Community of learning to unite schools
Kaiko¯ura schools are working together to improve educational pathways and outcomes for students.
Suburban Primary School principal Hayden Van Lent has been appointed as lead principal for Kaiko¯ura Ka¯hui Ako - Community of Learning.
Schools across the district will join as an educational community working together to improve teaching practise and student achievement.
One teacher will be appointed next year to work across the schools for two days a week, and three other teachers will assist for a couple of hours a week.
Van Lent said many schools across New Zealand have joined and he thinks this is ‘‘the way forward’’, for an area which already has strong relationships between ‘‘forward thinking’’ principals.
‘‘It makes sense for us to work closely together because geographically our schools are close,’’ he said.
‘‘By working closely with each school we will be able to observe each other, share resources and find out what is and isn’t working well, and look at ways to improve and lift practice and achievement in all schools. ‘‘
‘‘It makes sense for us to work closely together because geographically our schools are close.’’
Van Lent said they are off to a good start after their first meeting two weeks ago.
‘‘I do feel like we’re in a really good space, and a place where we trust each other and can talk.
‘‘As principals we have collectively brought into this.’’
The community of learning concept is about all schools working together from early childhood right through to high school.
Kaiko¯ura Ka¯hui Ako - Community of Learning will help transition students from early childhood right through to high school, and on to tertiary education, apprenticeships, and work, whereas now each school is operating independently.
‘‘We want to work together closely and support each other.
‘‘We want them to succeed from early childhood right through to when they leave high school,’’ said Van Lent.
Kaiko¯ura Ka¯hui Ako - Community of Learning will operate throughout the Kaiko¯ura educational community, and eventually include preschools.
Van Lent said the early child- hood centres are very positive and keen to see this work.
Next year teaching staff will be appointed to the roles, and other community members can be involved as a part of building educational pathways and support for students.
Suburban Primary School principal Hayden Van Lent is the lead principal for Kaiko¯ura Ka¯hui Ako - Community of Learning.