The ‘12 days’ of the new school year
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!