Teachers get early start to year

SONIA BEAL
Last updated 16:24 29/01/2013

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Primary and secondary school teachers in Marlborough have been busy prepping for their first day of the school year.

While all three secondary schools in the region officially start this week, the start-date for primary schools is staggered from today until the middle of next week.

Teachers have been at school leading up to the beginning of the first term, setting up classrooms, finalising teaching plans and attending teacher-only days.

Riverlands School year 4 and 5 teacher Kat Murdoch, who was at the school teacher-only day yesterday, said she was looking forward to meeting and getting to know the 26 pupils she will have in her classroom this year.

Miss Murdoch marks her fifth year teaching as one of two new teachers to be welcomed at the school.

Riverlands School principal Dave Parsons said they had a teacher-only day yesterday for their 10 fulltime teachers.

These days were a chance to brief staff about the coming year.

"Teachers have been in and out over the past fortnight setting up informally for the year ahead.

"But this is more a formal day they need to be here for. It's a lot of small stuff - it's all about getting everyone together."

Among the information passed on to staff were goals, expectations and curriculum emphasis, which was on e-learning this year for the school.

Each class had been given two of 20 iPads bought with school fundraising, Mr Parsons said.

"It ties in with our focus this year on e-learning."

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- The Marlborough Express

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