BTG Cluster Launch

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Thursday 11 March 2010
Jean Batten School

It was with much fanfare that the Bridging the Gap Cluster Launch took place, at Jean Batten School on 11 March 2010.

As the cars arrived and the teachers were greeting each other, and the sun was shining the powhiri began. This was to set the stage for a wonderful welcome for all who belong to this cluster. The set up of the hall was thoughtful and the greeting by each Principal in the Cluster, were impressive.

A huge space was made for the teachers to get into their year slots to discuss the technology that was around in "their" time. Much laughter was had when they all thought back to the banda machine, radio broadcasts and the gestetner and realised how far we have come in ICT. This was followed by drinks and nibbles and making new friends.

If this was the beginning of the contract I look forward to the journey and the party at the end.

Glenis Martin


Tuesday 1 March 2011
Waterlea School

We had lost the fanfare and for that matter the bridge when the Bridging the Gap Cluster Launch took place at Waterlea School on 1 March 2011.
The fanfare was replaced by the sounds from the conversations of friends and the bridge replaced with an equally remarkable if not more robust structure - the bridge box - undoubtedly a clever play on the box bridge.
The manuhiri were welcomed in a stirring powhiri, with karanga, whaikorero and waiata. Then the manuhiri were invited forward to hongi and hariru with the tangata whenua. Our thanks to Aroha for having such a musical uncle and to Howie for speaking for the manuhiri.
Principal Margaret Palmer from Waterlea School welcomed each principal who introduced their lead ICTPD teachers. Then the lead teachers introduced their in-school ICTPD leaders.
Lead ICTPD teachers, Helen Smith (Waterlea), Qamar Sultana (Al Madinah), Deanne Rose (Jean Batten) and Sheryl Wright (ROI) shared a snapshot of SOLO and ICT learning outcomes from the cluster work in 2010.
Pam Hook talked briefly about the things that matter most in an ICTPD cluster contract - and SOLO and ICTPD were not part of them.
Darryl Connelly, Principal of Royal Oak Intermediate School invited teachers to make connections with someone they had never met before, sharing something they hoped they might learn this year about SOLO Taxonomy and or eLearning and something they might teach others.
After this activity, expertise trading cards from each teacher were collected in the "Bridge Box" . Penny was charged with drawing the lucky winner, a task that captured the attention of all. The highly sought after prize was a a Flip Video kindly donated by Oasis Education teacher recruitment agency - whose professionalism in supplying relief teaching staff was highly commended by Waterlea School. The lucky winner Shabina Ali from Al-Madinah School was quite overwhelmed having just beforehand claimed she never won prize draws. Food was shared, teachers mingled - there was a buzz of laughter and convivial conversation. It felt good to be starting another year of professional learning with the BTG community. We closed the event and the great tidy up to ready the venue for an evening of Zumba began.

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