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New Zealand learning from Lara Secondary

19 May 2017

Last week we hosted Heather Gurrie, the Principal of Te Aroha College in New Zealand. Heather had been referred to our school, as one of three she visited in Victoria, by the educational group Solution Tree Australia. Heather visited classes, along with time spent discussing our “instructional framework” and our ongoing work in developing high quality teacher practice through Robert Marzano’s “Art and Science Teaching” and our increasingly strongly established Professional Learning Community work. Our Assistant Principal, Sarah Foley and Curriculum Innovations leader, Kate Ivermee (pictured) joined Lyn Boyle to share our learnings in these areas and our development of progressive reporting. Heather was very impressed with our work and with our school. She was highly complimentary of the calm and orderly school environment, the high levels of respect and strong relationships obvious between teachers and students, and the intense focus on monitoring student learning in each of the classrooms visited – both in the Middle and Senior Years.