Prin­ci­pal given a tech’ in­sight

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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.

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