Friday, 20 May 2022

1. Principal's News Week 3, Term 2, 2022

Production Update

We are all working hard to prepare for our movie production.  Some students from year four and above will be involved in acting.  Our intermediate students are all involved in either acting or technical production.  Every child in the school will speak something and be involved in a dance.  Some are busy preparing the soundtrack.  It's been amusing this week to gather into our gym cupboard where we can get some good darkness and light our (electronic) candles.  The children have been really good sports with this.

Kiwi class preparing their candles for light up.

A Beautiful Teaching Moment

This week I have been learning something technical that I've really struggled with (Te Reo Maori pronunciation).  I come from Birmingham in the West Midlands in England and the accent where I come from has very particular vowel sounds.  So I have been struggling with learning Te Reo and getting the vowel pronunciation right.  A fellow principal offered to help me.  She has specialised in special needs learning and she broke it down for me in a way no-one else has been able to do.  She supported what I was doing well, stopped me from being too hard on myself for what was a struggle and gave me very simple and easy-to-use tools to help me create new neural pathways in my brain for vowel sounds.  I am so grateful to her because it meant I passed an assignment I've been working on and it taught me some things I didn't know.  This experience gave me a real insight as an adult into what it is to really struggle with something and how if you can find a teacher you trust and who has the capacity and competency to help you both with the subject and with the art of teaching the subject, how it can transform what you can do.  I say God Bless to our teachers and a particular thank you to Sandra Spekreijse from Totora who helped me this week.

Pink Shirt Day
Its great to see so many students turn up in Pink Shirts today to support anti-bullying week.

Ma te Atua e manaaki a aroha,

(God bless, and love)

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