What is the Otumoetai COL?
The Otumoetai Community of Learning (COL) includes all of the Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools (including Te Whare Kura O Mauao) in the Otumoetai suburb of Tauranga. The group was formed under the Government’s 2015 Investing in Educational Success strategy.
Why do we need to do this?
COL’s have established to ensure there is a clear educational pathway for children within a community, from ECE through to Year 13. The intention is that by having schools collaborate and work together more closely, then the educational outcomes for our young people can be strengthened. This collaboration happens on many levels from sharing resources to sharing expertise across schools.
Which schools make up the Otumoetai Community of Learning?
Bethlehem Primary, Te Wharekura o Mauao, Brookfield Primary, Bellevue Primary, Otumoetai Primary, Matua Primary, Pillans Point Primary, Otumoetai Intermediate, and Otumoetai College.
How will it affect my children?
Initially the affect on children will not be overly visible. Your child will still come to school and have their teacher, learning in the unique environment of the school they are enrolled in.
It is the teachers within and across schools who will work more closely together to develop better professional understanding in certain areas of teaching practice and curriculum content knowledge. This professional development and learning will impact your children right through their learning journey within the Otumoetai community.
What kinds of things will the Otumoetai COL do?
The COL is in its infancy but is already working on 4 key areas of practice across the 12 schools. These include:
Leading the development of the National Review into Learning Support – The aim of this is to ensure better access to learning support for those children and whanau that need it, in a more timely and simplistic manner.
Development of Oral Language Learning Progressions – It is a known fact that reading and writing are developed on a sea of talk. How we talk to our children and how how they respond is a key developmental stage of their learning. This key area focusses on Year 0-3 children across the Primary schools in our COL
Writing is a key focus in Year 4-13 – Children will write throughout their educational journey in New Zealand. From writing a story, a book review, through to reports, essays and presentations, what we put on paper is essential to sharing our thoughts, ideas and understandings. The aim of the writing focus within the COL is to help our young people communicate with words on paper and set them up for future writing assignments
Connecting with Early Childhood – The earlier we can involve children in the learning process the better. The Otumoetai COL will be working closely with our local ECE centres to support and open the learning pathway for our little people.
Do I need to be involved?
Yes. Along with having a continued interest in your child’s educational future, the key to being involved is by having an understanding of what we are aiming to achieve. Click here to view our Achievement Challenges.
How will all of the schools work together?
Our COL has developed a strategic overview to show how the different people within the organisation will work together.
Are there other COLs outside Otumoetai?
Yes. There are approximately 250 COL’s that have been, or are currently being formed, across New Zealand.
Click on the following link for more information: www.education.govt.nz
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