After an epic day of moving, throwing things away and pulling our hair out we moved Rūma Tahi and Rua (and The Bit!) into the hall. I am so impressed with all of our helpers today – Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
When the students arrived in to their learning space they were blown away!
“Wow! It feels like my home in here!”
“I really like the view!”
“It is so comfy in here!”
“I can make snow angels on the carpet!”
And I just realised how many exclamation marks I used….But I think this post deserves them 🙂
Part of our renovation work includes re-roofing the Clearlite section (the verandah) outside Rūma Toru, Waru and Iwa (Rms 3, 8 and 9) but this work is not expected to interrupt teaching and learning time.
We have been working with the Junior Pod students to see what they think about the ideas we have for the refurbishment of the classrooms. We took them over the Rūma Wha and Rima for a hui and had them explore the space for while, then we asked them a couple of questions:
Do you like these classrooms? To which 92% of the students said yes (45 out of the 49 students surveyed)
Is the classroom comfortable? To which 90% of the students responded with yes. 10% of the pod said no to this question.
What is interesting to note was that these were not the same group that that said no to the first question. Suggesting that they were listening and thinking about the questions being asked.
We will be moving the Rūma Tahi and Rūma Rua students into the hall for the duration of this building project.
Our plan is to situate the Junior Pod in one space, using the same teaching and learning strategies that they are used to now, so that we cause the smallest amount of disruption for the students (and teachers!)
Can YOU help us out? I would really like to put some large mats and carpet down in the hall. Do you have access to any that we could use? Email me if you do.
This will have a flow on effect of course. Community groups who are booked into the hall, including Before School Care and the YMCA will be moved out and our assemblies will need to be thought through.
I am really excited to be sharing the blog with you, and the journey we are on with our renovation work for Rūma Tahi and Rua. I am excited because the work, once completed, will allow our students the opportunity to work and learn in a comfortable, up-to-date learning environment that is purpose built to meet the teaching and learning needs of students in 2019 and beyond.
These new spaces will allow us the flexible use of the space and provide a warm, quiet environment for students to learn in.
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