Fostering Curiosity and Life Long Learning

Kia ora e te whānau,

At TGS, our mission statement is "Our mission is to develop independent, life-long learners with strong foundations in literacy and numeracy through real, student-driven inquiry, using ICT as a tool." Inquiry and integration are the backbones of our programs.

We are very lucky to have designated times, spaces, and teachers for well-being and social-emotional learning in our school. We have specialist times that allow our music, PE, STEAM, Science, Food Tech, Hard Tech, Textiles, and Music Teachers come into our spaces to provide collaborative release for our team. In the middle block on a Friday, we meet across the school to have 'clubs'. Clubs are teacher-led explorations of a new skill, idea, or project. Learners sign up for clubs and take part in learning these new skills. Clubs are a time to showcase new ideas and skills and build curiosity and exploration of new concepts for our learners. My last club centered around digital fabric design, something that I had only explored in a small capacity myself. We model and explore new learning opportunities with our kids to reinforce that learning is a lifelong skill. We are also very open with our learners when we go on professional development. I will come back from this week with pictures, stories, and tasks to share with both my learners and our staff.

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July 08, 2024

Thanks for sharing, Dharia. I really enjoyed reading your story and particularly resonated with the idea of “clubs”. What a way for students to explore and express their creativity!

July 08, 2024

Thank you for sharing, I love that the student’s development of skills is being fuelled by their curiosity in the club model. It paves the way for them to be life long learners.

July 08, 2024

We have a range of lunch break clubs for students to attend at my school, Hilliard SS. Students love having a range of choices to foster their learning and creativity in a variety of contexts ie. clubs like bush buddies, chess, craft and even balloon art! It is interesting that there is hardly ever behaviour problems within these clubs…

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