Nau mai haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi o Whakatu
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Nelson Central School - you will find us in Nile Street to the east of Nelson Cathedral. We are 'home' to 450 enthusiastic children aged 5 to 11 years. A mixture of old and new buildings are complemented by several beautiful, mature trees. We are fortunate that our school grounds feature two large playing fields and two adventure playgrounds. While being highly regarded by our community we do our best to achieve constant and never ending improvement. For further information, please
contact the school office.
Stationery Lists for 2017 can be found on your child's classroom page to the right of this webpage.
Last week I was asked about the changes to schooling and their origins- which made me think. As someone who has been immersed in education for a long time, the movement towards what is now called “innovative learning environments” makes complete sense. However the real change is not in the look of classrooms ( ours haven’t changed significantly in the past 50 years), but in the way teachers support learners.
What has changed?
The impact of technology and travel has changed our working future. Society no longer needs to parcel people into a “pass and fail” system to provide large numbers of unskilled labour. It is hard to predict what knowledge will be needed in the future, and what future jobs may evolve. We also know a lot more about how to learn - mostly because of the gains in brain imaging.
These two things have meant we have needed to change the way we teach.
Teachers now provide learning that is personalised to each learner - rather than the learner fitting in to a “one size fits all” model. Even when children are working as a group they will be asked different questions and challenged in differing ways. Learning involves working with adults and other children in partnership, as well as using technology. Being able to listen and collaborate are important skills. Increased attention is given to deep learning and thinking, to creativity and resilience. The foundations of literacy, numeracy, curiosity and perserverance continue to be important.
These changes mean that the role of a teacher is a very complex, highly skilled one, and our teachers work hundreds of unseen hours to ensure your children are supported and challenged every day.
There are also implications for our buildings - which were designed for groups of children all doing the same thing at the same time, mostly in silence. We are working to see what we can do to make classrooms more effective for the learning that is happening.
As parents, everything you do to encourage your child to be curious, to ask questions, and to keep trying when it is tricky, will support them to be active successful learners. We talk about having a “growth mindset”; that intelligence is developed, and effort creates success.
We are looking forward to sharing some of this learning, and our successes at the end of this term, with student led interviews.
Ngā mihi nui
Wednesday August 15 will be a National Day of Action for teachers and support workers in schools.
NZEI members are keen to ensure all New Zealanders know how serious they are about ensuring quality public education and a sustainable teaching workforce.
Please talk to your child's teacher to find out more about the issues that concern them.
This means our school will be closed on this day for instruction and for supervision.We are unable to provide the Health and Safety requirements to keep your children safe on that day without these key staff members.
Yikes will be able to provide supervision on that day . Please contact them for more details or check their website.
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We have several Scale A teaching positions (fixed term) for 2018.
They include a maternity leave position- senior school: Fixed term position- middle school, English medium: Fixed term position- middle school, Māori medium: Fixed term position-new entrant, English medium.
Are you a highly effective NZ registered teacher?
Are you a learner, a collaborator, a passionate leader of learning?
Do you have a strong sense of social justice and inclusion?
Do you approach challenge with flexibility, innovation, reflection and fun?
Do you have a real passion for making a difference?
Read further to see if you are a good fit for our school.
Scale A teachers: Fixed term
Multiple positions, as a result of roll growth, and parental