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

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:

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 (  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 (

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.

Applications for 2014 CORE eFellows close 13 September

Late in Term 2 (2013) Michael Winter (CORE Education) flew up from Christchurch to talk to the Wellington Loop about the CORE eFellowships.  These awards are available to any educator in New Zealand.
eFellows complete teacher inquiry and present on their research.  This can be in the EdGazette or presenting at a conference like ULearn.  The focus of the research should be teaching and learning, despite the ‘e’ in the title of the fellowship.
Previous recipients have been Paula Eskett and Anne Keneally.  Paula used the year to examine the effect of apps on student engagement.  Anne researched the effect of student-led learning.
Additional details can be found on the CORE Education website. 2014 eFellowship applications close on 13 September.
Pushing the boundaries of educational possibility

Design thinking workshop

Last weekend students from the Wellington Loop schools had a chance to help solve problems facing Wellington’s environment. The special three-day Design Thinking Workshop was organised by Wellington City Council with support from Massey University.

The workshop saw around 20 design-savvy students join small interdisciplinary teams to create design concepts which will educate the public about our stormwater system and help prevent its contamination. This is a major problem for local ecosystems including our harbour.

The students worked side-by-side with professional designers to develop their concepts before pitching them to a panel of creative, business, and political stakeholders.

i like i wonder – Event #3

“Hack Your Learning” by Steve Hargadon | Wednesday 13th March, 4-6pm

ur third event for the Wellington creative leadership and innovators—book now, as only thirty attendees spots available:

steve hargadonThis active workshop/conversation is designed to help you better take charge of your own learning. The Internet and social media are opening new doors for initiatives, creation, creativity, participation, and collaboration—and yet most of us carry ideas about learning that were formed in factory-model schooling and often have little relevance to when and how true learning takes place.

For more details click here.

The Wellington Loop Facilitators

The Wellington Loop has three facilitators this year to help schools with their PD and technical requirements.

Alex Perry
eLearning Facilitator

My focus is on providing quality ‘In school’ PD to Loop schools. The PD will be planned based on the needs of the school, will be delivered on site, and followed up with group and individual support and visits where needed.

Possible PD themes:

  • ‘The implementation of BYOD from the pedagogy perspective’,
  • ‘Digital Citizenship’,
  • ‘eLearning Planning Framework’…
  • “Making the most of Moodle”

Who will I work with? I am keen to work with whole staff, small groups and individual teachers, to develop eLearning capabilities, and ability to then share that knowledge with their colleagues.

PD delivery could be as a presentation, small group workshop, individual tutorials and mentoring…..

Please contact me to make a time to meet and discuss your staffs needs this term.

Calum McGonigle
eLearning Facilitator

My focus is on organising group meetings and speaker sessions. I will also liaise with external agencies (Netsafe, Creative Commons, WCC etc.) that can offer our schools opportunities.

Helen and I will organise the Technical meetings and will be working with Technical partners to try and offer schools better pricing and service. We have four VLN teachers across the Loop. I will provide set up support to them. Currently I am providing administration support for the Loop Steering and Trustee meetings.

I will support Alex with in school PD.

Please contact me to with any ideas you have.

Helen Jones
Technology Facilitator

My Focus is on helping schools make the best of their ICT systems.  I will help schools source & investigating new technology solutions, and help them with the best way to implement these changes into their school.

Possible ICT Projects across the Wellington:

  • Hapara Teacher Dashboard for schools using Google drive
  • Ruckus Wireless
    • implementation of Ruckus Wireless admin and logging tools
    • sourcing of hardware for schools
  • ICT asset management software for the auditing of hardware and software
  • Centralised solution for storing multimedia content in the cloud for schools

I will works closely with both Alex and Calum to help school get and use the technology they need.

Please contact me if you require any technical help

i like i wonder

I Like I Wonder is a new monthly event for innovators and creatives in Wellington. Organised by DK.

I Like I Wonder events are about gaining creative wisdom from visiting international speakers through not just listening but by applying your new found insights in a hands-on workshop which follows. The workshops focus is on creating content, extending thoughts, heightening interactions, disrupting models, challenging paradigms, all within a inventive space and through facilitated conversations.

Numbers are kept small to ensure a quality experience—this is not a money making exercise but a exploration of creativity with exclusive groups of like-minded folks.

For more detail and booking information going to the I Like I Wonder website.

ULearn 2012

The ULearn12 programme is structured around three key themes focusing on aspects of learning and leading. The three themes include Collaboration, Innovation, and Education. The event is being held at SkyCity Convention in Auckland from 10-12 October. With over with over 1450 delegates attending 300 workshops, and world renowned keynotes.

The Wellington Loop has 28 delegates attending ULearn 2012 in Auckland.  The Wellington Loop delegates are looking forward to the colbaration experience.