My name isShannon Robinson, and I have had a pleasure of working with students, teachers and families within the Murrays Bay community for over 13 years as Dean and Deputy Principal. This place is extremely special. We have amazing opportunities and experiences targeted towards our young adults. We have very strong Pastoral Care and inclusive Special Needs programmes.
We believe in empowering people. We are 'invitational' in our approach to how we view teaching and learning. We believe in the holistic learning of an individual that will lead to well rounded development of future citizens who will be able to contribute positively to society in the 21st Century.
We embrace personalised learning devices and programmes and most Year 8 students have a brand new Innovative Learning Environment. As I write this we are completing our netball turf which complements our large gymnasium. We have an extremely strong sporting and arts programme, with multiple teams and plethora of options.
My Teaching Philosophy Education is organic, it must be fluid and flexible. I believe in providing a positive and collaborative environment for the staff and students who work with me, a connected environment where we can feel comfortable to grow and take risks, and strive to reach our potential. The opportunity to be equal, but the right to be different too.
I believe we need to make a difference to all students and teachers-to empower them and to encourage trust and respect from our students and our communities. The importance of the teaching of values and resiliency, to appreciate, and show gratitude.
It is important to be committed to the principles of The Treaty of Waitangi-our taonga, the language and the culture being an integral part of school life for all. We need to understand the "Language of the Soul." Knowing our and others’ culture and identity, will bind our education, and an understanding and respect for an indigenous worldview-skills for life. Our teachers need to provide quality, personalised programmes that cater for cultural, academic, physical and emotional development. Programmes need to be inquiry based and provide authentic and connected learning experiences. The explicit teaching of creative and critical thinking, and problem solving. The provision of deep, specific and relevant feedback, that together with the students, we construct the next learning steps. The importance of reflecting and celebrating learning for oneself and as a community. Co-construction of the learning cycle with students and teachers.
The implementation ofCoaching-the discovery and the nurturing of the talents that lie within staff and students. 21st Century learning that takes cognisance of our innovative learning environments and the rich diversity of multi media where choice of activity and presentation is optimal.