Monday, March 21, 2011


A colleague of mine wrote on his blog about spaces. The spaces in which we learn.
How important are they how do they impact on the way we learn?
Do you think they have any bearing on the student or adult learner?
Our children at Ashley have the standard box with a roof to learn in. Opportunities are coming to be able to develop outdoor learning environments as well.
Our students already do their best to learn up trees!( Except when an over zealous tree surgeon gets stuck in)Who is to say that climbing a tree doesn't provide the stimulus for better learning.
What would be the ideal learning environment for your now as an adult and what would have been the ultimate as a student ?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 1 of the New Year.

Interesting Title! It sort of feels like we are starting again. New kids ,new families! Wow!
I mean we have nothing to complain about, as far as I know we are lucky out here and the school is still functioning. What I have witnessed is the way some people are handling it.
Some have thrown themselves into rescue and started collecting, digging, transporting doing everything in there power to be a part of it and to contribute. Some have pulled their families closer worrying about what is going to happen next. Some have focussed internally and are looking at things and how it relates solely to them. All very normal, very valid ways of dealing with and disaster.
There are days I pretend I am okay too:)
There will be a number of changes expected and the expected changes will continue to change constantly.

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Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand
I have been Principal of Ashley School since 2002 and I am still learning my job.I am married with 3 children. I have a love of educating children to the best of their potential. I enjoy Rowan Atkinson, Ricky Gervais, cycling and all other sports.