Thursday, 4 June 2020

Student Leaders Elected

This morning I had the privilege of hearing our student council members give their speeches about why we should choose them as the student leaders. I was very impressed with both the speech delivery and the sentiments that were shared. The message of kindness was evident, and it was a great way for all of us to learn more about each of these students.
Congratulations to all these students for their willingness to make a difference for others.
The 2020 Student Council

Our elected Student Leaders are: 
Ulysses Cu
Willow Goodwin
Our Deputy Leaders are:
Cooper Ollerenshaw
Hannah Burnett
Thank you to Mrs Reid for the work you do with our Student Council each year. 

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Alert Level Two at Rosebank

It has been fantastic to be able to welcome all our students back to school this week now that we are down to Alert Level 2. Students have adapted readily to the idea of social distancing and more hand washing and cleaning.
Room 1 knew exactly how to practise social distancing on Monday morning.

It was great to be able to re-connect with friends at lunchtime.

Students are enjoying getting back into activities like face to face maths sessions.

With having no assemblies for the rest of this term, we have been able to fit in an Arts Unit on a Thursday afternoon. Students have the opportunity to explore art, music, dance and drama in more detail at this time. There were some great examples today of students making the most of this opportunity to develop their skill and appreciation of The Arts.
Chinese calligraphy classes as part of our extension Mandarin programme.

Preparing for a drama lesson by making puppets.

Preparing for drama.

The beginnings of some tukutuku panel artwork.

Learning to play ukelele.

Friday, 8 May 2020

Alert Level 3 at Rosebank

Having five small bubbles of children and teachers at Rosebank over the past two weeks has been a very special experience. It has been a wonderful opportunity for both staff and students to connect at a deeper level, without the normal busyness of school life. I have really enjoyed meeting each child at the school gate in the morning and bidding them farewell again at 3:00 p.m.
Having the school operating at Level 3 with just a few students has given us a great opportunity to streamline our hygiene, cleaning and social distancing routines so that everyone remains safe at school. We will be ready to welcome everyone back at Level 2 when this announcement comes.
In the meantime, we are enjoying the wonderful connections we are all making, and the great sense of community we have here at Rosebank School.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Thursday 9 April 2020 Two Weeks In To Our Stay Home Period

As we plan for our school to re-open for distance learning after the Easter break next week, I have been mindful of our core school vision of Valuing the Individual and Striving for Excellence. All school families will have had different stresses and experiences over the past two weeks of isolation. Whether it is trying to work from home while maintaining family life, or having a great deal more time on your hands to spend with family, or being an essential worker who has to work out in the community, we all have different experiences. As we plan for distance learning, it is important to remember that the most important thing is that you look after both your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of your family. 
The Mental Health Foundation’s Five Ways to Wellbeing can help guide our actions as we think about what distance learning can look like for different families. We can follow these practices within our family bubbles and spread kindness and manaakitanga amongst each other. 
  • Connect - talk and listen to each other, build relationships with those around you
  • Give - your time, your words, your presence; do something nice for and with your family
  • Take Notice - be curious
  • Keep Learning - embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself
  • Be Active - do what you can; enjoy what you do; move your mood.
There are so many learning opportunities around the home that we can make the most of. This is far more important than whether each student has completed every last task that they have been set. Most importantly, be kind to each other, be helpful, learn new skills around the home and enjoy each others company. 

Take care and enjoy your Easter break. 

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Thursday 2 April 2020 One Week In To Our Stay Home Period

Well, it's one week in and everyone seems to be doing well. One of the things I have been doing is having a spring clean at home. I came across a book by Jason Ohler about living in the digital age. The book was written in 2005 as we were coming to grips with how we make sense of a digitally overdone world. At the time, I had copied out a quote from the book that is still absolutely relevant now:
Our attitude about learning will control our aptitude because knowledge will be so fast changing that only those who actually enjoy learning will thrive.

This is certainly food for thought at the moment as we try to stay connected with our students at home. How do we support students from a distance in a meaningful way? We talk about students taking ownership of their learning, and I see this as a huge opportunity to explore the realities of what this can look like in this new environment.

I would welcome your thoughts and comments about distance learning and what you believe works and makes a difference. We want our students to be excited about learning and we want all of our students to thrive.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Day One - Thursday 26 March

“Connecting with people who make you feel safe and loved is the most important thing you can do to look after your mental health and the mental health of people around you.”

I've been thinking about this today as we settle in to our first day at home. I hope you are all making the most of being with the people you love. It was so lovely to connect in with all the teachers today via a Zoom meeting. We are so lucky to have the technology to stay connected even when we are not in the same room together. 

A big focus of our enforced isolation at home will be to stay connected to each other. I would love photos and comments from you about how you are doing this, as when we work together, we come up with even better ideas. 

I felt a bit sad when I left school yesterday, knowing that none of us would be allowed back for at least four weeks. However, I am also extremely grateful for the community we live in. We have so many caring, kind people who make this place special.
Keep in touch with each other and stay safe at home. 

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Garden to Table Resources

Over the coming weeks when we are all at home, I think the garden is the very best place for all of us! Here are some ideas for what you might like to do while you are at home.

Brainstorm - Why do we garden? (making sure to include that gardening has mental and physical benefits e.g. can improve our mood, gentle to vigorous exercise, we are connecting with our natural environment and we are 'connecting' with our family). Central to GTT is the nutritious fruit and vegetables that we grow and get to eat and nourish our bodies to keep us well.

Quiet activities - from a sitting position count flying insects and animals.....How many butterflies/honey bees/bumblebees/birds can you see? (Turn the data into a graph)

Drawing - Explorers, such as on James Cook's expeditions, had artists onboard who documented the plant and animal life. Explore the garden world in detail. This can be done inside or outside. Children can draw a leaf in detail. An insect in detail. A fruit or vegetable cut in half so that you can see it's interior. 

Garden signs - Make markers for new plants/seedlings, larger signs for beds and trees. By painting the background white, the coloured letters will stand out clearly. Can re-use wood or unused corflute signs (e.g. real estate 'for sale' signs). This can be done inside or outside. 

Looking after ourselves - looking after the garden. Keeping ourselves warm and comfortable in the garden now that the weather is getting cooler. Similarly, your garden may need a bed of mulch to stop it from drying out in the autumn before the rain comes. Mulching will help keep the soil warm, like a blanket, through the winter.