• Together we are strong

  • Nurtured by community

  • Inspired by creativity

  • Empowered by strengths

  • To be responsible global citizens

Message from the Principal
March 13, 2014

Newsletter 2, T1 2014

2014 Learning Theme:  Together We Are Strong

Kia ngãtahi ai te tu
E pakari ai te tuarã

Stand united, stand strong!

Kia Ora Tatou, Greetings to all

Dear Parents

Parent Interviews
Thank you to all the parents who attended the interviews this week.  As a direct outcome of parent consultation last year we have extended our interview times from 10 minutes to 15 minutes.  We hope that the extension of time proved to be valuable.   If the times for the interviews didn’t suit any of you, please make another appointment time with the teachers.  We would like to see all our parents so that together we can ensure we are providing the best learning outcomes for each of our ENPS students.

 Professors of Education influence our decision making at the school
For the last five years ENPS staff have been working with Professor David Giles from Flinders University in Australia.   We have explored and developed with him our four learning priorities, which are: ‘inclusivity, strength-focused, the creative and the critical’.  Our four learning priorities underpin the way we design all our curriculum programmes.   This year we are also working with Professor Jane Gilbert from AUT University.   Jane challenges us to think about not only how we teach but what we teach.   She believes that ‘future focused learning’ should be about teaching concepts such as ‘knowledge creation’ and how to build ‘thinking relationships’ in a ‘network society’.   We are fortunate to have both these Professors playing an active role in our school.  This is a reciprocal relationship of course, where we influence their thinking as well.

 ENPS as guest performers
Do you know we have the largest ukulele student group in the country?  That is why we have been asked to perform at the Auckland Education Festival at the Viaduct later this month. Martha McFaul and Lucy Preston, two of our team leaders, are also making a presentation about the way we teach Science at ENPS.

Warmest regards
Jane Cavanagh-Eyre
Principal

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