TENZ Auckland Region

Auckland events 2014

TENZ Auckland Regional mini-conference March 2014

The Saturday 22 March event was hosted at the Epsom Campus of Auckland University. It was free to current TENZ members with a charge for non-members to help cover costs. The morning session incorporated a number of presentations to the group as a whole, and was followed by an afternoon of smaller specialist workshop groups.

“I thought the day was very succssful,” says TENZ Auckland committee member Moira Patterson. “We appreciated that Elizabeth Eley was able attend and to give the group a Ministry of Education perspective,” says Moira. “Her responsibilities are across the curriculum but she was able to refer to current developments and initiatives in Technology, and listened to some of the concerns expressed around the level of coverage of Technology within the Ministry priorities at the moment.”

“Nicole Price, recently appointed to a facilitator position within the Ministry’s current PLD initiative, talked about her new role. Then Maurie Abraham, principal of Hobsonville Point Secondary College (New Zealand’s first secondary school to be built under a public/private partnership agreement), gave a presentation focusing on the teaching and learning philosophy of the school. The final presentation was by Jude Black the principal of Green Bay Primary School who focused on the professional development of her teachers.”

“These morning sessions were very well received, although they were perhaps more general in coverage and less Technology-specific than in the past,” says Moira.

"It was slightly disappointing, that a few of the planned afternoon workshop groups didn’t attract sufficient numbers to go ahead but there was still a good variety of activity on offer for people to select from" she says.

“We had groups looking at, for example, health and safety and progression indicators. Then there was Ross Petersen from the Skills Organisation working with a group doing Electronics and more unusual workshops like Maori weaving and wine appreciation provided a bit of added variety as well.”

In reflecting on the success of the day, Moira pointed to the wide variety of needs of today’s teachers of Technology and that many are having to quickly come up to speed from a very limited base to meet the demands placed on them. “Curriculum delivery seems to have dropped down the Ministry’s priority list, so there’s plenty of space for the sort of PD initiative that TENZ is looking to establish at a national level,” she says.

Moira says that, with a successful mini-conference behind them, the Auckland group are now looking to building on that base over the rest of the year.

 “We’ve discussed the idea of forming regional cluster groups - and now we’ve got groups organised in the North, South, East, West and Central areas,” says Moira. “Teachers in each of these areas have volunteered to host a first meeting of each cluster to get things underway, and very soon we’ll add in people from the membership lists to those groups and send out emails. We hope that things will be a little less frantic now and that once the clusters are up and running they will just grow naturally.”

“We’ve also got a Facebook page started for access by  the whole of the Auckland TENZ regional membership –https://www.facebook.com/groups/455512361246411 - we’re hoping to get that fully up and running across the region over the next couple of months as well.”

“We’ve got the mini conference under our belts now,” says Moira. “We saw that as the big event for this year, but we'll be aiming to have another larger event at the end of the year to bring more people onboard for our Auckland committee.”