Teach First NZ participants have just finished their third professional development clinic of the year, which was held over the weekend at the University of Auckland’s Epsom campus.
“It always strikes us just how much engagement and energy everyone brings to the two days – especially considering how many other pressures participants have competing for their energy and emotions during another busy term,” observed Mike Hughes, Teach First NZ’s Partnership & Alumni Director.
Both staff and participants had the privilege of welcoming two guests, Dietmar Dold and Kerry Butler from KPMG, join Friday’s leadership project sharing session, where we learnt about the leadership projects 2013 Cohort participants had been planning and implementing so far this year. The range of projects and the commitment to making change in participants’ classrooms and communities was palpable. Teach First NZ is thankful to Dietmar and Kerry for personalising KPMG's commitment to the community and the firm's support for Teach First NZ as one of our corporate partners. They provided affirming and thoughtful feedback on the leadership projects throughout the evening.
Teach First NZ participants also attended a morning workshop on the Saturday delivered by Fia Collins (from the Ministry of Education) and her husband, Efeso Collins, on the Pasifika Education Plan. In many ways, their workshop was summed up by 2014 participant, Sarah Watt’s delighted contribution during the Talanoa part of the workshop: “Oh, yes! Why didn’t I know about this before?”
Teach First NZ wishes to extend a massive thank-you for the energy and enthusiasm of all involved during the Clinic, especially to our external guests.