Carla’s role as Principal is to be the facilitator of a shared community direction.
Staff met earlier in the week to discuss what we believed is important to year 7/8.We came up with ideas that we have not had before like: a sister or exchange school. We felt that the music lessons were very important as was the change is shift in teaching writing and the importance of students to learn to write reports and essays in preparation for secondary school. Preparing students for secondary school is of great importance to us as a staff and we all felt strongly that whilst we have one Year 7/8 teacher we have a shared responsibility for educating and preparing our students for secondary school.
I spent time with our Year 6 students asking them what they believe is important for them. In your personal pack you have a copy of what your child said. The ticks indicate that they believe they could achieve this at Korakonui School. A summary of what they see is important
I also asked our current Year 6 students what they believe is important for them at Year 7/8. Here is a summary of their responses.Interestingly enough no students said about facilities or the lack of opportunities or made reference to social reasons.
2012 term 3 in room 7 To be completed
Last year a working group within the board along with myself and Melinda sat down and looked at changing the programme. As a result of these changes the board came to the realisation that it would need to fund some of these opportunities for students to make them available to all. This outline gives you an example of what we anticipate the Year 7/8 programme will look like over the 2 year period. I have heard that there has been discussion around the programme in Room 7 being repetitive. Since my time at Korakonui school I can say that this has not been the case. There have been many changes to the programme. AS with all good businesses and farms I’m sure some things remain the same and so whilst there have been many changes there have also been some areas that we believe should stay due to the benefits for students. Please note that whilst we do have a Curriculum there is no book that is followed to teach at any year level. At Korakonui we pride ourselves on identifying students strengths and weaknesses and hen teaching them accordingly. This is what we call differentiated teaching and learning.
Questions the year 8 students were asked
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There is a possibility that in 2014 we could have a year 7/8 class and a year 6/7 class.
Due to their only being 3 Year 8 students next year we will reconsider the allocation of house leaders, bus monitors and student councillors being available to year 7 students. It will be great to have more leaders to share the roles and expose opportunities to in 2013 and beyond. We must realise that leadership opportunities on their own aren’t the be all and end all. It is important to instil leadership qualities. This comes from all the staff at Korakonui and the expectations and experiences offered.
For students to successfully achieve NCEA Level 2 in Year 10, they need to be achieving or close to achieving the signposts throughout their education from years 1-8. It is important students know where they are achieving and what their strengths and weaknesses are. Teaching practices at Korakonui encourage discussion between teachers and students about next learning steps and it is as much about progress as it is about achievement.
We target kids who are below as well as kids who have stagnated with their progress. WE are constantly reviewing the support programmes and in class teaching approaches we have in place. What do you believe our difference is?
Whilst we work hard to ensure all students reach their potential it is important to realise that not all students have the same strengths therefore it is important for us to offer a range of opportunities for our learners.
This will be given out as a handout in the parents pack.
Year 6 parent evening
Korakonui School 2012 Year 6 Parent MeetingConsidering all the options and making an informed decision. Korakonui School June 2012
Korakonui School 2012 Purpose of our meeting• To work together as a school community.• To give you an opportunity to consider what you believe is important for your child at Year 7/8.• To inform you of the current direction of year 7/8 education at Korakonui. Korakonui School June 2012
Your child Your choice• What is important for you for your child at Year 7/8.• In your groups please write down all things that are important to you.• Which of these things are we doing well at Korakonui? Is it possible to introduce any of these ideas? Are any of these more important than others?• Place a tick beside those things that your child could achieve at Korakonui. Korakonui June 2012
Student Voice… what we see as important Korakonui School June 2012
What your children see as important in Year 7/8• To be a good role model.• To become a leader.• I want to push myself and achieve my learning goals.• I want to get the …. Cup in Year 8.• To continue with our maths, writing and spelling programmes.• To do more science. Korakonui School June 2012
Timetable of learningMonday Tueaday WEdnesday Thursday Friday Spelling Testing Spanish Spanish Gym classes Guitar lessons Touch Typing Technicraft is every second Tuesday at Otorohanga South School Korakonui School June 2012
Year 7/8 2013 2014• Give handout here of what the two year programme may look like. Korakonui School June 2012
Current Year 8 perspective• What has changed about your classroom programme and learning this year, compared to 2011?• What have the benefits been for you as an individual? Korakonui School June 2012
Student voice – Current Year 8s Korakonui School June 2012
Class sizes at Korakonui2013 projected class size for Room 7 is 20 students.2014 projected class size for Room 7 is 27 students. Korakonui School June 2012
Academic Success is Important in Year 7 and 8• Year 7 and 8 are not to be perceived as gap years.• To achieve NCEA Level 2 students need to be progressing towards meeting the National Standard consistently.• If learning has stagnated or is at risk of stagnating schools must put support programmes in place to ensure progress and rates of progress continue at a steady rate for each individual.• These years are crucial in developing readiness for secondary school. Korakonui School June 2012
Point of difference• Strong academic focus• Korakonui fosters confidence – self belief.• Strong sense of community and belonging• All Year 7 and 8’s have access to opportunities not a select few.• Foster a love of learning for life Korakonui School June 2012
What will we offer your child in 2013/2014• High quality teaching programmes• Safe but challenging learning environment• Leadership opportunities• Small class sizes• Sporting opportunities• Music lessons• Camps and trips• Success and a sense of belonging Korakonui School June 2012
Questions to consider in relation to your child at Year 7/8• Which school will continue to instil the values that are important to our child and family?• What does quality teaching look like? How will we know?• Where would my child benefit the most academically? How will we know this?• If my child needs extra learning support what will they be entitled to and will I be informed?• Are exposure to behavioural and social issues a concern we need to consider for this child?• What role will we play as parents in preparing our child for secondary schooling? Korakonui School June 2012
Thank youPlease don’t hesitate to come and seeme if you would like to discuss youroptions further.Please take the opportunity toconfidentially disclose any thing youhave not had the opportunity to discuss.There is a form and envelope in yourpack. Korakonui School June 2012