It's tough work moving through the establishment of a new school, especially when driven by the desire to lead the way in reshaping what secondary schooling needs to be like to retain its relevancy.
We started this year with our 3rd timetable structure and after one term (actually 7 weeks of operation) we are now beginning the process of what our timetable will be like in Term 3. Obviously we need to make decisions soon so that we can plan to implement it. And then we have to move quickly during Term 3 to determine what our timetable will need to be like in our 3rd year of operation with a Year 9-11 cohort (and with a small group of Year 12s who snuck in while we looked the other way). Because whatever we decide we will need lead-in time to prepare.
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It seems like a never-ending cycle of review and redesign. And of course it is and it's the way it has to be if we wish to remain responsive to what's best for our students.
I'm really pleased with where we have progressed our thinking about how NCEA will fit within our Vision and Principles and best support our learners. Further detail can be found in my previous post and also in one from Claire.
We repeated our parent workshop with our students during the first week of term and as part of the workshop we asked our students to give us feedback on what they liked about what they heard and what concerns they still had:
- more time to focus on quality
- quality not quantity
- get to focus deeply on a few credits rather than heaps of credits on the surface
- more time to achieve higher goals
- doing less better
- less stress
- I feel more calm
- helping us to be less anxious
- time to do other learning
- time for life (out of school)
- enjoy learning
- become more confident
- concentrate on passions and interests
- achieve Level 1 when get Level 2
- only need 20 credits in Year 11
- no useless credits
- it is a different way
- internationally recognised
- carry over credits from year to year
- understand NCEA much more
- not based on age but based on skill level
- seems pretty nifty thankyou
- the use of solo rubrics
- focus on Merit and Excellence
- we get to enjoy school more
- still get to keep combined subjects
- Still want to get a high grade in NCEA L1
- Can we aim for more credits than 20 in L1?
- What do I do if I fail L3 in my last year?
- Are we doing enough learning now for NCEA?
- Will there be support groups for people who are struggling?
- How certain are you that we will get NCEA L2?
- Do all L1 credits have to be in English and Maths?
- Is it the more credits you get the better?
- Will what I study for NCEA get me a job?
- How will I know which credits to go for?
- Will I be able to match my career choice with what I want to study?
- What is the difference between internals and externals?
- Will we be able to do scholarship?
- Why not Cambridge?
- Not doing L1 might mean we fail L2. We might be under more pressure at L2.
- What about students who enjoy tests and exams?
- Do we need literacy and numeracy at L2?
|Students analysing formative reports with Learning Coach conferencing with individual|