Open day shares learning methods at primary school on Auckland's North Shore

Glenfield Primary School pupils Nikau Hepi, 10, Darius Hanipale, 10, Arzu Bali, 9 and Shaine Bondad, 9, use tablets and ...
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Glenfield Primary School pupils Nikau Hepi, 10, Darius Hanipale, 10, Arzu Bali, 9 and Shaine Bondad, 9, use tablets and laptops to control a robotic sphere as part of Room 9's robotics lessons.

A primary school on Auckland's North Shore is having an open day to help parents understand their children's education.

Glenfield Primary School will hold the open day on March 29 from 9am to 12.30pm.

Traditionally the domain of private schools and high schools vying for new students, the primary school decided to hold the open day to inform the community about what goes on in the classroom, principal Chris Cooper said.

Glenfield Primary School principal Chris Cooper is looking forward to the open day on March 29.
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Glenfield Primary School principal Chris Cooper is looking forward to the open day on March 29.

"Parents will come along when their kids are on show but we want them to be involved in the learning," she said.

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One unique part of Glenfield Primary School was its diverse ethnic composition, with just 20 per cent of pupils being NZ European/Pākehā. A quarter of the nearly 300 pupils were Filipino, 13 per cent Indian, nine per cent Maori, with other ethnicities including Chinese, Middle Eastern and African.

About 70 pupils speak English as a second language, Cooper said.

The open day will include stands from North Shore Literacy, which provides English lessons, as well as Glenfield Library and the public health nurse, so people could learn more about these services, she said.

The open day will also give an insight into the workings of the classroom, where pupils were expected to set goals for achievements with the Learning Progression Framework, Cooper said.

"It's new to parents' way of thinking, as they think it would be teacher determined, but this is now kids taking responsibility for their own learning."

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Other projects to be showcased include: the school's Garden to Table programme, where year 3 pupils use produce from the garden to cook different recipes; the robotics lessons taught by ICT teacher Scott Hillman; physical education lessons run with the satellite units from Wairau Valley Special School; and projects being worked on using the expertise of an engineer.

The open day will be held at the school grounds on Chivalry Rd and is open to anyone to pop in.

 - Stuff

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