Thursday, 4 July 2013

Measuring Success

We have just had the league table results published in the Metro magazine. So we all look anxiously at our own schools and compare ourselves with all the other schools. Hopefully we look at least okay.
 I am not opposed to the league tables actually - we need to have a yardstick and the league tables are as good as any. What I am not sure though is that they are the only yardstick.

 On Saturday night I went to the show CABARET performed at the school by the students. I know that as part of the impact project, groups of students have designed and taught the choreography and I know that the students have designed and built the set. The sense of achievement these students feel at the end of a hugely successful show is outstanding. They have had to be enterprising, resourceful, reliable and resilient. They have had to establish goals, make plans, manage projects and set high standards. They have had to develop strategies for meeting challenges and they have had to know when to follow and when to lead and when and how to act independently. (straight from the NZC)
 From this experience these students are more confident and more ready to find their place in the world.

Our four young men who have set up the Young Engineers' Association in New Zealand had an amazingly successful day. 33 school teams presented on the day.University lecturers were their guest speakers and the feedback was overwhelming. They are already planning the next day for next year when they will be at University in Auckland. The same thing applies as above. The sense of satisfaction for these young men is overwhelming - They made comments like - "We just can't believe that what started out as just talking ended up in such a fantastic day - and everything went well"
And again how much readier they are to face the world of university and beyond.

 Sean a Year 12 young man did our Tuesday presentation to the staff. He presented to us his application which he will have ready to launch at the end of this impact project semester. It is an application that teaches music theory. Sean spoke about how hard he has to work on the application because historically is is the 'second mouse who gets the cheese". He is determined to be the first mouse and the second mouse. Sean is working on his own with support from an inschool mentor and external providers of information. He knows he will finish because he has learnt to persevere even when things look incredibly hard.
Sean is quite clearly going to be successful in the tech world.

 So how do we present these stories to the media or ERO or to prospective parents ? How do we record and measure that success ?

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