Waitaki Bob's Teacher Only Day
Kia-ora from beautiful Central Otago! What a busy day I have had, looking around two very amazing schools! We started our day at the very impressive Wanaka Primary School. We took a tour through their learning areas (known as ‘Pods’). It was fantastic to see the collaborative teaching and learning that was taking place within these ‘Pods’. It was also good to see the children totally engaged in their learning, (just like our kids at Waitaki Valley)!
I really loved the pirate ship playground too!
Arrowtown School, is 5 times the size of our school, but as the children played at lunch time, they mixed with a variety of ages from Yr1-8 and looked after each other. They have some very open learning spaces in brand new buildings and some single cell learning spaces in older buildings. The outdoor artwork is very cool!
After a quick (but delicious) lunch, we wound our way over the Crown Range to the equally beautiful Arrowtown Primary School. As we wandered around and talked to the teachers and the students, I was struck by the lovely, friendly vibe I got and it reminded me of our amazing school and the people in it!
The teachers have certainly had a very busy day of learning. It was exciting to see some new things and to be able to celebrate the amazing things that are already happening within the learning spaces of our own school. I can’t wait to see how these spaces evolve over the next year! What lucky children!
Waitaki Bob as reported by Mrs Powell