Amuri Area School

amuriToday I visited Amuri Area School, which is about an hour and a half north west of Christchurch.  I spent the day their discussing the needs of the school with the principal, Neil, talking to the distance learning site supervisor, getting a couple of keen teachers ready to join the elearning team, and finally meeting the whole staff after school.

It was an extremely worthwhile day and I came out of it with some real insights into what the school needs.

Unfortunately Amuri only has two students in the distance learning programme, because the courses available simply didn’t meet the needs of the students.  This meant that some students are doing corrspondence rather than one of our courses.  As I have mentioned before, this is one of the issues we need to solve.

Neil is especially keen on the idea of collaboration.  Amuri is a small school, so any linking of sole charge TICs, curriculum areas and opportunities for NCEA moderation can only benefit.  They have a gifted and talented programme running and would like the chance to take part in cluster wide opportunities in this area.  I’m sure this is something other area schools will be interested in as well.  It is just a matter of finding where the expertise is within the cluster and harnessing in.

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