In Week 2 this term we had a parent information evening on future focused and collaborative teaching and learning. If you missed it, you can access the slideshow here. Over the next few weeks we will be answering the questions, that were raised at that meeting, in our newsletter and on our website.
How is St Mary’s School preparing our students for secondary school, university and more ‘traditional’ environments?
At St Mary’s we work hard to make the transition to Intermediate and secondary school as smooth as possible. Our job is prepare students both academically and socially and over the last couple of year’s we have been working closely with Aquinas College so that important information is shared.
We are preparing our students for life in a changed and changing world. Education must prepare our children “for jobs that don’t yet exist, to use technologies that have not been invented and to solve problems that we don’t even know are problems yet” Kath Murdoch sums it up nicely in this 2 minute clip: http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/content/download/83861/651458/version/1/file/Karen+sewell.mp4
Research states that the successful transition to school and the ability to deal with change relies heavily on the students acquiring certain key dispositions or competencies. These competencies are a valued aspect of the teaching and learning in our classrooms and align closely with our Catholic Character.
As required by the New Zealand Curriculum, we place an emphasis on the following Key Competencies: Thinking; Using Language, Symbols and Texts; Managing Self; Relating to Others; Participating and Contributing. You can find more information about the NZC Key Competencies here: http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Key-competencies/Capable-kids-Working-with-the-key-competencies.
ERO, through their research on ‘Transition from Primary to secondary’, has identified the following aspects that make transition successful: “How well students respond to the changes is largely dependent on two key aspects – students’ personal resources and coping skills (such as their acquisition of the Key Competencies described in The New Zealand Curriculum framework);  and the school culture into which students transition. Schools can support students to make successful transitions by helping them to develop a sense of themselves as competent and capable beings characterised by:
- a ’can-do’ attitude
- a sense of self capability
- strategies to deal with challenges
- skills relating to others such as listening actively, being tolerant and cooperation
- a sense of contribution to school and community.
At St Mary’s, we are excited to join you in the journey of developing lifelong learners who are able to collaborate, be creative, and solve problems that really matter in all of the environments that they encounter.