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May 2016

The Festival of Cultural Sharing

May 22nd, 2016|

On Friday we were invited to Fo Guang Temple. The whole school went along for a wonderful day of activities to celebrate The Festival of Cultural Sharing. We learnt about the 3Gs; Good thoughts, good words and good deeds as well as lots of facts about Buddha and the temple itself. What a fabulous day! […]

NZSL Week

May 16th, 2016|

In 2006, NZSL sign language became the third official language in New Zealand. Last week, Ormiston Primary School celebrated NZSL week 2016. It was a special occasion for all learners to learn more about Deaf people’s culture and identity.

Many of our learners enjoyed the benefits of being able to talk with their hands as they […]

Using Technology Better

May 3rd, 2016|

This term Ormiston proudly hosted the Using Technology Better conference. Educators from all over New Zealand gathered to learn how to best use technology with their students. Teams of educators, including Ormiston Learning Coaches, attended a variety of workshops ran by Google certified teachers Mike Reading from Australia and Alice Keeler from California. The workshops […]

November 2014

Drop In Fridays

November 28th, 2014|

Once our learning coaches had been appointed, we invited them to attend ‘Drop in Fridays’. These Fridays were designed to be casual events where the learning coaches could get to know each other and the Strategic Leadership Team. It was a great opportunity to be able to set the scene and to be able to have […]

Learning NZSL

November 27th, 2014|

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is recognised as an official language of New Zealand through the New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006. It is for this reason that NZSL has special mention in The New Zealand Curriculum (2007). When NZSL is taught as an additional language, it fits within the aims and objectives of learning […]

Excellent Enviroschools

November 26th, 2014|

In line with the Greenstar rating for our indoor spaces our outdoor areas are designed to be sustainable.  Our learners will be intimately involved with the design of our outside spaces. We envision our outdoor spaces will include gardens, worm farms, composting and a natural playground. We want our learners to make connections with their environment, to […]

August 2014

Magnificent MLEs in Melbourne

August 25th, 2014|

Heath McNeil, Caro Bush and Diana Wilkes visited four schools in Melbourne, Kororoit Creek Primary School, Truganina, Silverton, Alamanda  to critique and be inspired by their approach to Modern Learning Environments. There were some clear similarities in all the schools:

strong leadership with a clear, rigid belief in the school vision
investment in Beginning Teachers and then move them on […]