What a year we have had! For many, we began the year in Orange and now we are ending the year at full pre-pandemic throttle. We have much to celebrate and are grateful for the support and collegiality we have shared as we have made a difference in the lives of our young people and their whānau.
At this busy time of year, we would like to remind you that our team is here to help. Most of our facilitators will be taking annual leave from the week beginning December 19th. Until then, we are keen to support your staff, whether in groups, individually, or at the whole staff level. We often support teachers to plan for their new class site for the year ahead - and even get hands-on with the design. We are out and about supporting the sign-ups to the Summer Learning Journey and supporting the managing of class blogs and individual blogs. We are working on the in-class facilitation timetables for 2023, and as soon as principals give us the names of teachers to support we will be able to finalise these.
Many of our network-wide PLD programmes are filling up, so thank you for getting in ahead and booking spaces to work with us in the Digital Fluency Intensives, Reading Practice Intensives, and Te Reo Māori Facilitation.
We have a number of principals retiring or moving on to new schools at the end of this term and extend our best wishes to you all. This may not be the complete list, but to Kathy Hancock from Kaingaroa School, Gary Roberts from Hornby Primary, Paddy Sannazzaro from Levin School, Mary Kleinsman-Powell from St Mary's Foxton, and Tiwana Hibbs from Foxton Primary - thank you for your contribution to our large community of learning. You will be missed.
Some updates from our team, with links to explore if you have time:
A decision the Manaiakalani management team has made going forward is to retire the word Outreach and simply use the word Network. We believe it better reflects the nature of our partnership. You will see this in our documentation as we make the tweaks.