Principal given a tech’ insight
Tokoroa principal Rhonda Rayner has returned from her 10 week Primary Principal’s Sabbatical full of insights and knowledge.
The Cargill Open Plan School principal was one of 100 principals throughout the country this year to be granted paid leave as part of their career paths to allow them to engage in professional learning, reflection and rejuvenation.
During term three Rayner spent her time researching how her school can best manage information and communications technology (ICT) in relation to ipads, Chromebooks, Hapara and Google apps.
She visited schools throughout the North Island, attended courses and workshops, completed online training and research, and visited China, Cambodia and Vietnam.
‘‘It was an awesome opportunity to get into other schools and have the luxury of time to talk to colleagues,’’ she said.
‘‘The learning was not just about the conversation, the learning was also about what you saw when walking around the schools [that] I wanted to know about the management of and the administration of.’’
Rayner said she was exposed to numerous practices.
‘‘I got to see lots of different ways technology was used and in ways that perhaps we haven’t even thought of,’’ she said.
‘‘It varied depending on the school, ages of the kids and the equipment available to them.’’
‘‘In one intermediate they even had a radio station set up. That is not where we are at but it is interesting to see where we fit on that continuum,’’ she said.
She said personal development, by way of technology, was essential for teachers to ensure they were up to speed with the world their students were growing up in.
‘‘We train teachers but technology is moving so fast it is really difficult to keep on top of it and in schools where it was successful boards contributed a large amount of funding and employed staff to focus on it specifically,’’ she said.
She said it was encouraging to see Cargill was already heavily utilising technology such as ipads, interactive whiteboards and Google Docs for the likes of staff meetings.
Three Chromebooks have also been purchased with funding from the David Henry Grant to be used by senior students next year. Drink driving Five people were processed for drink driving this week with excess breath alcohol. The legal limit is 250 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol per litre of breath however these people ranged from 300 to 700mcg. Burglaries We had four burglaries. One of these was carried out by a 17-year-old male and alcohol was a factor of his offending.
Mainly small tools, a gas bottle, clothing and easily carried electronic items have been targeted. Family violence We had 16 reports of family violence which resulted in two arrests. Again the majority of these have been alcohol fuelled.
*Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson
Cargill Open Plan School principal Rhonda Rayner with students.