Register for the 9 March Breakfast Session – Te Reo: Acknowledging and Celebrating

Register here:   Registration form

The first Loop Breakfast Session for the year will be on 9 March, at Aotea College.  Come along and hear about initiatives happening in other Wellington schools that acknowledge and celebrate Te Reo.   Ask questions, discuss your ideas, be encouraged in your efforts, learn from each other, and take home some ideas to build on.  At this session, we’ll hear from:

    • Aotea College: “Te Reo – A Daily Practice” including experiences around the upskilling of teachers, a focus on the authenticity of names, and collaborating with local iwi
    • Wellington East Girls’ College: “Kai and Korero” is a lunchtime initiative where staff come together to learn some te reo and tikanga Māori
    • Wellington Girls’ College: “Compulsory Te Reo; and our Te Tiriti Advisor” – hear about these two initiatives


The session will be a series of short presentations with time for questions, answers and discussion.  Light breakfast refreshments provided.  Staff from any Loop school are welcome to attend this session.  Attendance is free.  


Save the date! Loop Breakfast Sessions for 2018

The Loop is excited to announce a series of Breakfast Sessions for 2018 with the theme: “Supporting Diversity: Language, Culture, Identity.”  Each session will have it’s own special focus, so there’s one here that will interest you! Now is the time to save these dates in your diary:

Te Reo – Friday 9 March, 7.30 – 9.00am  Register here

Celebrating different cultures – Friday 18 May, 7.30 – 9.00am

Inclusive practices in learning – Friday 10 August, 7.30-9.00am

Acknowledging diverse identities – Friday 16 Nov, 7.30-9.00am

More details to come early in Term 1, 2018.  Keep an eye out for them here on the website and through messages via your school’s PLD Co-ordinator.

Loop Breakfast challenges ‘big ideas’ and puts student needs at the forefront of change

“Start with what’s in our schools, not with the desperate urgency of the tech industry,” suggested Karen Spencer to the representatives of six Loop schools who attended a Breakfast Session at WHS last week.  “Let’s use who our young people are as the jumping off point for what we do.”

Karen Spencer Loop Breakfast

In a session targeting ‘what really matters’ and challenging some of the big ideas of change discourse, Wellington High School DP Karen Spencer gave a thought provoking presentation that put students and the achievement of equity at the centre of change processes, and the key competencies at the forefront of what our students really need.  Karen’s presentation was supported by significant change stories from Wellington Girls College, Hutt Valley High School and Aotea College.

Take a look here at Karen’s presentation:

Karen Spencer: Avoid Solutionitis and Focus on What Really Matters

And here’s Karen’s Innovation Framework: Karen Spencer: Innovation Framework

You can also connect direct with Karen via her blog:


Loop membership packages for 2018

Details of our membership packages for 2018 are now available and we encourage schools to let us know by 30 October 2017 if they wish to take up membership.

Click here for details of the secondary school membership package: 2018 Secondary School Membership

Click here for details of the primary school membership package: 2018 Primary School Membership

If you have any questions, please email our Operations Manager:

Avoid Solutionitis! Come to Breakfast with the Loop – Tues 24 Oct

Led by Karen Spencer, our next Breakfast Session will be at Wellington High School on 24 October, 7.30am and all staff in Loop schools are invited.  Register here.

We are regularly told that the world is changing fast, that jobs are evaporating and that we must radically alter the way we prepare our students for the future. Surrounded as we are with a multitude of competing ‘solutions’, how do we sift through the buzzwords and (re)focus on what is most likely to make a difference in our own communities?  At this session we will:

  • tackle some of the ‘change messaging’ head on
  • focus on our curriculum as a blueprint for planning
  • explore ways to approach future development that will help us hold the line on what’s important, both in school and across the Loop.