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.

PD for term 4

Here is a quick overview of the PD we have locked in for this term:

-DK (ex CORE education / social media expert) on Automating Social Media use: Thu Nov 8  10:00am – 11:30am
-MyPortfolio hands on session with Pascale (MyPortfolio trainer): Tue Nov 20  9:30am – 3:00pm
-ICT leaders get together: Tue Nov 27 12:30pm – 2:30pm

There may be some other sessions also (but they are not confirmed) i.e. We are looking at getting Fronde in to talk about Chromebooks, Chrissie Butler is planning to work with the Learning Support Teachers and Microsoft are planning to do some training on 365 / Onenote etc.

For more information on these sessions talk to your DP / Loop trustee or contact Calum.

The Wellington Loop to meet with Celia Wade-Brown

In the spirt of collaboration The Wellington Loop has been invited to meet with Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown to discuss how the Wellington City Council can work together with schools in the Wellington region.

The Wellington City Council was integral to the inception of the Wellington Loop and it is a wonderful opportunity to renew this relationship.

The Wellington Loop is meeting with Celia Wade-Brown on Tuesday the 25th of September.

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.


Catalyst Open Source Academy

Some of you may be aware of the Catalyst Open Source Academy.  For those that do, the 2013 Academy will be the two weeks of January 7th to 18th and we are accepting Applications / Expressions of Interest now.

For those that haven’t heard of the Academy, it is two weeks of introducing Open Source technologies and projects to Secondary School Students.  We want to get students excited by what they can do and what they can contribute to the various community driven Open Source projects that exist.

The first week consists of tutorial sessions covering the various open source tools that will be used as part of the second week of the Academy when we have them working on an Open Source project.

They start out installing Ubuntu onto a laptop, then they work through subjects such as My First Server, How the Web Works, Four Freedoms, PostgreSQL Databases, Graphics with The GIMP and Inkscape, PHP, Event Driven Programming, Java for Android.

The ultimate goal is to teach the students enough to be able to guide them through the process of making a public contribution to an Open Source project, something they can point to and say ‘this is what I did’.  Previous projects students have contributed to have been Koha, Mahara, Drupal, DAViCAl, ACal, Map of CPAN.  Probably the biggest success has been Koha, with a couple of this year’s students continuing with some regular contributions.

So if you know of any students in their last couple of years of school that are interested in technology and could gain something from spending some time learning from the developers at NZ’s largest Open Source company, get them to head to and download the Brochure for the 2013 Academy fill it out and get it back to us.

Keep an eye on the Academy web page at for any further updates, follow us on Twitter

ICT PD Term 4 2012

The Wellngton Loop has some great opportunities to connect and share innovation during professional development events in Term 4 on:

  • My Portfolio – How your languages department can make better use of MyPorfolio in the classroom.
  • Social Media – How Wellington East Girls College is using Facebook.
  • Microsoft Products – What Microsoft offers schools for free, from tools in the classroom through to server based products to help your school technician streamline their ICT infrastructure.
  • e-learning leaders – the e-learning staff from each Wellington Loop school will get together to discuss their year and to start planning for 2012.
  • PD for 2013 – Focus group on what PD The Wellington Loop will be giving for 2013.

Keep an eye out for these events and if you want to know more about any of these upcoming events, or how you can be a part of the Wellington Loop then get in touch!

Actively supporting the transformative power of collaboration


The Loop is a learning community that actively supports schools and teachers to connect, innovate and collaborate together in the digital age.  Through conferences, forums, breakfast sessions and with projects and networks supported by our staff, we provide a platform for shared learning and innovation.  Eleven secondary schools and three primary schools in the Wellington area are already collaborating and learning from each other through the Loop.  Get in touch and become part of the Wellington Loop.