Sunday, 26 August 2012

2012 Term 3 Week 6 - Visitors

As you will imagine, being a new school we are popular with visitors. We have architects, Ministry of Education, educational consultants, teachers, principals, study groups and overseas visitors through our school almost every week. They come to see our learning spaces, to hear our philosophy and to see it all in action. There are some who love what we do ... others who's skepticism is clear to see ... some who have followed our progress since we started ... and others who have a new building plan to get under way.

We have visitors who come in person, visitors who skype in and some who come several times. We have had skype chats with students in Wellington but this week we welcomed students from another school for the first time. 

Point View School came to visit us with their teachers and doubled our roll instantly! We hosted a Year 2 class and a Year 6 class and they brought a range of devices and experiences to share. 

Our students shared their green screen experiences, their blog, their sites and Point View students shared their blogs and wikis with us. Students from both schools were completely engaged in sharing with and learning from one another as they explored their digital worlds on their iPads, iPods and laptops.

During the break times we saw the school colours of black and blue (HPS) and red and green (PVS) all interacting, playing together, chatting and a "your school against our school" football match was underway. Having 120+ students in the courtyard resulted in lots more noise - it was lovely to hear the laughter and chatting as the students got to know each other.

The Point View students were impeccably behaved, completely engaged in their learning and were a credit to their school. Their teachers should be very proud of them! They loved our learning environment and one of their students was overheard answering the questions as to which school he liked better with "all their stuff in our school"!!

We gave over Studio 1 to PVS for the afternoon so that they could explore the furniture and play with the green screen at their leisure. They thoroughly enjoyed exploring the furniture and studio environment and I hear they went back to school with a long "wish list" - sorry!!

It was great fun to welcome students to our school to share our environment and a great learning experience for both Point View students, our students and all the teachers. The idea that students can visit, skype, learn in different environments, learn with others in a different school is one that we are keen to explore more as we have more student visitors learn with us either digitally or in person so if you are interested in bringing some students to visit …

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