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A Proud Moment

 

I have just returned from today’s rippa rugby tournament and I can honestly say the children were a credit to Wakefield School. I was so proud of every single one of them during my visit. They certainly displayed our STAND values. Well done to all the students who took part. 

 

On the topic of being proud: below are some snippets of why students like being at Wakefield School. The children have been asked to make contributions to the 175th reunion book being put together. 

We encourage anyone interested in supporting the organisation of this event to please let us know. I understand that the present committee is small. 

 

What I like about being a pupil at Wakefield School… 

 

Every morning I wake up with joy in my heart as I think about going to Wakefield School with its huge back field, we have so many play areas like a rugby field and my favourite, the BMX track and we have not one, not two but four tyre swings. We are so lucky! 

 

By Quaid 

 

I really like being a pupil at Wakefield School because once you have mastered one thing there is always still another challenge. But you can only master something with determination and skill. 

 

By Giorgia 

 

 

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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

1.30.

 

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 

Principal

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