This year I was asked to do 2 days a week as the SENCo at Napier Intermediate so Liz could take up the cluster maths lead teacher position for this year. Time to put my money where my mouth was! Huge learning curve I have to admit as I juggled deadlines and learned how everyone contributed to the overall picture. I've loved every bit of this work. It has allowed me to see this role in real terms, the practical hands on things that actually have to be done and the systems and support agencies that wrap around the role. Working closely with MoE, RTLB, SWIS (and many others), and co-ordinating their different inputs gives you access to the rich pool of knowledge necessary for this job. Working with parents, students and their teachers gives you the humanity to enable you to do it well. Making it happen within the structure of a school makes me know that the SENCOs I've worked with for the past 10 years should all be wearing super power cloaks!!! Oh, and getting my very first ORS application accepted made me think that cloak could possibly be mine too. That was a pretty special day for the team that slaved over that one.
As part of my work with Parkside Christian School, students, teachers and TAs have spent two days at HB MTG to develop skills for their current integrated unit. We are looking at how life has changed and been changed by the evolution and selection of materials, food, technologies, etc. over several hundred years. We are exploring ways of showing this digitally.
The museum is one of only three regional facilities in the country selected by Te Papa Museum to deliver the Ministry of Education-funded digital learning programme, Raranga Matihiko – Weaving Digital Futures. The focus of Raranga Matihiko is to bring technology-rich learning to students, help them tell their own stories in a culturally relevant and meaningful way and ultimately offer them further options in the future. If your school caters for Years 1-10 students in Decile 1-3 schools/kura kaupapa and is within 120km of MTG Hawke's Bay, it could be worth getting in touch