Kia ora colleagues
I am so happy to share the above photo and a couple below, showing some of our new learners who have joined our school in Pūtahi, our Allenvale satellite unit and new learning space. Some of you are aware, that after some 34 years on site here at Wairaklei, the Ferndale satellite unit was disestablished just last year. There was a sense of mourning by our school community, having established such an inclusive social and learning environment for all learners on site at Wairakei School.
The inclusive nature of our collaborative learning environments encouraged both learners from Ferndale and Wairakei, to freely engage and interact with each other in any learning spaces around the school. We have a saying that “any space is a learning space”, and we certainly made sure this was evident – especially with regards to meeting the needs of our Ferndale learners sharing their learning journey with the Wairakei learners.
So it was with excitement that our Wairakei Board of Trustees agreed to provide temporary space to Allenvale students for 18 months to 2 years, after which they would move onto a new purpose built space at the new Cobham-Burnside Primary rebuild.
Already, we have real and authentic engagement between the schools with staff and learners. The children are interacting in class and outside at break times. I love seeing the boys playing in the playground, sharing sporting challenges and having conversations with the kids in all areas of the school.
To this end, I want to make note of the new appointment as Principal of Allenvale. Ian Poulter comes from Bluestone School in Timaru, and will be a great addition to our CPPA. He will be taking up the appointment after Labour weekend. I am looking forward personally, to working with Ian in our current satellite relationship.
Please take time to read the articles in the publication. It is a great way to get information out in one go, and to also add reminders of previously published articles.
Thanks for all your messages of support to me over the last few weeks too. I really appreciate knowing that what the Executive is doing for our members is adding value. We have had such a huge uptake over the last few months of people re-engaging with other members of the CPPA. Thank you to those who have been able to commit to attend Hanmer this year. It is very different with having to find venues and accommodation able to take us. Especially when we have 97 registrations. Well done! I am looking forward to a great time of connecting, hauora and learning with you.