Hi My name is Sandra Jenkins. I am the principal of Freemans Bay School in Auckland, New Zealand. Our school is situated in the heart of Auckland City. We believe in e-learning, assessment for learning and habits of mind as core elements of our school curriculum. Students and teachers are encouraged to reflect, collaborate and give feedback on each others learning. Engagement, empowerment and enrichment are at the heart of how we learn at Freemans Bay School.Twitter label: @FreemansbayScho
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Global Schools Alliance
I recently had an interesting email from the New Zealand High Commissioner's office in Delhi inviting me to accept and invitation for Freemans Bay School to become a member of The Global Schools Alliance.
This is an organisation that was established in 2014 with members from all over the world. These educationalists agree to share practice to support other progressive thinking schools in their journeys to provide education that is personalised, innovative, authentic and relevant to their learners.
The current schools involved are:
AB Combs School, USA - rated No 1 Magnet School in the United States of America. Each child's journey is mapped for success in the real world based on the timeless principles of Steven Covey's "7 habits of highly successful people".
Matthew Moss School, UK- ranked by Innovation Unit (UK Govt) amongst the top 10 schools (of the 21st century) in the world. Is known for its ability to align learning (through projects) with individual passions of children.
EOS Teaching Alliance, UK- Hartsholme Academy, member EOS, is rated as the most innovative primary school in the UK. Vega is a member of the EOS Teaching Alliance.
Hilltop Road Public School, Australia - A 'learning frontiers' school that leads in embedding technology in Teaching & Learning, awarded NSW School Cohesive Awards for strong community links.
Ørestad Gymnasium, Denmark- an award winning Scandinavian school that constantly tests new ways of organizing teaching and uses modern technology to support it. Also among the top 10 schools (of the 21st century) in the world.
I have been spending a bit of time learning about these schools.This is an interesting clip that explains thinking from Mathew Moss School around "Slow Learning" at their school.
I can see connections with what we do at Freemans Bay School - particularly around our Passion project learning. Definitely links to personalising learning and student choice.
It is amazing to have this opportunity to connect with The Alliance is an opportunity to connect with like-minded schools across the globe. It will be a new journey to explore the thinking and the journeys of these schools and their leaders.