By Farida Master – June 7, 2018
FEATURED IN “TIMES ONLINE” – http://www.times.co.nz/news/flat-bush-7-learning-leaders-with-a-shared-vision/
For the first time principals of seven different schools in Flat Bush came together along with around 250 teachers and 95 support staff to share their knowledge and resources.
They met at Ormiston Junior College on Tuesday.
Unlike most schools in a zone that are naturally competitive, Flat Bush 7 is an initiative focussed on collaboration to promote the local community of teachers, children and patents.
Self-funded by principals of Mission Heights Junior College, Mission Heights Primary, Ormiston Senior College, Ormiston Junior College, Ormiston Primary School, Baverstock Oaks School and the still-to-open in 2019 Te Uho o te Nikau Primary School — there is no government funding involved.
Instead, the local principals put aside money from their learning budgets to harness the power of collective intelligence and the diversity of thinking as they share their school narratives.
Principal of Mission Heights Junior College Ian Morrison says that it has been a 14-year-old journey with all the schools in Flat Bush being brand new.
“The collaboration between the schools has existed for a long time so it was easy to have a day where all of us came together to share creative practices and a progressive educational pathway in the community,” he says.
“There is no competition here. When we started we understood what we wanted in this area and we are all working towards that realisation.”
He gives credit to Mary Wilson, former principal of Baverstock Oaks for encouraging collaboration in the fast developing area of Flat Bush.
Veena Vohra, principal of Mission Heights Primary School, points out that Baverstock Oaks was the very first school which was part of the development of Flat Bush.
“We have always been individual islands of excellence in each school with a lot of personal learning. So this is a great way for the staff to share the best practises and avail of the expertise we have in the community.
“This also makes the transition from primary to senior college very easy for children and parents. We can even personally refer parents to go and see a particular person in another school.”
The break out themes for the day were creative practice in schools, culturally responsive practice, student well being and building resilience, collaborative practice and curriculum connections, round table –strategic networking between schools.
Guest speaker Kaila Colbin from the Ministry of Awesome spoke about `Riding the exponential wave of change’– what nanotechnology, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and robotics have in common, and what do they have to do with us? The theme tied in well with future focussed schools that thrive on innovative learning.
Heath McNeil, principal of Ormiston Primary, says there has been a history of a unique partnership with each of the new schools being initially hosted in other Flat Bush schools until Flat Bush 7 was formally established.
Luke Sumich, principal of Ormiston Junior College, says they are building on initiatives like a collective scholarship of $1000 for Year 13 students who have excelled.
“It’s about creating trust,” says Diana Patience, principal of Ormiston Senior College. “We are the only area in NZ with two junior colleges and one senior college and we want to educate the community about this model by demonstrating that by working closely together we are providing a seamless and legitimate pathway for all children, which normally doesn’t happen.”
“Genee Crowley, the newly-appointed principal of Baverstock Oaks School, says she feels privileged to be a part of a community of schools that supports and helps each other.
Mel Bland, principal of Te Uho o te Nikau Primary School, agrees saying she feels very lucky to be a part of a community of experienced principals who are mentors with shared vision.
Did you know a new primary school will be opening at 187 Flat Bush School Road in 2019?
The Establishment Board of Trustees
invites families to a
|DATE:||Tuesday 19 June 2018|
|PLACE:||Ormiston Junior College Foyer|
|PURPOSE:||To share information about the new school including the adopted Enrolment Scheme|
Upcoming Establishment Board of Trustees Meetings – 2018
NEW ENTRANTS - YEAR 6 TEACHERS – SEVERAL POSITIONS
Te Uho o te Nikau Primary School is a newly established year 1-6 school that will open
in February 2019. Te Uho o te Nikau Primary School will provide a flexible teaching and
learning environment located in the heart of Flat Bush Auckland, a rapidly growing diverse
This is a unique opportunity for passionate educators to:
• Innovate, challenge, design and explore within our flexible learning model.
• Create a culture where all are welcomed and enabled to achieve as life-long learners.
• Be part of a purpose-driven team of original, confident facilitators of learning.
• Grow individually and collectively as a member of our foundation staff.
• Deliver our vision for an inclusive, globally aware, sustainable learning environment.
• Showcase their resilience, student-focus and excellent sense of humour.
• Belong to a unique learning community.
Are you ready for the challenge of new school possibilities?
This is our journey – to nourish, grow and thrive together.
An application pack is available via email from:
Applications close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday 6 July 2018