Teach­ers con­verge

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION - By KRIS DANDO

Mana Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre last week hosted 200 teach­ers, mostly from this re­gion but a num­ber from Hawke’s Bay, Palmer­ston North and Auck­land, for a two-day con­fer­ence en­ti­tled Cut­ting Edge Class­rooms.

A num­ber of in­ter­na­tion­al­lyre­spected lit­er­ary ex­perts from around the coun­try were wel­comed to Porirua and well­known chil­dren’s au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor Gavin Bishop was the key­note speaker.

‘‘It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to have these peo­ple come to our city, it’s by far the big­gest con­fer­ence we’ve [Mana Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre] hosted,’’ said the cen­tre’s di­rec­tor An­gela Ryan.

She said they were not in­tend­ing to go into event man­age­ment but af­ter suc­cess­fully host­ing a num­ber of prin­ci­pals’ con­fer­ences, the ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre recog­nised it had the abil­ity to open up an­other in­come stream.

‘‘We still strug­gle, and rely on Mana Com­mu­nity Grants for fund­ing help but this is an­other way for us to keep go­ing.

‘‘We had to down­size sub­stan­tially to be in our new premises [un­der the canopies in the CBD] but we’re more ac­ces­si­ble and eas­ier to find now.’’

Ms Ryan says they hope to hold a lead­er­ship course later this year.

They would like to make the two-day lit­er­acy con­fer­ence an an­nual event.

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