Thursday, October 26, 2017

WPCA Ski Trip @ Temple Basin 2017

Kaia put together this amazing video of our adventures up at Temple Basin. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

best ever time today!

I am super amped to have run my best ever time today. I decided before the run that I was going to lock on to Sonny like a jet fighter pilot. I had him in my sights for the duration of the run...and the strategy worked!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Skiing Temple

So proud of this crew and all they achieved over 2 days up on that mountain!


Friday, July 7, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

hanging out in Charleston

Super proud of our Pikelets up at Charleston last week. With a lot of encouragement, all 17 students managed to abseil the giant 25m sea cliff! Every student gave the rock climbing 'a crack'. I was really impressed with everyone's attitudes and their achievements across the day. Thanks TPP and the parents who helped over the two days. 





Friday, May 26, 2017

passion man

I've been reflecting a lot lately about motivation, drive and how to get the best out of myself and the people around me. Steve Gurney's visit this week couldn't have been timed any better. What a pleasure to hear his story. This is a guy that will stop at nothing to be the very best at whatever he does - and it's no accident that he's been as successful as he's been. He subscribes to the notion of 'hard work works' and that failure should not be dwelled upon but used as 'feedback' to be BTB. It was refreshing to have such an energy force in our classroom. 

Schools receive a lot of invitations from various organisations and other initiatives across the year. A teacher's inbox can be a temple of doom at times! This year, one of my goals was to filter through some of the invites more strategically to find some winning opportunities. One of which came for a visit yesterday. Andrew, from Bright Sparks, a government-led technology initiative, came for a visit. He led some pretty cool electronic activities and challenges and sparked (excuse the pun) some real enthusiasm for an area of learning that should be given a lot more attention in my opinion. Students got to build their own robot car and had races, having to fine tune their wheel alignment to ensure they were driving straight and not doing epic donuts! Some of the more engaged students even got an opportunity to programme a small bread board that included light and heat sensors. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Jade Carving

Paroa Kapa Haka students got an opportunity today to carve their own piece of pounamu!