Room 2

Room 2
Room 2 2015

Friday, 2 December 2016

How do you measure success?

People measure success in many different ways and on many different levels.  When setting goals in life or education, it’s important that we identify what success means to us personally, so that when we succeed we will know it.

I became a teacher to make a difference. I had dreams of teaching children to go beyond their immediate backyard, to offer them an opportunity to peek out at the possibilities the world has to offer. Having been bought up by a single mother of four, and living my early childhood well below the poverty line, it became my goal to provide the love of learning, joy of school and excitement of teaching so that the next generation could have better opportunities, experiences and options than I had.  My life goal was to work toward creating a positive difference, by nurturing, encouraging and challenging the children (and later the staff) in my care, and thus add value to their lives. 

We all have tales to tell and histories that make us who we are. These histories do not have to define who we can become. If this were true I too would be a solo mother of four still living below the poverty line, struggling to provide the basics for my children. My love of learning, and dedication to education has seen me overcome those odds. I measure my success against my own dreams and goals. However, that does not mean I have reached the pinnacle of success nor does it mean that  my journey stops here. I have more dreams and more goals and more successes to strive for. This Growth Mindset message is one we have been emphasising with our children for some time now. We hope it has become embedded in their psyche and will help carry (and push) them to personal success throughout their lives.

Throughout my time at Woodhill School we have been encouraging and supporting children to realise and see they can be what they want to be, and they can achieve whatever they want to achieve. It requires a Growth Mindset and Grit in the Learning Pit. This is also supported by our school values - Together We Care Learn and Grow. These values hold a simple yet powerful message.  We only need to stop and think, what does it really mean?

CARE - for ourselves, others and our environment. 
This starts at home and is extended beyond ourselves. It is about being self-less and caring about everyone rather than only those close to you. It means having empathy and an understanding of and empathy toward other people and their cultures. It also means caring beyond today and looking at tomorrow, because what we do now, will impact future generations. 
As an example, through the power of the Treaty of Waitangi, Maori are now in a position to think and plan for future generations.

LEARN - to be curious, creative, collaborative, critical and reflective.
This starts at home and is extended locally by working together. Encouraging, co-operating, collaborating, sharing and accepting others' ideas and opinions. Encouraging children to have an open mind and have the courage to ask questions. Creating a supportive environment where everyone is inspired to ‘have a go’ and accept that we all learn from our ‘mis-takes.’

GROW - by Dreaming, Daring and Doing
This starts by ‘Dreaming’  - a goal starts with a dream.
To become a goal you must Dare - have the courage to ‘have a go’.
Dreaming and Daring are important but they must lead to action - to Doing. We put our dreams into action by ‘doing’.

Everyone has their own definition of success in life. It’s not my job to live up to someone else’s idea of success. My accomplishments and successes are mine, not theirs. And I get to measure success by my own standard. We teach our learners to set high standards and have high expectations and then to strive to meet them. This leads to my definition of success - the inner satisfaction that comes from putting your heart and soul into something.  

Friday, 18 November 2016

Reporting to parents

Hi all

A friendly reminder about reporting to parents.

All children in year 4 - 8 will receive two written reports each year.
  • First report at mid-year 
  • Second report at the end of the year
All children in year 1 - 3 will receive two written reports each year, based on their date of birth.
  • First report after 20 weeks of school (mid-year)
  • Second report after 40 weeks of school (end of the year)
The mid-year report will inform you of your child’s progress and achievement against the National Standards in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

The end of year report will do the same but will also summarise your child’s competencies in the other areas of the NZ Curriculum.

For more information the National Standards set expectations / aspirations for students at the following stages of their schooling are available by clicking the links below.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Talent Quest

Later this term - Friday 23 September - we have our Woodhill School "X Factor"
In the lead up to our "X Factor”, we are all learning and practicing a series of Jump Jam songs. This will help us to develop and improve timing, rhythm and movement.

This in one of our Jump Jam sessions.

Enviro-School Update

Woodhill Senior Whānau students are continuing our journey towards becoming a self-sustaining Enviro School as they build a kit-set Greenhouse.  Our students approached the build as a problem -solving project.  The project tasks were divided in three, and the three groups were lead by William Roland, Te Warana Ratima and Matire Ratima. Under the watchful eyes of Mrs C, Mr C and Fiona Roland, each group put together different parts of the Greenhouse.  As they worked, Senior Whānau students used skills such as interpreting instructions, problem-solving and cooperating as a team.  

Soon, students will begin to raise seedlings in the Greenhouse, then sell them, thus practicing authentic budgeting and business management skills. They have already started planning and designing advertising for this project in sustainability.  

A huge thank you to Mr C and Fiona Roland for donating their valuable time to help and to Bayer for their funding of this project via the Bayer Primary School Science Award.  Watch this space for Part Two of the Greenhouse build.  

Junior Whanau - Enviro-School Update

We are very fortunate to have had our senior school establish our greenhouse. 

Our junior whanau have been busy investigating types of plants to begin to grow as seedlings in our new green house. We potted a variety of vegetable plants, sun flowers and swan plants.

Culture and Identity through the Arts Update

After four weeks of preparation, which included sourcing, cleaning, sanding, problem solving, cementing and drafting our images onto our poles, today we began painting our images onto our poles.

Brody and Jaedyn draft their image onto their pole.

Te Taupuhi drafts her image onto her pole.

Jaedyn and Jack problem solve how to make the pole stand up.

Te Taupuhi and Brody work together to 
problem solve how to make the pole stand up.

We begin painting our poles.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Culture and Identity through the Arts

Our term two focus was on Culture and Identity and this was integrated through 0ur teaching and learning programmes, in particular literacy and the arts.

In the junior school we looked at the story book ‘In The Beginning’ by Peter Gossage.

Students had to identify characteristics of the guardians and select one that they felt they identified with.

We describe how individuals and groups share characteristics and are also unique.

We looked at Howard Gardeners Multiple Intelligences and the many ways we are smart, i.e word smart, nature smart, logic smart, music smart.

We identify the character that connects with us and created a life size guardian of ourselves.

These are our images. Can you guess who is who?

Welcome to term 3

Caring, Learning and Growing is something we do every day and this term is no different. 

Our term started right where we left off - enthusiastic, focused and yet refreshed.

Our children enjoyed their first day of school, using their writing caves for added focus and Montessori letters to assist with spelling and phonics. 

We are excited to meet with our parents next week to share our learning achievements. I believe we are well on our way to meeting our learning objectives while having fun along the way.