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Wakefield Community Rises to the Challenge


What a fantastic response there has been to the fundraising for the Mayaba family. It is a reflection on the community spirit in Wakefield to see how everyone has come together to support the family.  A big thanks to everyone who contributed in so many ways, too numerous to list them all.


Mid-Year Learning Conferences

If you have missed the opportunity to meet for a learning conference this week please contact your child’s teacher and make a time next term that suits.



Well done to all students who took part in the Regional Cross Country last week. Congratulations to Jack, Noah and Lucas who placed in the top ten in their respective races and next term have the opportunity to represent the region in Timaru. The year 5 boys team placed second, Wakefield was second place-getter in the boys trophy points and Wakefield placed 3rd overall. What an effort on such a cold day.



I would like to thank everyone for their support during the term while I have been Acting Principal. Support from the staff, the leadership team, the administration staff, and the Board has been appreciated.  While I have enjoyed the opportunity to step in for Peter I also look forward to returning to my teaching role in the Piwakawaka team next term.





Well done everyone.


Sue McLaren

Acting Principal





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Here’s What We Mean by ‘Student-Led Learning’


Jordan, who is six years old, was recently appointed to our Student Council as a representative of Matai Kereru team.  Last week our Council meeting clashed with scooter training for Jordan.  He came to the office to tell me but I was out, so what did Jordan do?  He wrote me this letter:



To mistir vstn

Sore I cant go to the

Shooht cousool

Becose I

Got scooti

Chraning at



from Jordan.


I love this letter, for two reasons.  First, it is a beautiful expression of a child learning to write; look at how he has made sense of the words ‘student council’, you can hear Jordan picking out the sounds in his mind. 


Second, it is a beautiful expression of student-led learning.  You might ask, ‘what’s he learning?’ but consider this.  Here’s Jordan, 6, as a thinker: he knows he has an obligation to the Student Council, he sees he cannot fulfil it, he comes to tell me, that doesn’t work, he decides he needs to write to me so he creates this letter and brings it to the office.  This is even more impressive because Jordan doesn’t know much about the Student Council yet, he’s only attended one meeting, but he knows he has some sort of obligation to it.  Here’s Jordan as a communicator: if he can’t tell me in person, he’ll slave over this letter to get the message to me.  Here’s Jordan as a planner: he’s thinking ahead and balancing his commitments.  Okay, Jordan will have had some prompts from his teacher, but he’s taken up the challenge and look at what he’s achieved. 


I value the opportunities children have to be leaders at school through the Student Council, committees, monitors and other roles.  Their work in these roles contributes to the smooth running of the school, but as well as leading others they provide real occasions for children to lead themselves, to become masters of their own learning.  And that’s what a democratic curriculum looks like.


Have a good week,




Peter Verstappen 


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