What an exciting few months we’ve had on the road meeting with all of you passionate people who care deeply about the future of our ākonga. We’ve travelled the country participating in the NZ School Trustees Association Annual Conference in Rotorua, took part in New Era’s ‘Head’s Up’ tour in Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch, plus attended the biggest tech event of the year- the Interface Xpo in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland where our head of Education and Engagement Greg Duff presented on how we can help keep ākonga safe online.
After speaking with you, our team from all parts of the business – School Relationship Managers, Helpdesk and Engineering – came back with really informative and insightful information. Feedback helps us to continue to provide the right support to schools, kura, and kaiako – which is at the heart of everything we do!
These events gave us opportunities to engage face to face with everyone in the industry, from teachers and IT providers, through to trustees and whānau. We get the ability to hear from schools and kura about what technology topics and challenges are top of mind, with targeted discussions on how we can better support schools to get the most out of their Wi-Fi upgrade or Safe & Secure Internet. Our purpose is to continue to deliver on our promise, to support all ākonga to learn safely online, so educators can focus on teaching and student learning.
And while all this was going on, we had the pleasure of giving away lots of fun prizes and merchandise, so here’s a special shout out to our morning tea winners who enjoyed a $250 morning tea for their school.
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Matai,
Bay of Plenty
Hurunui College, Christchurch
Kairanga School, Palmerston North
Mission Heights Junior College, Auckland
And lastly, a huge congratulations to Penny Jones from Pinehaven School in Upper Hutt, our Interface Xpo grand prize winner who received a Mega Connect 4 game for her school. We can’t wait to see the photos of the kids enjoying this!
Thanks to everyone who swung by to have a chat! We have a few more events in the pipeline this year, so check them out below – we hope to see you there!
If you have any feedback on past or upcoming events, we’d love to hear your thoughts! You can flick us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NZ Principals’ Federation Conference 2021,
2 – 4 August, Rotorua Events Centre
The New Zealand Principals’ Federation represents principals from the education sector Providing support and a professional voice for members throughout New Zealand.
They have chosen the title Power, Passion, Pace; Pai tu Pai hinga! Whakamaua kia tina! for this conference. This signifies a need to renew, refresh and move ahead after an unusually fragmented year in 2020.
National Association of Secondary Deputy and Assistant Principals Conference 2021
9 -11 August, Te Pae Christchurch Town Hall
Take some time for your professional self and join the NASDAP in the heart of Christchurch for the biennial NASDAP Conference!
There are many reasons for deputy and assistant principals to come together but none more important than the opportunity to Reflect, Reconnect, and Rejuvenate.
Beginning Principals National Hui,
5 -7 October, Cordis Hotel, Auckland
The programme includes a mixture of keynotes and workshops around the theme of Wayfinding Leadership which is a Te Ao Maori lens on leadership using a traditional navigation framework. ‘Wayfinding Leadership’ – Ground-breaking wisdom for developing leaders. Dr Chellie Spiller, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, and John Panoho. Huia Publishers – 2015.
The keynote speakers include; Kingi Kiriona, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, Ian Taylor, Alexia Hilbertidou, Perry Rush, Tofiga Fepulea’I and TBC Jennifer Leyland-Ward. We are also hopeful that Minister of Education will be able to make the opening address. There will also be workshops that will support the theme and keynotes.