The ‘12 days’ of the new school year

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Season's Greetings -

Ran­gi­tikei Col­lege is equip­ping our stu­dents for life be­yond school. ’’On the fifth day of high school my teach­ers gave to me, time to study stuff of real value to me!’’ I could try to par­ody (badly!) the other four days of this pop­u­lar Christ­mas carol from a stu­dent’s per­spec­tive, but it’s Day 5 of the 2017 school year at Ran­gi­tikei Col­lege that will be a mile­stone for both teach­ers and stu­dents.

The first Fri­day back at school will see us im­ple­ment our new ‘In­quiry Quest’ or ‘IQ’ Days. Ev­ery Fri­day, stu­dents will work on re­al­world projects they de­velop them­selves. Although their projects need to fit within key learn­ing cri­te­ria, there are no lim­its on what they can work on.

It’s ex­cit­ing to be fin­ish­ing the school year with this new way of learn­ing to look for­ward to. We’re tack­ling head-on the chal­lenge that all ed­u­ca­tors are grap­pling with – how to bet­ter equip stu­dents for the world be­yond school. We know we’re not do­ing it well enough and this is a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt by us to cre­ate a learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that will bet­ter sup­port our stu­dents to de­velop the ‘soft-skills’ they need to be work-ready.

That lyric could also read: ‘‘On the fifth day of high school my teach­ers gave to me, time to study stuff of real value to my com­mu­nity!’’ We hope the projects the stu­dents de­velop with have last­ing value not only to them­selves but also to their com­mu­nity. I’d wel­come ap­proaches, ideas and com­ments from any­one who might have a project in mind that would fit with our ‘no lim­its’ learn­ing model. Our stu­dents will be on the look­out for ideas that help them learn the ‘art’ of col­lab­o­ra­tive (or in­di­vid­ual!) cre­ative prob­lem solv­ing and the com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills that com­ple­ment it.

I look for­ward to the ex­cit­ing things yet to come.

Nga¯ mihi o te Kir­i­himete me te Tau Hou - sea­son’s greet­ings for Christ­mas and the New Year.

Tony Booker, Prin­ci­pal

Rac­ing into the fu­ture!

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