To enable them to:
Each school has held at least two home school partnerships this year focussing on goals of the Manaiakalani project. Although a significant proportion of our parents have limited experience in this area, their willingness to engage has been very evident. Perhaps the biggest statement of interest and support from our parent community is that we have not had one family object to their child/ren participating in the netbook programme across our cluster schools.
Hui have been held each term and the overall goals of the cluster have been presented as reminders. Then the current project of work (ie rolling out the netbooks across the pilot classes) has been presented and discussed. In most schools the principal, key teachers, facilitators and the researcher have participated.
Parents have been warmly invited to question, to offer opinion and to co-construct procedures, processes and solutions.
NB: Context for this resource is provided in the reflective summary here...
As well as the work described above continuing each term, prior to the netbooks going home with the students at night the parents have all attended at least one hui where the 'Kawa of Care' was discussed and parents were given the opportunity to talk through their concerns and questions.
The document which formed the basis of the discussions and they signed before taking the netbooks home, is available here:
Parent engagement with the online work shared by their children continues - within the bounds of their whanau access to computers. Parents enjoy leaving feedback/feedforward.
Examples such as this:
Year 6 girl from St Pius X school - whanau comments on her blog posts
Year 4 student at Glenbrae School - whanau comments on class blog
Year 5 girl at Pt England School - Mother makes amusing comment
Parents have attended home school partnership hui to engage with the process around their children owning a netbook of their own. Two examples are embedded below:
Panmure Bridge School
Home School Partnership - Netbook hui
*Update: November 2011*
Year 9 Tamaki College
Whanau Hui to discuss Kawa of Care and other netbook issues
Pt England School "Kawa of Care" Hui
In response to parent request for more formal training programmes to upskill we have entered discussions with Te Puna Kokiri who have agreed to fund a whanau engagement programme for Manaiakalani.
These are the outcomes we are working towards with TPK:
We have had verbal approval for funding and support from TPK towork towards these goals and are awaiting written confirmation at the time of writing.
On September 30th the Manaiakalani Education Trust entered into a formal partnership for one year with Te Puni Kokiri. TPK agreed to support these goals:
The trust has employed Courtney Brown ( a local student, ex head girl of Tamaki College, graduating from University) to take up the role of whanau engagement within the Manaiakalani schools. She will be working with parents and the Manaiakalani teachers aides (university students).
The trust has appointed Anita Sarich to work with the parents from January 2012 to develop financial literacy and support the school admin staff as they work with parents and the Trust.
This video is of the TPK representatives signing the partnership agreement with the Manaiakalani Education Trust on September 30th 2012