Monday, November 28, 2011

2011 Foundation Photo Memories

Foundation memories 2011
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Photo Memories from 2011.  On sale from the School office in hard copy from 6 November. $10 a copy.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What a Celebration! A significant milestone in the history of Stonefields School. We've hit 100 on PhotoPeach

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Learning Showcase - Highlights 2

Learning Showcase 2 on PhotoPeach But wait there's more! Check out these highlights too.

Learning Showcase

What a wonderful turnout at the Learning Showcase last night. Enjoy some of the highlights. Learning Showcase, September, 2011 on PhotoPeach

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Collaborating - Making a Contribution

How wonderful to see some of our learners making a contribution. See how a group of keen boys got behind Orange Day.

Orange Day from Stonefields School on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Puppets come to the Bug Ball!

The Bug Ball from Stonefields School on Vimeo.

The Bug Ball

What a wonderful way to celebrate the end of some fabulous learning about Science. Have a look at the Bug Ball highlights!

The Bug Ball on PhotoPeach

Stonefields School Cross Country

It was great to see such determination shown at our recent cross country event. Many thanks to the parents who came to support and encourage our runners.

Cross Country Highlights July 2011 on PhotoPeach

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Learner Led Conferences - Highlights 2

And some more Highlights!

Learner Led Conferences - Highlights 2 on PhotoPeach

Learner Led Conferences - Highlights

What a buzz to walk around the learning hubs last night and see our learners confidently sharing their learning with their parents. A goal strategic goal this year is to ensure our students know how they are going and where they are going in the foundation learning areas.

Learner Led Conference Highlights on PhotoPeach

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tree Planting, Day 2 - 11 June

Tree Planting Part 2 on PhotoPeach

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tree Planting at Stonefields School - 10 June

Tree Planting - Day 1, June 10 on PhotoPeachvalue="">

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Learning Highlights

Check out our engaged learners this month. Lots of great progress being made.

Learning Highlights May 2011 on PhotoPeach

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mad Scientist Day

What a blast to see our teachers having as much fun as our students! On Friday we all dressed up as Scientists and enjoyed doing what Scientists do. Students were doing experiments, comparing and sorting all in aid of our terms focus on developing Scientific concepts.

Mad Scientist Day on PhotoPeach

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The X4 - Purposeful Furniture

Our wonderful students and teachers are experimenting with lots of different ways to use the X4. Designed by Cris Degroot and manufactured by Lundia this is a quality piece of furniture that we are just starting to realise its potential.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Miss Gray Gets Married

Miss Gray Gets Married on PhotoPeach

Family Fun at Stonefields School

Family Fun Afternoon on PhotoPeach

Many thanks to our wonderful FOSS Mums for organising all the yummy food!

The Polka Dots come to Stonefields School

Polka Dots - Travelwise Launch on PhotoPeach

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Breaking Through Assembly

Breaking Through Assembly on PhotoPeach

Stonefields School Opening

Stonefields school 1/4/11 on PhotoPeach

Thanks Elizabeth for sending through the gorgeous photos, so neat to relive the highlights of the Official opening.

Believe in yourself!

Stonefields School Students Believe from Stonefields School on Vimeo.

Here is a wee movie we shared with students at our first Break Through assembly. The big message was that the attitude you bring to your learning and self believe is essential in achieving success.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Time Capsule

The Time Capsule is Lowered! on PhotoPeach

Stonefields School is Officially Open

Official Opening on PhotoPeach

Monday, March 7, 2011

Students Make a Contribution

Students Raise Funds for Christchurch on PhotoPeach

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Arty Kids

Arty Kids on PhotoPeach

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Using talents to show case learning!

Brain Rap from Stonefields School on Vimeo.

Great job boys - loved your assembly item.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

What happens in the brain?

Learning hub 1 thinks about their brains on PhotoPeach

Meet Rocky, Peebles, Roxanne and Cliff

Advice on Goal Setting from Stonefields School on Vimeo.

Rocky, Peebles, Roxanne and Cliff think about goal setting

Sunday, February 13, 2011

TV stardome!

Stonefields School gets a mention on TV3 weather. Fast forward to 3:20 seconds!

Stonefields School mentioned on the Weather from Stonefields School on Vimeo.

The environment is coming alive now we have kids!

Learning Environments on PhotoPeach

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Stonefields School is Open! Part 7

Stonefield School Opens - Part 7 on PhotoPeach

Stonefields School is Open! Part 6

Stonefields School Opens Part 6 on PhotoPeach

Stonefields School is Open! Part 5

Stonefields School Opens Part 5 on PhotoPeach

Stonefields School is Open! Part 4

Stonefields School Opening Part 4 on PhotoPeach

Stonefields School is Open! Part 2

Stonefields School Open PT2 on PhotoPeach

Stonefields School is Open!

Stonefields School Opens! on PhotoPeach

What a fabulous day we had on Thursday. There were many smiles as one by one the surprises were revealed.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Knowing what to do when you are stuck!

The Stonefields School staff spent considerable time dialoguing and discussing the necessary dispositions needed for the future. This dialogue was an important one as we wanted to create a shared language that is reinforced throughout the School to actively build each learners Capacity to learn. This dialogue lasted over a number of days and we are pleased with the outcome. There are seven competencies that will be intentional explored and taught to ensure our learners know what to do when they don't know what to do.

They are;
Be determined – push through when the going gets tough
Wonder – to image and be creative
Reflect – Think about my thinking and about how I might improve, what I might do differently next time
Connect – Make connections
Question – Ask questions
Se Self Aware – Grow an understanding of how I best learn, what my strengths are
Think – grow thinking skills and tools to solve problems and make informed decisions

One of our teachers spent the day videoing learners to capture their thoughts about what makes a good learner a good learner. From our baseline we can see we have some work to do. Having interviewed hundreds of students using similar questions the responses are quite disturbing as often children will say ‘I don’t know’, ‘pick up rubbish’, ‘do what the teacher says’, ‘sit quietly on the mat’, and ‘listen’. Deep and engaging learning is not about being passive or being good, it is about engaging and knowing what to do when you are stuck in your learning. We look forward to focusing deeply in the next few weeks on ensuring our learners understand more deeply what it is to be an effective learner.

They journey begins.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Learning - The bottom line!

There has been lots of dialogue amongst staff in the last week or so about how to cause/activate learning and ensure as Guy Claxton so beautifully puts it 'get as much learning juice possible out'.
The learning design is two fold or better termed split screen. The design of the workshop (small group) teaching session where as much (sweet) juice as possible is packed into the experience so that the potential for gaining the goodness from the juice squeezed out. Graeme Atkin's question "How do I know my students need this learning at this time" is a superb question and has been asked many times as we reflect, critique and think about how learning is going to be designed and activated at Stonefields School.
The other side of the screen is ensuring learners are involved in worthwhile, rigorous learning experiences when not involved in a workshop with a teacher. Our inquiry/learning model is proving powerful at helping us design learning at stages beyond building knowledge. The thinking required to make meaning and apply understandings is what we want students to be involved in to develop the necessary thinking and powerful learning skills.

Exciting times - the journey is a privilege.

How do we pack as much juice in - how do we enable learners to get as much learning juice out?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Blackberry Is Not Working

My Blackberry Is Not Working

Thanks for the link Wendy, had a great giggle with our staff!