Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa Let us keep close together, not wide apart
Twice a term the twelve Principals involved in ACCoS Kāhui Ako meet to hear and discuss reports offered by the eight Across School Leaders. As a new member to the fold I was struck by the spirit of collaboration and support offered to feedback and guide us further in our journey with the Wellbeing Initiative.
On the morning Andy Lawrence and I fed back to the ACCoS team there were principals, deputy principals, Ministry of Education and private advisors, and fellow ASLs present to hear us provide clarification on our purpose and progress to date.
The privilege of having access to the wealth of experience and wisdom gathered was not lost and I felt like we left with a sharpened sense of focus and inspiration to develop the measures and tools we envision will support student and staff wellbeing in our learning community.
“Keep asking those curly questions,” Jill Farquharson, lead principal, responded to some probing questions from our guest Jay Stead. Jill elaborated that it is challenge, as well as support, that drives our growth as Kāhui Ako members.
Ministry of Education representative Kirsty Dowding fed back after the meeting that the organisational structures and communication systems that ACCoS have in place are a model for other Kāhui Ako to work towards. Her comments affirmed the work that has been done to ensure ACCoS initiatives align with its founding vision.