Past Events

Talk and Tour at Knightstream School - Thursday 1st August

Join us for afternoon tea at 3:45pm

Mike Malloy (Principal Knightstream School) will be speaking about his journey to set up Knightstream School 4-5pm

The Effects of Post Disaster Trauma on Children and Families

Professional Learning and Networking Session with School Leaders Network.

24th May 2018

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Dr Kathleen Liberty, Maureen Allan and Liz McNaughton will present their research on the effects post disaster trauma has on our children and families, and the strategies used to calm the biological make up of the student and the environment in which they learn in.

Location: Paparoa Street School

Date: Thursday 24th May

Time: 3:45-5.30pm


3:45pm Drinks and nibbles

4.00-5.00pm Presentation

5.00-5.30 Network and make connections

The registration cost will be $40 per person. Please transfer the appropriate amount using internet banking and use your school name as a reference so we can balance the books!

The bank account is: 123482-0007064-00

Once you have paid the registration fee please click on the link below to let us know you intend to join us so that we can arrange appropriate catering. Registrations close on Monday 21st at 4pm.

Effective (Culturally Responsive) Leadership

24th August 2017

John Leonard - Kaha Education

Culturally responsive practice is often viewed as an extra expectation additional to a teacher or leader’s normal practice, rather than an integrated part of a leader’s approach. The aim of this presentation is to respond to questions and issues identified by the group, and suggest some practical steps that leaders can take to to ensure they are meeting their responsibilities to the profession, to learners, to whānau and to society.

Location: Paparoa Street School

Date: Thursday 24th August

Time: 3:45-5.30pm

Conference 2016

Relationships - Relevance - Rigour

20th May 2016

Venue - Riccarton Raceway

Time 8:30-4pm

Cost - Early Bird $85 (until 18th April)

Full $95 (Closing 29th April

Keynote Speakers:

Mark Osborne

Allison Mooney

Leading Change Effectively

Leading a team or community through change is one of the more challenging aspects of a leadership role, yet it's a skill that is required more and more in schools. This session will explore the latest research into leading change effectively and will provide real-world examples of how the research looks in practice.

About Mark Osborne

Mark is a Senior Advisor who works in Future-Focused Education, particularly in the areas of Modern Learning Environments, Leadership and eLearning. To put it another way, he helps schools and centres build great spaces to learn while helping educators develop the capacity to make the most of those spaces. Mark's personal mission is to turn all schools into awesomeness incubators, and he is currently completing his PhD on change leadership in modern learning environments at the University of Melbourne.

“PRESSING THE RIGHT BUTTONS” © Fostering Intelligent Relationship

Regardless of what organisation we are in, the common thread is that we all deal with people. We may be a wired world, but people skills are imperative, especially in Education Being able to effectively communicate and engage students, parents, community is vital.

Transformation occurs when we understand, respect and celebrate each other’s differences. By understanding what motivates us, we would find greater significance in who we are, and value what we do, resulting in greater productivity.

Allison speaks to this.

This fun, fast paced mind-unzipping presentation will infuse in each attendee the desire to use the concepts of:

The 4 Critical keys of influence effectively

􏰀 Work out what makes people tick.

􏰀 Understand what they really want.

􏰀 See things as they see them. – Speed read them.

􏰀 Communicate in a way that makes them want to listen and respond.

􏰀 Know how to effectively engage people

About Allison

    • SPEAKER OF THE YEAR. 2004, 2005 and 2009 (NSANZ (Auck).

Workshop presenters

Mark Osborne - Leading Effective Change

In this workshop, Mark will explore ideas from his keynote in great depth, particularly focusing on putting them into practice.

Allison Mooney - Pressing the right buttons.

Allison's workshop will work alongside her keynote. Further details soon.

Lois Christmas - How to really lead a collaborative team and know what you are doing and why!

Use the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team (Patrick Lencioni) to know what you are doing when you work collaboratively! In this workshop Lois will support and challenge you to use this model in your everyday interactions as a leader. Learn some important tips for changing your meetings from ‘boring’ to engaging, for working successfully with the whole range of personalities and for digging under that artificial harmony to confront important and difficult issues successfully.

About Lois

Lois Christmas is Director of Lead Learning and an independent consultant to schools. She has worked with over 70 schools in the last five years as a principal appraiser, consultant supporting principal appointments, independent evaluator, coach and facilitator.

Lois' Slides

John Leonard - Culturally Responsive Relationships – A Framework for Engaging with Māori Whānau

The disconnect between Māori whānau and schools is well documented. Unsuccessful experiences may further entrench the cultural dissonance that is likely to marginalise Māori whānau and discourage them from participating in their children’s education. This workshop will explore a frame work based on the Hui Process (Pitama et. al, 2011) that can be implemented by teachers and principals when meeting with Māori whānau to create a space that is more likely to engender positive relationships and trust.

About John

John Leonard (Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Ngararanui) is the past principal of Freeville School where he started a bi-lingual programme that is now thriving as part of the newly formed Rāwhiti School. A graduate of Hoaka Pounamu: The Graduate Diploma of Bi-lingual and Immersion Teaching (2008), in 2010 he was awarded the CPPA Fellowship and visited Hawai’i and Alaska to study their efforts to address culturally responsive practice. John is now co-director of Ihi Research and Development; a company specialising in educational and social research and project management.

Mel Stopford - Engaging Adult Learner

A practical session for engaging diverse learners across your staff/teams. You will take away a range of strategies that you can implement with your teams straight away .

About Mel

Mel works as an education consultant for Evaluation Associates. She works with schools in the following areas:

  • Christchurch Transformation Project – Growing Waitaha
  • Mentoring and coaching school leaders and leadership teams
  • Engaging adult learners – supporting leaders to facilitate highly effective PLD with and for their teams
  • Innovative learning practices
  • Building teams and effective ways of working and talking together
  • Community engagement

Shane Fletcher - High Quality Team work

'Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team' John C. Maxwell

'Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story' Casey Stengel

As we move on from our historic individual structures towards a collaborative model in teaching the importance of understanding what makes a high quality team must be highlighted and promoted. The correlations of effective and efficient teamwork cross over a number of spheres including sports teams or our school 'teams' of staff, students, and parents/caregivers.

About Shane

I have been involved in a variety of management roles in primary schools for the past 18 years. Currently I am lucky enough to be the Principal of Southbrook Primary School in Rangiora. I am also fortunate enough to have been the Manager of the very successful Canterbury ITM Cup rugby team for the past 2 seasons. Both of the 'teams' that I have been involved in have similarities but also challenging differences. I am keen to share the challenges and successes of both environments with you.

Programme Outline:

8:00 - 8:50 Registration

8:50 - 9:00 Welcome

9:00 - 10:00 Keynote 1 Mark Osborne

10:00 - 10:45 Morning Tea

10:45 - 11:30 Workshop 1

11:45 - 12:30 Workshop 2

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 Keynote 2 Alison Mooney

3:00 - 4:00 Drinks and networking

Collaborative teaching and learning environments (MLE's?)

what's it all about? - Neill O'Reilly

Link to Neill's slides

Professional Learning and Networking Session with School Leaders Network.

Neill will present some emerging findings from his research including:

  • Why are we designing schools the way we are and putting holes in walls?
  • Are we co-teaching, team teaching or something else?
  • What are MLP's?
  • Is it a MLE, ILE, ILS, FLS.... or what?
  • Isn't this just open plan schools again and didn't they fail?

and a few other insights about the risks and opportunities as we head into 2016.

If your school is currently transitioning to collaborative practice or thinking about 'why' you will want to hear what Neill's research is saying.

About Neill:

Neill is the Principal of Waitākiri School (merger of Burwood and Windsor). He has been a Principal since 2002 beginning as a teaching Principal at North Loburn School. Neill has since led Clarkville and Windsor Schools. Together with his team Neill has been on an epic journey of change and challenge as the schools merged then went dual site with 800 children, then paradigm shift to collaborative teaching and then a new school!

Neill speaks nationally on a range of topics the latest being collaborative teaching and learning in the modern era.

Thanks to all those who attended our latest event. Please find the link to Cheryl's slides here:

Engaging your school community in the change process.

(4th of June)

We live and work in a rapidly changing environment. As senior leaders of schools we are juggling priorities and working through many changes ourselves, as well as supporting staff in the change process. What time is left to support parents and whanau through the changes? How can we engage with community in ways that honour relationships, consider the future needs of learning and focus on learners as the heart of the matter?

In this provocative and practical presentation Cheryl will ask you to consider three questions:

  1. Who needs to change most - parents or teachers?
  2. How might we support parents and whanau through the change process?
  3. What if our community was our greatest cheerleading team?

Cheryl will explore strategies for success and for coping when change is not embraced! She will use examples from her experiences working with leadership and change in Christchurch and also draw on her international work as a leadership futurist.

Thanks to Lois Christmas for her informative talk to us on managing our complex staff relationships as leaders!

For those who are interested you can download her slides here.

A summary of her references from the presentation is included below!

Fierce Conversations

Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time Susan Scott 2002