Northern Beaches Christian School ran a conference in Auckland and was attended by some staff from HPSS. Making it Mobile 2014 at Albany Senior High School was an exciting conference that offered me, as a teacher, a huge variety of tools and options in my teaching practice and the time that I spent there certainly had an impact on my practice in so many ways. Actually when I look at the professional development that has been made available, this year, through our PD team I know that I am incredibly fortunate to be a part of the HPSS team. Making it Mobile, GAFE, EdchatNZ and Ulearn in 2014 have all be challenging and incredibly useful opportunities.
Anne Knock of NBCS, knowing that they were in their last week of term and asked if I could come over and have a visit. "Sure, no problem. See you at 10:30" was the reply. One of the reasons for requesting this visit was the amazing building project that was presented at the Auckland conference, which would be completed early in 2015. For a 'Fly through' of this project click Project Barcelona to get an idea of this neat learning environment. One of my other reasons was really just to gain some perspective on what learning looks like in a school that is similar to HPSS in so many ways. As it turns out it has been the highlight of my time in Sydney so far.
This building is due for completion in April 2015 and will feature some really cool connected learning environments which will have a focus on Science, Innovation and Partnerships. One strong feature will be a highly 'student-managed' learning component, which will see senior students gain more responsibility and independence as they move into these new spaces. As you can see this project is well nearing completion.
While I liked the learning areas and Maker/design spaces the best was yet to come in the form of an amazingly authentic performance suit, complete with a stage that rivals any real gig venue. Students can walk into this space and become armed and dangerous within minutes. Guitars, keyboards, recording devices, Lighting and Mic's were well setup and ready for action. One could be forgiven for thinking they had just walked into a professional 'band gig setup' or commercial recording studio.
I just want to say a big thanks to @ and the staff at NBCS for the tour. Just the fact that schools can share practice and inspire is an indication that education is changing. I have lots to think about. Have a great Christmas and New Year!!