Friday, August 13, 2010
Te Kura o Makarika
Now how is this for a view from your classroom window! I met the most marvellous principal today, Beris Brew at Te Kura o Makarika. She told us fascinating tales of struggling to get her school fixed and teaching classes in an abandoned woolshed. We met some amazing students who are spending a day a week learning in the local marae researching their whakapapa, connections to the area, and issues of conservation. We had to drive over two hours from Gisborne to this tiny school in the back of beyond, and when we got there we were told a story of a school working with the new curriculum to create a local curriculum to serve the needs of the community and put students at the heart of the matter. Wow.