I'm tagging along on the last day of the NZEI Rural Principals Conference in Palmerston North. NZEI President, Frances Nelson, started the day by repeating the message given by Karen Sewell at the beginning of the conference: schools need to look for ways to be more creative with the money that we have and stop looking for more to solve our problems. "Schools told to innovate and quit grizzling" No matter how much money you throw at a 'problem' you will never achieve a silver bullet solution and the best way to move forward is to take an innovative and collaborative approach. I think this is where we need to go as a cluster - how can schools fully support TaraNet & the VLN and achieve sustainability without continually going cap in hand to the MOE. I know there are creative ways to do this "If you had a school of 2000 students what curriculum could you offer" & how could you staff and resource this.
On another note Chris Carter was keynoting as well. His speech was mainly a pep talk, lots of discussion around the budget & questions and answers from the floor.He promoted World Environment Day (WED June 5th) by talking about a VC launch yesterday, of a website aimed at partnering schools globally to participate in WED "Environment website links world's pupils"
Here's a great opportunity for some VC learning opportunities with other schools.