Mentoring 101

As a new teacher to this College and to New Zealand I have valued having the opportunity to participate in a Mentoring programme with a Native teacher. Below is a summary of our formal meetings, though we have had many more interactions than this over the year. PCT MENTOR MEETING NMW & SAS TERM 1 …

Lesson observation (mine #1)

Today I had my first lesson observation with an experienced member of staff. As this is my first teaching job in New Zealand I was excited to gain some feedback to move forward with my work here. Background: This is my most challenging set of students, across all years. They are generally well behaved but…

HOH role

Over the past eight weeks I have been working in a newly appointed position as Head of a Middle College house in our College. This means being responsible for the pastoral care of almost 300 students and managing a team of 15 staff. This has been a challenging and exciting transition at was is a…

Pride and Prejudice 2017

;In terms two and three I embarked on co-directing the Senior College production, a 1950’s version of Pride and Prejudice. This project involved 13 staff and 88 students in the cast and crew. We prepared for the show for 7 weeks before rehearsals began and then rehearsals were for 13 weeks.   Student and staff…

NCEA Exam Revision

In preparation for the NCEA level 1 exam I was tasked with creating a revision booklet for the students. In order to do this I needed to research the exam, this years specification, the play we had seen and the assessment criteria carefully. The booklet can be seen here: Revision booklet 1.7: click here Revision booklet…

NCEA level 1 preparation

As this was my first year directing an NCEA standard play and having a large class of 24 I wanted to make sure that I was as organised as possible so that the students would have the best chances of success. Therefore I structured my class into two groups and gave each group different ensemble…

Year 9 camp!

Week three of term one saw all year 9 students going on a residential camp. I accompanied my tutor group to this 3 day event and my role was to accompany them to all of their events. This was a really important time for us to bond as a group and overall was extremely successful….

TIC – Sign Language

Terms 2 – 4 of this year I have been the TIC of Sign Language club which runs every Wednesday. The club has 20 students years 9 – 13 and two support staff. As beginners Sign Language the students have learnt: Alphabet Names Introductions Emotions Numbers Ages Family Greetings Countries Colours Introduction to Deafblindness and…

Maori and Pasifika Cultural Evening 2017

Tonight I stage managed the College’s Maori and Pasifika Cultural Evening. The evening involved over 80 student performers as well as guest spots from ex students and members of the community and whanau. The event is predominantly directed by members of our PE staff who put a lot of effort into bringing together diverse members…

Tutoring role – handling discipline.

I have a tutor group of 15 year 9 boys. They are an excellent group, on the whole, they are all academically doing fairly well, setting realistic goals for themselves and are compliant. However, over the last few weeks I have noticed that two of the boys have started to isolate themselves. They have stopped…

Tutoring role – well-being

This week one of my tutees (year 9) mums contacted me by email to ask me how I felt her son was doing at school. She raised the following concerns: He is expressing that school is ‘too much’ at the moment. He seems overwhelmed by the expectations of higher level learning. She is concerned he…

Meet the Parents

In week 3 of our school term we accompany our year 9 tutor groups to a 3 day camp where the students get to bond with each other through adventure and problem solving and their tutor teacher who is there with them all of the way. This was an incredible opportunity for me to spend…

Stretching comfort zones

“What I find really interesting is to try and mix it up, to push myself and try different things. I don’t want to stay in my comfort zone. I want to take risks and keep myself scared.”- Michael Fassbender I have a tutor group of 15 year 9 boys, all academically moderate, all into and…