A Note from the Principal
Talofa! and Seasons Greetings
We’re making a few changes
As the Christmas decorations go up we are already deeply into our planning for 2014 and you may be wondering about your child’s class placement for next year. You’ll find that out towards the end of term but before then I can tell you about some re-organization taking place.
Next year we will move from three syndicates to two: a junior syndicate of Year 1-3 children, and a senior syndicate of Year 4-6, with some cross-over between Years 3-4 to allow flexibility of class placements. We haven’t decided yet what the syndicates will be called. Will we keep some of the present names – Clifford, Whitby and Arrow? Will we go with something completely different (one child suggested ‘kittens’ and ‘puppies’)? You can help us decide by completing this 3-question online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F9TJKFJ
Syndicate organization for 2014 will be:
Junior Syndicate: (Leader – Sue McLaren)
New Entrant/Year 1: Rms 13-15 Paula Rowland
Sue McLaren (class begins in term 2)
Year 2/3: Rms 3-5 Lyn Smith
Senior Syndicate: (Leader – Symon Beattie)
Year 3/4: Rms 1-2 Julie McIntosh
Year 5/6: Rms 6-8 Symon Beattie
(Plus 1 teacher to be appointed)
You notice the groupings of three. Mostly these will be three mixed classes, the exception being the New Entrant/Year 1 group. Grouping like this allows us to offer more choices for class placements and to introduce some changes to the way we teach and learn at Wakefield School.
You may already have heard the terms ‘modern learning environment’ and ‘future-focused learning’ being used around school, especially if you took up the invitation to join the Big Picture Day in October. Modern Learning Environments (MLEs) are a fresh look at how we set up learning spaces for students; moving away from the old classroom as a box with one teacher and 30 kids sitting at desks: take a peek in Room 3 to get a glimpse of what a MLE could look like. In 2014 you will hear about ‘mountain tops’, ‘caves’ and ‘watering holes’ – all different spaces for different ways of learning.
Our flagship MLE in 2014 will be rooms 1 and 2, which will be remodeled in term one into a remarkably different learning space. Watch this space!
Future-focused learning challenges us to consider whether doing the same things we’ve always done in the past will see us right in the future. Next year you will see some changes to the way learning happens at Wakefield School and you will have opportunities to discuss the changes with your child’s teacher and me. First up will be parent-teacher-child learning conferences in the second week of term 1 2014.
Have a good week – pace yourself!
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