Each year the Board of Trustees budgets $3,000 to provide opportunities for our staff to undertake unique activities that encourage personal and professional growth. This is an important part the Board's strategic plan to recruit and retain high quality employees. Below is a list of recent recipients of the Staff Scholarships in addition to other sabbaticals and fellowships awarded to our team.
Walker Learning Approach
This year's staff scholarship Sally Kent, travelled to Melbourne to attend a two day study tour with the Early Life Foundations. The study tour involved visiting schools who were successfully implementing play-based learning and was followed by professional learning around the theory behind play based learning in the classroom.
This will be followed up by a visit to Sumner School from the Early Life Foundation in May 2016.
More information can be found here http://earlylife.com.au/info/
Woolf Fisher Fellowship
Our Principal Stuart Cameron has been awarded a prestigious Woolf Fisher Fellowship for 2014. This fellowship has been granted in recognition of excellence in educational leadership. At Easter he will be on leave for 10 school weeks travelling to the United Kingdom and North America to visit schools that have been recently built and/or are highly regarded for the way they incorporate digital literacies into their classroom programmes.
One of the highlights of the trip will also be a two week leadership course at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
If you would like to follow Mr Cameron on his adventures please click on the photo opposite to be directed to his travel blog.
In September Years 3&4 Team Leader Andrea McKendry will be travelling to Tanzania to work alongside local teachers to improve teacher practice. She will also be using her experience to help set-up libraries in three different schools located in small village communities in Magugu. This will be supported by our Student School Council who are currently running a book collection drive for these libraries.
This opportunity is overseen by the Rata Teacher Support group which is a not-for-profit organisation that supports schools in developing countries.
We wish Andrea all the best for this very exciting adventure.
For more information on Rata Teacher Support please visits rata.org.nz
Helping all Children Succeed
In August, Anne Blackmore-Smith will be attending an international conference on supporting children with special learning needs in Sydney, Australia.
Anne is passionate about working with students from all age-groups who need additional support for their learning.
The board and staff look forward to gaining from Anne's experiences on her return.
Please visit www.criticalagendas.com.au for more information on this conference.
On Top of the World
In July 2013, Chris Cole was awarded a staff scholarship to help him travel to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Chris is an avid tramper and had set a personal goal for himself to climb to one of the highest peaks in this range.
Chris shared his experiences with the Board and staff at a Board of Trustees meeting and with the children at a school assembly. One of the key messages from his presentation was to always aim high and never give up on your goals.