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30 Octobr 2015

posted 29 Oct 2015, 18:54 by Stephanie Williams
Alistair Campbell, spin doctor for Tony Blair is a divisive character. I listened to a podcast of him being interviewed on National Radio this week about his new book "Winners and How They Succeed": http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/201776237/feature-interview-alistair-campbell

His belief, that people strive to win solely because of fear of losing, is at odds with the mantra we have adopted, "If you can't learn to fail, you fail to learn."  In the interview, he discusses the All Blacks which led me to reflect on whether they may be using kaizen goal setting at this moment. Please see an earlier newsletter for the explanation: http://www.worserbay.school.nz/home/updates-from-jude/friday25september2016.

Data Meetings are scheduled to start in a few weeks time. You will be asked to book electronically, and, when the system goes live, you will be emailed to let you know. For those new to the school who are unsure of what's what - please check in with your child's teachers if you need a helping hand. As I have mentioned, you will see evidence of kaizen change in the feel of the reporting this time around.

Moving into 2016, the reporting process takes a further twist and turn. In Term 1 we will start off with a "What's on top?" meeting whereby the teacher with responsibility for reporting progress for your child, your child and yourselves will have a chat about how the year has started and touch on the goals set in this next 2015 Data Meeting. This means we will not be expecting children to come back to school and undertake standardised assessment immediately. This is a much better plan. Not only does the 'summer effect' (stagnation after a long holiday), cause issues for some, the children have voiced their concerns about coming back to school and having to 'sit tests'. That's certainly not what we are after. More than that, where does that fit with our principles around the whole child or aspirations around feeling motivated and inspired!

Change is constant and the aim is for it to be well considered! In a world that is racing - I mean there is even 'speed yoga'!, our goal is to keep things as meaningful, manageable and comprehensible as possible. Coherence being the key word!

Capeoira, Pizza Lunch, Reporting, Transition Programme.... upcoming Thursday Club Afternoons.... we are finding the benefits!

You will want to diary this change:
  • What?             The Board would love to invite all parents who have helped out and supported our school to continue to thrive over 2015 
  • Where?            Chocolate Fish Cafe, Shelly Bay
  • When?             Friday 13 November
  • What Time?     5.00-6.30 pm
This is a 'family friendly' event. The Board will supply platters for adults. Drinks and food for children can be purchased by parents. If it's fine, it will be magic. Plenty of room for children to play, parents to mingle and a great opportunity for us to thank you for your energy - whether it be fundraising, helping out in class, communications, sports teams, school trips, gardening, property, cooking.... on and on.... you name it!

Enjoy the weekend, rest up - the next one will be huge!