a way that is real and authentic. They want to solve problems. Teachers are no longer the 'sage on the stage' and font of all knowledge - they are the 'guide at the side' and are also actively involved in the learning process of students as well as being expected to be learners too!
Our new classrooms will support and nurture this change in education and thought. Please check the school office or notice board for the plans of the senior school. We are due to start in the next two weeks.
Lastly our mantra for 2014 is 'to make haste slowly...'
It is really important to have you on board as parents/families and as active members of school life and learning. We have immense empathy for parents and their own learning in this new world:
We want to work together and navigate the waters together so let's go slowly...but always be moving forward. The school has some events and sessions planned to help and some tools to make this easier. Watch this space, go safely and go well.