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Kahui Ako
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South Canterbury Catholic Schools Kāhui Ako - The Learner at the Centre

Carmel Brosnahan-Pye —

Working together to help all students achieve their full potential - “Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

 Our Vision 

To collaborate for success in the South Canterbury Catholic Community of Learning by providing high quality Catholic Education for our students, ensuring a seamless pathway and deeper engagement in learning. 

2018 has been a year of setting up the way we work together and developing our understanding of our common purpose. We have begun to think more deeply about our Kahui Ako’s focus. Our special Catholic Character encompasses all that we do. Our focus is engagement . With the learner at the centre we are considering some of the following questions. Are our signature practices consistent with 21st century learning principles. Are our students comfortable in the unknown. Can we imagine a different future? This year has also been about relationships . Developing the existing relationships we had ,deepening them and exploring new ways to be together. 

 So far this year we have developed working groups including: 

  •  Sencos 
  • Middle Leaders 
  • Year 7-10 transition & coherent pathways 
  • Within school teacher supporting inquiry 
  • Digital technology lead teachers 
  • Year 1-3 and Year 4-6 pathways of learning 

We have had professional learning opportunities including: 

  • Engagement 
  • Universal design for learning 
  • Learning progressions and PaCt tool (progress and Consistency tool Yr 1-10) 
  • Digital Technology Curriculum 
  • Middle Leadership- coaching & mentoring 

We have also identified common areas of interest and expertise which we plan to tap into and provide opportunities to work together in the future. Our Principal's have been working with the Diocese to look at the way we can share professional learning in RE and Catholic Special Character in the future. 

They have also been working with the Ministry to look at ways to work together to plan together for learning support & well being support for our students. 

We have also worked together to develop whanau huis and gather our whanau ‘s aspirations for their students. Whaea Kathy has worked across our schools to support our teachers and students. 

Our Year 7-8 teachers and Year 9-10 teachers with junior subject responsibility are developing transition statements looking at the capabilities of Year 7-10 students. During early Term 4 they will be visiting each others setting. 

During Term 4 we will be working on developing an action plan for 2019-2020 and in the process of doing that will revisit the Achievement Challenge plan and review and update it . 

The Leader and across school positions have been confirmed until the end of 2019. The within school positions were fixed for 2018 and schools will follow a process for the appointment of these positions for 2019.Funding has been confirmed at similar levels as this year for 2019.

Nga mihi, 

Carmel Brosnahan-Pye