Term 2 wow! the holidays went by without any disasters and I”m pleased to be back at work all recharged and ready to go. The students have returned full of energy and seem excited to start another term. I’m looking forward to see what challenges and also what achievements myself personally and the success of the students I work with come across this term.

Today was the kick off for Big Projects and I am feeling really pumped about it. Looks like there will be something interesting for everyone.


The rapid waters of term one are nearly at an end. This journey has been one of many things for me. I have had some professional highs such as working with the most amazing team. I have completed my first Critical Friend, learnt new technology, Spiral of Inquiry and generally have a feeling of having some impact on students learning. My confidence in myself has grown also along with my outlook on my ability to make a difference. It has been so nice to see all the year 9 students come into our school looking very timid and now are making their way around with confidence. It is lovely to walk down the hall and have students saying good morning and inquiring on how you are.

Big Projects has been yet again a very busy and exciting time. I am really looking forward to the Come Fly with Me day on Sunday. The students as usual at HPSS have work extremely had and their work is of a very high standard for the community event. I’m sure will be really great. Great way to end the term.





Last week I worked with a student that I spent most of last year with. She is on a Pathway program at school this year and was having trouble finding a company in the industry she would like to work in. I helped her construct a letter to send off to some companies. The next day she contacted me with a total success story. The first company on our list got back to her with the response of they would love to take her on a couple of days a week. It is so rewarding to see a student find a direction and opportunity to move on that direction. I do wish this student the best of luck and look forward to the stories that they will share.

Shave for a Cure

On Friday I had the privilege of shaving off the hair of two of my team members at work. It was a lot of fun for a very serious cause. I feel so lucky to work with such strong and caring ladies. You guys ROCKshave_share_1200x630

Busy Times

Have been so busy lately that I haven’t been on my blog for a while. Have lots of new things happening that I need to feel my way with. They have challenged me quit a bit but I am enjoying the experience so much. Sometimes as we get older we can find we get into a comfortable place and just stay there. I’m not talking about a physical place but rather the comfortable routines we get into. We tend to choose activities that we are familiar with and know we will succeed at but is that really giving us satisfaction? I used to think it did but how wrong was I. I have found that I feel more alive and also much stronger with just pushing my boundaries with learning new things. It makes you want everyone to feel that.


The Good,Bad and Awesome

Being part of the supported learning team is an extremely interesting job. Your day is a bit like the Auckland weather, you can get 4 seasons in one day.

Last week I was in a module that had such a great buzz to it that it was infectious. The teachers and students made me feel useful and very welcome. This week so far I have had a mixed bag to the start of my week. The  class I was in for the start of the day, seemed to think that I would be their joke for the morning. These are the days that you do question why you do this job. You then move onto another area and again feel your need which really does make a difference to my day. I do love my job and the variety that it gives me.

I have  sons who are both struggling learners so I understand how the kids feel and that they don’t want to be seen as different.

My youngest son has had to deal with a huge amount of change starting his high school years. He has had to deal with environment,work,social changes and has coped with this extremely well considering his challenges. Last night  while he was trying to understand some maths work that has been completely stressing him out because it so way above his level, I was reminded of why I chose to become a teacher aide. The kids we work with have to work 100 times harder than others and sometimes still don’t get things this doesn’t mean they won’t get it but they may take bit longer.  For people that don’t struggle we can tend to forget that not everyone gets things easily.

As a mum I had a very proud moment when my eldest son came in and sat with his very upset brother and stressed out mum. He asked me what it was I was trying to get his brother to understand. He then sat with him for a long time and finally he was able to get him to see what it was that he to do. Both my boys both have dyslexia which affects them in different ways.It was so heart warming to know that they can bounce off each other but also a reminder that teaching isn’t always about being at a top level. Its about understanding and achieving at your level. That’s success !

First day back at work today. The school had a real buzz about it, kids excited to see each other after the holidays and the news looking a little lost but also had lots of smiles on their faces. Looks like its going to be a busy year with lots of new children and new challenges ahead. Really looking forward to it. I look forward to getting to know the kids and catching up with the existing kids.

Our Support team has grown this year and we have some wonderful people on board. Its going to be a great year.