Fruitvale School

Donal McLean

Donal McLean, Principal

Fruitvale Road School is expanding and we are proud of the expansion that is happening. In 2019 we will have a new entrance and an awesome new 8 classroom block. Our reputation for high quality care and academic excellence is spreading and we love that the values we live and teach daily our students use well, setting themselves up for successful, full and interesting lives. We provide equitable access to all of the students using the latest, most useful APPs and technology to ensure the children here are experienced with and are able to integrate what does the best job for the circumstances they are trying to understand and manipulate for their learning. Our commitment to making learning visible to the learner is enhanced by the tools we use on a daily basis. Collaboration is a key requirement for living in this world of ours and our systems encourage and support our learners to work together successfully identifying their own skills and that of their school-mates to effectively solve problems. That we are part of the Kotuitui collaboration of schools allows us as professionals and you as parents access to an excellent group of schools working to create the best pathway for your children into their educational futures.

This is my Fruitvale in-school Community of Learning team:

Bridget DadleyShirley White

Bridget Dadley and Shirley White

Our shared focus for this inquiry is gaining an understanding of how the school’s current professional development is impacting on teacher practice. Improving teacher practice will improve student outcomes both in terms of progress and achievement. Our current Professional Development is in Professor John Hattie’s Visible Learning and more recently we have added Professor Russell Bishop’s Relationship Based Learning. Our focus area schoolwide is in improving teacher practice in writing and how this will have a flow on effect into improving practice in all other areas of the curriculum. There is a focus on improving the outcomes for Maori students and a strong belief that “What works for Maori students will work for all students” Russell Bishop. Both Bridget and Shirley work in a collaborative year 1 and 2 innovative learning environment. They are very involved in reviewing, moderating and implementing areas of the school’s professional development and enjoy the rich learning conversations that have surfaced from this.