Marriene Langton Principal

Marriene Langton Principal

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Matariki Kapahaka

One of our motivations for teaching in ways that capture the imagination and engagement of children is so that we can identify every child's passions, talents, gifts or strengths.
I visited the rehearsal of the Matariki Kapahaka group last week and they are under pressure to learn a complicated haka composed for our school and a new waiata.
When children are given a challenge and they have adults with high expectations to stand alongside them, they will invariably rise to the ocassion and shine.
My little heart was thrilled to see the boys who stood up to the challenge of leadership and the girls who led the waiata.  West Spreydon School children are exceptional kids. They know about attitude, adventure and achievement and do their best to be the best.
Ka pai. Tino pai.


Edutech Conference

The middle leadership team attended the Edutech Conference at the end of May. It was so good to be together and to be able to talk and plan with out interrruption as well as to listen to some world class speakers.
It gave us a lot to think about  for the future improvement of our school but also many reasons to celebrate how far we have come and what we have put in place for our children.
We do have a lovely school and I love talking about what we do here and the lovely staff. I also boast about our children and families and how we work together for the sake of the children. It is hard work but when you see a child succeeding it is all worth while.
Thanks very much Board of Trustees for supporting us with professional development. It does make a difference as we are challenged to think, and rethink.