Marriene Langton Principal

Marriene Langton Principal

Monday, November 14, 2016

Passion Projects

Our senior children have been involved in some fabulous opportunities to extend their learning and experiences.They have had the choice of cooking, supporting senior citizens, triathlon, tapa cloth, camping, conservation and pest eradication. 
They have attached some fund raising to many of their projects in order to be able to give something back to community organisations.
They have raised money for The Blind Foundation, RSPCA and George Manning Retirement village (for day games for the residents to play)
I am so proud of the way our teachers go the extra 10 miles for the children and the ways in which the children are learning about being citizens and taking responsibility for the welfare of others. Today was a fundraiser for RSPCA and the Blind Foundation. The are also cleaning staff cars to raise extra dollars to give away. The truth is that Angie ended up doing most of the work because the children had no idea how hard it was to clean a car. I thinkk that she resigned 3 times this afternoon!
When we are asked about character and citizenship we have great examples of what that really looks like in our school.
They raised:

  • $298 for SPCA from a mufti day
  • $35 from a car wash for endangered animals
  • $51.50 for the Vegetation Group from a bake sale
  • $203.60 for Blind Foundation from a bake sale and $40 from independent fundraising






















Kahukura principals strategic planning





















Last week our 7 principals in the Kahukura Cluster ( that's not a cluster but a Community of Practice) met in Hanmer to discuss our aspirations and dreams for the children in our seven schools. Gavin Burn Cashmere Primary, Frank McManus Sacred Heart, Christine Harris Thorrington, Denise Torrey Somerfield, Trudy Heath Addington, Ross Hastings South Intermediate School and me have worked together for the past 4 years to ensure that our schools have consistent high expectations for all of the children across our cluster.
Our boards and staff have met together on several occasions for shared learning and the lead teachers of Maori, Depper Learning and Performing Arts work closely together on innovations to bring our schools together and maximise the talents and strengths across the seven schools.
We are competitive and each of us is determined to provide the best for our students; our bigger goal is to ensure that by working together we are ensuring that all children in our geographical area have the opportunity for the best quality education.
We like each other. We like each other's school values. Our lead teachers love working together. Our boards have the same hearts for children. Our community of practice us about distributed leadership and genuine collaboration for the benefit of all of the children in our schools.
Here we are working and thinking together. It's a tough life.

Kahukura principals strategic planning




















Last week our 7 principals in the Kahukura Cluster ( that's not a cluster but a Community of Practice) met in Hanmer to discuss our aspirations and dreams for the children in our seven schools. Gavin Burn Cashmere Primary, Frank McManus Sacred Heart, Christine Harris Thorrington, Denise Torrey Somerfield, Trudy Heath Addington, Ross Hastings South Intermediate School and me have worked together for the past 4 years to ensure that our schools have consistent high expectations for all of the children across our cluster.
Our boards and staff have met together on several occasions for shared learning and the lead teachers of Maori, Depper Learning and Performing Arts work closely together on innovations to bring our schools together and maximise the talents and strengths across the seven schools.
We are competitive and each of us is determined to provide the best for our students; our bigger goal is to ensure that by working together we are ensuring that all children in our geographical area have the opportunity for the best quality education.
We like each other. We like each other's school values. Our lead teachers love working together. Our boards have the same hearts for children. Our community of practice us about distributed leadership and genuine collaboration for the benefit of all of the children in our schools.
Here we are working and thinking together. It's a tough life.