Southland- REANZ South
REANZ South is a regional network of Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand. We aim to inspire others through facilitating professional learning opportunities that draw on the Reggio Emilia experience and to promote and support connections and collaboration between early childhood centres and schools and with REANZ and REANZ regional networks.
The organising committee for REANZ South is Pam Wilson, Senior Teacher, Kindergartens South; Jane Foster, Professional Leader/Manager, Arrowtown Preschool; Sharon Livingstone, Principal, Otatara School; Judy Brown, Head Teacher, Winton Kindergarten; Sonya Carey, Principal, Newfield Park School; Claire Maley-Shaw, Head Teacher, Fiordland Kindergarten.
Please contact Pam Wilson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Day Out
Thank you to everyone who joined us in Arrowtown for our Big Day Out. Mandy's presentation about her work with toddlers on 'storying' was so inspiring and certainly recharged a lot of batteries! It was a privilege to listen to her and her focus on finding the extraordinary in the ordinary & her reassurance that doubt and uncertainty are essential and healthy. Brilliant - thank you so much Mandy.
A huge thanks to the teachers from both Arrowtown Preschool sites for being such fabulous hosts and presenting their environments in such a beautiful way for us all - most appreciated.
Inspiring presenters from Rolleston School!
Wow, what a Saturday morning in the Deep South thanks to these inspiring presenters from Rolleston School! They held the audience of 60 primary and kindergarten teachers spellbound for 4 hours with the telling of their Reggio inspired journey over the last 5 or so years. Provocations gave us all so much thinking to take away:
"Each day should be a surprise-surprises make learning exciting. Surprises allow children to drive the learning. This sort of teaching makes for outstanding learning.
Follow the compass not the road.
Allow yourself the gift of time to think about your own work as a teacher.
Children's outpouring of ideas is their fuel for learning.
Listen with your ears, your eyes, your heart to what children have to offer"......................
We learnt about ChiL, we heard the story of the Sensory Room, we listened to stories about projects and documentation, we went on an EXPRESS time discovery.
Thank you so much Andrew and Jade - you are an inspiration to us all and one of the best examples ever of how a Reggio inspired approach can be implemented in the context of the NZ education system.
- 21 May 2016
Bronwyn Blackstock Travel Fund.
It is with much pleasure that we announce the inception of the Bronwyn Blackstock Travel Fund. REANZ South are setting up this fund in memory of Bronwyn and her enthusiasm for travel and for things Reggio. We will offer $500 on alternate years to help the recipient with Travel costs to a Reggio inspired event of their choice. It is hoped to have this ready by the end of 2016 for the recipient to travel in 2017.