LoopEd 2018 is coming….

Here at the Loop we’re getting really excited about this year’s LoopEd Conference for teachers (Friday 1 June) as we put together a fantastic and varied programme of breakout sessions that will offer something for everyone.

If you’re keen to lead a session at LoopEd this year, please talk to your school’s PL Coordinator as soon as possible and get your Presenter Registration in.

Registrations for teachers attending the conference will be open in early May.  You’ll be notified by your school’s PL Coordinator when registrations open.  When you get that notification, register early to have the widest choice of breakout sessions.  Our most popular sessions will fill very fast!

Thank you to Aotea, WEGC and WGC… for celebrating Te Reo with the Loop

A big thank you goes from the Loop to the schools that presented their stories at the first Breakfast session of the year last Friday.   Aotea College (Kathleen Kaveney and Jamie O’Connor), Wellington East Girls’ College (Ricky Prebble) and Wellington Girls’ College (Melissa Denzler) shared some of their experiences and initiatives around acknowledging and celebrating Te Reo in their schools. Feedback from the eight Loop schools that attended the Breakfast tells us that this sharing of experiences and having the opportunity to discuss and collaborate across schools is tremendously valuable.

If you didn’t have the chance to attend, you can access two of the presentations from the session here:

And if you work in a Loop school, you’re very welcome to attend our next Breakfast session on Friday 18 May at St Patricks’ College in Kilbirnie.  The focus of the session will be ‘Celebrating Different Cultures’.  Contact your school PL Coordinator for more details, or email robyn@wellingtonloop.net.nz.  See you there.

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 

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: karenmelhuishspencer.com


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: robyn@wellingtonloop.net.nz

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.

Appointment of new Trustees

Congratulations to the four new Trustees who have recently been appointed to the Wellington Loop Trust. We are pleased to welcome Gael Ashworth, Richard Gale, Denise Johnson and Louise Starkey as Trustees. Each has valuable skills and experience to contribute and we look forward to working together with them. They will take up their appointments in October 2016.

We want to acknowledge and thank the outgoing Trustees for their years of service to the Loop. Sally Haughton, Helen Jones, Ross Hampton and Allan Sylvester have all made significant contributions to the work and development of the Loop and to our wider collaborative community.

Call for new Trustee nominations

Trustee Vacancies

The Wellington Loop Trust is currently seeking nominations for three Trustee vacancies. Nominations will close at 4pm on Friday 5 August.

Who can be nominated as a Trustee?
Nominees for the role of Trustee need to have experience and interest in the following areas: collaborative learning, governance and financial control, strategic planning, digital technologies and education. There is no requirement for Trustees to be employees of member schools. It is important to note that Trustees do not act as representatives of any particular school but rather act in the best interests of the Trust and the wider education community.

The term of appointment for each Trustee is three years.

Nomination and appointment process
Self-nomination is expected.

Nominations close at 4pm, Friday 5 August and should be forwarded electronically, using the appropriate form below, to Robyn McInnes, Operations Manager, Wellington Loop Trust at robyn@wellingtonloop.net.nz

Following the close of nominations, new Trustees will be appointed by the Principals of the member schools of the Wellington Loop Trust, acting together in their capacity as the Electoral College of the Trust. Once appointed, Trustees are expected to attend monthly meetings and fully engage in the governance and work of the Trust.

Additional information for prospective nominees
In considering the role of Trustee, please ensure that you look at:

  • the Trust Deed of the Wellington Loop Trust (click here)
  • nomination form (click here)
  • this website

If further information is required, prospective nominees are also welcome to email: robyn@wellingtonloop.net.nz

Looped 2016

The annual Loop Conference (LoopEd) will be held on Friday 3 June, 2016 at Wellington High School.

Conference update April 2016
Planning is well underway for a very exciting conference on June 3rd! Upwards of 13 schools, 700 teaching professionals, and 70+ presenters from within schools and the wider professional community will meet to share their expertise and enthusiasm around our theme of Connection, Collaboration, Courage.

Presentations already signed up range from critical thinking and philosophy through to collaborative science investigation and flipped classrooms.

We have a wonderful keynote speaker who is sure to challenge and stimulate; discussions are sure to go on throughout the 3 sessions sustained by a lovely variety of food provided by the Tussock Cafe!

Additional updates will be posted as time goes by, about once a month.

And if you have not yet signed up to be a presenter, talk to the Loop representative in your school; we hope to have all presenters organised by April 8th!

Google in Education Summit Registrations Open

Google in Education Summit registrations are now open.  EdTech NZ and CORE Education are organising two events for 2014, one in the North Island and one in the South Island.

This high intensity two day event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The programme features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, Google engineers, and representatives from the Google education teams.

The summits produced by the EdTechTeam are scheduled for the first school holidays.  The first annual Google in Education New Zealand South Island Summit will be held at Burnside High School on April 23 & 24, 2014. The second annual Google in Education New Zealand North Island Summit will be held at Albany Senior High on April 29 & 30, 2014.

Register for both here! 

Register now for early bird rates.

AGM 2013

The Wellington Loop AGM will be held on 4 December 2013, at 4.30 pm at Wellington East Girls’ College, Room 71.

Items on the agenda include the selection of new Trustees and a new Chair.

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, please contact Calum McGonigle (calum.mcgonigle@gmail.com).  Be quick, applications close Friday, 29 November 2013, at 5 pm.

New Trust Deed

The Wellington Loop Trust Deed has been revised and submitted for approval to the Charities Commission.

The most important change to the deed assigns the principals of Wellington Loop schools as the Electoral College for the Loop, rather than the principals from the Greater Wellington Secondary Schools Principals’ Association.
The approval of the new Trust Deed will enable new Trustees and a new Chair to be elected.  If you are interested in details of these roles, please contact Calum McGonigle (calum.mcgonigle@gmail.com).

Wellington Loop teacher chosen as CORE eFellow for 2014

Ben smallThe CORE Education eFellows for 2014 have been announced at the recent ULearn13 conference, held in Hamilton from 9-11 October.  Ben Britton (Wellington High School) has been selected as one of seven eFellows for next year.  Ben will be focusing on the use of 3D printers in the classroom.

The CORE Education eFellowship recognises innovative e-learning practice by New Zealand teachers, and provides a full year of mentoring and inspiration as those selected undertake further inquiries into e-learning in their own classrooms. The seven eFellows selected this year join a group of nearly 80 lifetime members, in a Fellowship that has been steadily growing since the programme’s inception in 2004.

“The idea of the eFellowship is to celebrate excellence in e-learning leadership and practice, and to give busy teachers the space, time, and collegial support to follow a line of inquiry into e-learning they are passionate about”, says CORE Education Senior Researcher and eFellowship coordinator Dr Michael Winter. With over 40 applications this year, he and the selection committee are excited about the variety of classroom research that will take place in 2014, including inquiries into the use of 3D printers and new entrant Modern Learning Environments. “It is hoped that we will continue to see a diverse range of eFellow applications in the future”, says Dr Winter, “especially from Māori and Pasifika, early childhood education, and assistive technology sectors”.

The other eFellows for 2014 are Tim Gander, Vicki Hagenaars, Bec Power, Anne-Louise Robertson, Rowan Taigel, and Marnel van der Spuy.
 Additional information about the eFellowship and the other eFellows for 2014 can be found at the CORE Education website.