Tuesday, 22 October 2019

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Coroglen School principal on the year ahead

Coroglen School principal, Jean Saunders, and her staff are looking forward to a busy 2019, including active involvement in the Tuia - Encounters 250 commemorations later in the year.

“Our staff remain similar to last year and our roll numbers are steady at 30 with some new families replacing our 2018 leavers,” says Jean.

“I am happy to say we are in the final stages of planning a complete refurbishment of our classroom learning spaces, which will enable us to make better and more flexible use of our indoor and outdoor environment. We will be adding a deck and direct access to our outdoor learning area, which will incorporate our sandpit, water-play, mud kitchen and garden spaces. With the support of the Coromandel Community of Learning and other participating schools, we will be moving into the ‘Learning Through Play’ philosophy in our junior room.

“Another anticipated learning opportunity this term is the Experiencing Marine Reserves programme with Mercury Bay local, Amber Boyd. Amber will be training our students in snorkelling and the theory behind what she is teaching them. We will then visit Hahei to look inside and beyond the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve to witness the impact the reserve has on the marine environment. This will be exciting and powerful learning for our students and incorporates our school vision and values regarding sustainability, utilising our local environment and working with our community to develop lifelong learners.

“The local Tuia - Encounters 250 programme, which will put Mercury Bay in the national spotlight later this year, will be an opportunity for our students to be involved in authentic learning experiences they will no doubt retain as highlights from their school years. We are looking forward to being actively involved and appreciate the time and commitment Joe Davis of Ngati Hei, John Wright of Mercury Bay Area School and Ministry of Education staff have put into creating learning resources and experiences related to the commemorations. This term we will be focusing on voyaging as a theme, from the past through to the future.

“On top of all this, we will of course continue to do what we do well. Our usual calendar highlights remain - Pet Day in the third school term and the swimming, winter sports and athletics days that we share with Whenuakite and Te Rerenga Schools. This year too, we have been invited to share a Matariki celebration at Hikuai School.

“We are a small school and can offer a low teacher/student ratio. This enables us to build strong relationships with our students and their families. We have a dedicated board of trustees and supportive whānau who work hard to fundraise for the extras we need and who help where they can in our classrooms and on outings.” 

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