Com­mu­nity of learn­ing to unite schools

Kaikoura Star - - KAIKOURA STAR CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIED INDEX - PIPPA BROWN

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.

PHOTO: PIPPA BROWN/STUFF

Subur­ban Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Hay­den Van Lent is the lead prin­ci­pal for Kaiko¯ura Ka¯hui Ako - Com­mu­nity of Learn­ing.

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