2018 Sabbatical Reports - Secondary Teachers

The following is a list of Secondary Teacher Sabbatical recipients for 2018.  

The list is sorted by surname, and you can click on the index below to assist you. If a recipient has published their report online, a link will be added below, as it becomes available.

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Other Secondary Teacher Sabbatical Recipients and Reports:

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Lorraine Andrews

Upper Hutt College

Ensure long term success of PB4L at Upper Hutt College by investigating colleges that have been running the programme for 3 years or longer. To determine actions and initiatives they have taken to build a culture where positive behaviour and learning becomes the 'normal' way of life at their school.

Christine Archer

Heretaunga College

Investigation into learner centred learning systems through literature reviews, studies and research into evidence/success stories from other NZ secondary schools.

Andrew Berry

Westlake Boys' High School

Research, visits to schools and a literature review to investigate best practice pedagogy in using ICT for learning in English and developing key competencies.

Jennifer Boomen

Waitakere College

Visit UK secondary schools to examine best practice and innovative approaches to integrating refugee students into secondary schools.

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Judith Brown

Otumoetai College

Inquiry into Whole School Well Being focusing on what schools can do to build resilience in their students, analysing the impact a resilient school community has in raising student achievement and improving outcomes for learners.

Lynette Brown

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College

Review relevant pedagogical curriculum knowledge of Nature of Science, Science Capabilities, Future Focus Education and STEM.  Investigate the relationship between pedagogical style and student learning as well as other teaching and learning systems.

Diane Cavallo

Hobsonville Point Secondary School

Professional learning that will contribute to leadership of learning design at Hobsonville Point School. Planned visits to US and UK schools to investigate models and approaches to future-focussed learning design and leadership for student-centred, innovative learning practice.

John Cooksley

Devon Intermediate

Visit teachers in other schools to improve knowledge, skills and practice effectiveness in year 7 and 8 hard materials technology.

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Mark Dempster

Mt Albert Grammar School

To investigate other teaching and learning systems in local community intermediate schools to see what their Health and PE programmes deliver. Travel aboard to see how overseas schools deliver compulsory PE within their junior schools. Investigate what other countries, regions and schools want their students to be able to do and believe is important with regards to physical activity once they finish school.

Eric Dirkze

Kaiapoi Borough School

Undertake personal study to deepen my content knowledge of robotics at the year 7 and 8 level. The specific focus will be around the use of the "Lego Mindstorm EV3" robot and how to better teach, stimulate and engage students in this technological field.

Robyn Elston

Taradale High School

To research 'best practice' with regard to how digital technology can promote foster student engagement and improve achievement. I will explore the pedagogy around the use of digital technology in the classroom to enhance the learning experience and achievement, especially for our priority learners. I will also explore how they are being effectively used in other schools, to facilitate differentiated learning programmes that enable our priority learners, in particular to achieve success at Level 1 English.

Mark Fletcher

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

Investigate the critical thinking skills of History NCEA level 3 students who are researching a 'contested event' for the achievement standard 91434.

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Alana Frankum

Hastings Girls' High School

Investigate methods and strategies to motivate Pasifika students to want to improve their musical talents, skills and knowledge.

John Green

St Peter's College (Palmerston North)

Develop links with local industry and tertiary providers to better connect students in Levels 2 and 3 Chemistry to pathways for further education and work.

Lynda Guilliard

Waimea College

Investigate alternative programmes and strategies for Students At Risk Of Not Achieving (SARONA). Further develop career-focused pathways with an emphasis on further study, training and employment options for these priority learners.

Vernon Hadaway

Hillmorton High School

Investigation of evidence based, best practice teaching pedagogy; for assisting students challenged with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

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Sean Hann

Wellington College

Investigation into the educational philosophy behind, and application of, Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL).

Suzanne Hawes

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

Investigate what best practice looks like for students with dyscalculia when studying mathematics in an online environment.

Charles Hawes

Kapiti College

Investigation into the use of digital technology in the learning of Mathematics, specifically Algebra. Research and develop a course outline to cover teaching concepts and resources. 

Grietje Hoogendoorn

Mt Roskill Grammar

Investigate and develop a "best practice" model of initiating and facilitating LGBTI Diversity groups in schools.

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Barry Hook

Lynfield College

To investigate the teaching of programming and mechatronics in both Australia and New Zealand at years 12 and 13. This curriculum is very new and the approaches used seem to be diverse and I want to investigate which are more successful.

Amanda Jarden

Hastings Girls' High School

To undertake research into the effectiveness of feedback to students.

Robert Jones

Te Aute College

Create a resource for students through investigating old boys of Te Aute College who fought in France during World War I.

Shane Latch

Northcote College

Investigate pedagogical approaches and best practice in integrated careers education in New Zealand schools.

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Stewart Mckissock

Birkenhead College

To research best practices and applications of digital technologies in DVC, and apply newfound knowledge to the redevelopment of teaching and learning strategies in current DVC courses Years 9 to 13.

Robyn McLaren

Nelson College For Girls

Produce a learning resource for second language learners of Te Reo Māori in a mainstream secondary school, offered in multi-level classes.

Erik Merkens

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

Investigate best practice in assisting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder to better support students undertaking distance learning through Te Kura.

Geoffrey Newby

Hutt Valley High School

Technology curriculum design and development project, undertaking research in the industry for 3D printers and laser cutters.

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Jill O'Brien

Kelston Girls' College

Research to develop digital technology content knowledge and current resource development practice to assist in creating units of work and resources for level 2 and 3 Digital technology programmes. Development will include shadowing in a local printing company and on-line adobe training.

Andrew Parsons

Logan Park High School

Investigate how different pedagogical approaches can better meet the needs of diverse learners through a culturally responsive teaching and learning programme specifically relating to the Technology curriculum.

Maree Patten

Kuranui College

Review of how well the 'BYOD' scheme has worked in the school. Research and investigation into how digital technologies has and can enhance and add value to the learning of students and teachers.

Craig Reddington

Kaikorai Valley College

Critical review of the Active Education Project in New Zealand. Develop a model to help school embed AE practices school wide. Formulate a plan of how to introduce pedagogical change for teachers to introduce active learning into their teaching practice, improving educational outcomes for students and teacher professional networks.

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Ross Redpath

Inglewood High School

To examine and evaluate different teaching and learning programmes and the impact school systems and student diversity have on the selection and delivery of the chosen programmes of learning. (Subject: Agricultural and Horticultural Science)

Colin Redpath

Waimea College

Design a new course for the Natural Processes part of the year 13 Geography course, including a literature review of costal processes in Tasman Bay and the development of activities that reflect inquiry learning practices. Also, I would like to develop a class one note that would help deliver teaching and learning of this unit of work to the students. The aim of this would also be to share this with the other year 13 Geography classes and other schools within our region.

Ainslie Sauvao

St Patrick's College (Kilbirnie)

Investigate and develop a coherent resource for schools on effective engagement with Pasifika families and communities.

Suzanne Scott

New Plymouth Boys' High School

Undertake research into robotics with a special reference to developing a student resource which will be an introduction to robotics for junior high school classes. I will investigate and identify the best robotics platform and software in terms of affordability and functionality, research tips and  suggest innovative activities for teaching robotics based on a 21st century pedagogy.

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Julie Stewart

Massey High School

Investigate the learning needs of diverse students in large, urban, low-to-middle decile secondary schools, and how to best address those needs.

David Storrie

Glendowie College

To investigate the effectiveness of different pedagogical approaches when providing assessment feedback and feed forward to students, and the impact they can have on improving student learning and achievement.

Graham Taylor

Fraser High School

To undertake a review of the MOE document "Easing the Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling" and undertake an inquiry focused on improving the learning and the learning transition from year 8 to year 9. Spend time in our COL visiting contributing schools, scanning, engaging in dialogue and observation.

Jennifer Thomas

Nelson College For Girls

Investigate how the Human Sciences can be taught effectively in a modern learning environment at the senior level.

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Louise Van de Water

Kelston Girls' College

Investigation into the newly-established Māori and Samoan bilingual units at Kelston Girls College, in particular the pedagogy behind their establishment, the impact of assessment, and ways to future proof these units.

Philip Van der Klift

Papatoetoe High School

Investigate pedagogical approaches to language teaching to revitalise "at risk" indigenous languages in post-colonial communities, such as Te Reo Māori.

Peter Wadsworth

St Patrick's College (Kilbirnie)

Investigate pastoral care programmes in schools in Australia, England and Ireland that improve mental health and resilience in students.

Angela Wallace

Te Kauwhata College

Investigate student transition from one institution to another, and from year level to year level within a school.

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Ian Watson

Otumoetai College

Attend Te Wharekura o Mauao to be fully immersed in Te Reo Māori.

Barbara Williams

Menzies College

Investigate how and why students make career choices involving vocational pathways.

Patricia Williams

Sacred Heart College (Napier)

Investigate and develop strategies and teaching methods to institute transformational digital learning in the English classroom.

Robert Young

New Plymouth Girls' High School

Develop and create new resources which will enhance graphics practice for the Design and Visual Communication subject area. 

Gary Ytsma

Marlborough Boys' College

Develop a "wine industry" package at Levels 2 and 3 to better link what schools can deliver to meet the needs of primary industry.

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