Register here – Loop Breakfast – Celebrating Different Cultures

Come and join us for the next Loop Breakfast, 18 May, 7.30am – 9.00am at St Patrick’s College, Kilbirnie.  This event is free of charge for staff of Loop schools.

Registration Form: 18 May Loop Breakfast – Celebrating Different Cultures

The session will be a series of short presentations with time for questions, answers and discussion.  At this session, we will hear from:

Hutt Valley High School – initiatives to raise engagement and reduce isolation for young Māori men: an activity programme developed around key te Ao Maori concepts and whakatauki involving both traditional and non-traditional activities (e.g. carving and graffiti), with a tuakana teina model for mentoring junior boys running alongside.

Tawa College – to mark Samoan Independence Day, and in conjunction with the Northern Polyfest, senior Samoan students (supported by staff) initiated, developed and organised a day of celebration involving music, performance and food.  A story of student agency, cooperation across levels, and celebration.

St Patrick’s Collegewhat does effective engagement of Pasifika families & communities look like? A teacher and a former student will share how St Pats is working to engage Pasifika families, including a home-school partnership initiative and reflections on how to build positive relationships with Pasifika parents to support them to help their sons with learning and achievement.

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  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:


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.