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23 August 2019

posted 22 Aug 2019, 17:42 by Carolyn Brett
We are very fortunate to have a resident collector. Some people collect ceramics, others records... our teacher John collects 2 main things in my opinion - that being pieces of wood and people! It’s not surprising as John has connector and other strengths within the ‘humanity’ area as some of his key attributes.

So, people, young and not so young, artists, scientists, inventors, historians, political machines, trappers, sports people, conservationists, artists, leaders in Te Ao Māori, writers, film makers..... the list goes on and on. Oh, and now also astronomers as you would’ve witnessed a couple of weeks ago!

A teacher’s knowledge certainly isn’t endless, but being able to tap into experts and potential mentors from outside the school is so important if we want to give our children something a little different within a rich local curriculum. 

So, whilst we are very fortunate to have our own people collector, I’m sure many of you relate and have your own networks and ‘collections’. This is evident when it's the biggest community event of the Year - our Fabulous  Annual School Fair! Here, we witness the shoulder tapping, the combining of talents, the collective idea-brewing sessions, the “I've got a friend" or "my neighbour knows........” 

Please don’t stop making suggestions of people you know who may be able to provide our children with something new, some different thinking or open their eyes to something profound!  And please don’t worry if a suggestion doesn’t fit right there and then. Like we say to the children - don’t give up - try again! We always need perspectives and ideas that may ignite minds! Maybe you had something ignited this week at the Arts Celebration! You may have also noticed John’s pieces of wood!

This whakatauki is so well used but totally on my mind right now.

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He Tāngata, he Tāngata, he Tāngata!!

What’s the greatest thing in the world?
It is people, it is people, it is people!

People - please get your Fair Volunteer Forms sorted so that our children get the best.
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