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Cluster meeting in Auckland

Excited to report that thanks to the energies of colleagues in Auckland, there will be a cluster meeting in the city of sails later this month. Here are the details. Please get along if you can – we’ve been dying to get a group off its feet in Auckland!

What: Mantle of the Expert Aotearoa – Auckland cluster meeting For: Any Educator (ECE, Primary, Secondary) interested in MOTE, drama for learning.
When: Friday 21st November. 4.30 – 6.30 pm
Where: Marist College, 31 Alberton Ave, Mt Albert, Auckland Topic: Introduce, brainstorm and share
Facilitated by: Raquela Syred and Michelle Hesketh

Please RSVP to :’’


Hamilton Cluster meeting 23rd October

Hi all – we now have a date for the previously-postponed cluster meeting. Great theme – should be a rich discussion. Please see the following message from our host, Rebecca Board.

Hi everybody!

This is a message for everyone interested in the next Hamilton cluster meeting. It will be held at David Street School (45 David St) in Morrinsville on Thursday 23rd October at 4.30pm. The theme of this get together is “mistakes” – so come prepared with some stories and tips of what you’ve experienced with your Mantle or ideas you’ve heard from others.  Please bring a friend and snacks for the table.

Looking forward to seeing you all then! Rebecca.


Astronauts and lucky tokens

Here’s a very happy pic taken at last night’s Tauranga cluster meeting. We spent time exploring new conventions for building belief, based on a fun game of Astronauts…. there were flight simulators, astroid belts, doors that went ‘swoosh’ and even lucky tokens…. I guess  you had to be there! To make sure you don’t miss out on the next one, put these dates and venues in your diary now: further details to be confirmed nearer the time.

Hamilton – David St School, 16th October

Tauranga – Windermere, 27th November

TGA cluster august 14


Tauranga cluster group meeting

A reminder that the Tauranga MOTE cluster group will gather at Windermere in the Maharaia Room on Thursday 21st August.

Viv will run a session on building belief phase of Mantle/process drama. This is a session she ran successfully at the Hamilton cluster group gathering.

We look forward to seeing you all there.



Hamilton cluster group meeting 7th August

Greetings colleagues

A friendly reminder that the date for our next cluster meeting is Thursday 7th August. We have been invited to Melville Intermediate school, Mt view road, Hamilton at 4pm for a 4,30 start.  Thanks Sue and staff for hosting us! Focus for the session is on using drama conventions to build belief… Please bring your favourite ideas plus a friend and snacks for the table Look forward to seeing you there… Meanwhile, here is a photo from our last gathering at Puketaha – lovely lot!



BOP Cluster Meeting 10th June


Our next BOP Cluster meeting will be held at the Windermere Campus (Tauranga) of Waikato University in the Maharaia building from 4.30pm for a 5.00pm start – Viv will be chairing the meeting – please bring yourselves, your colleagues and some nibbles.

[Our focus will be on drama conventions – particularly those that can be used in the early stages of a Mantle to build belief in the fictional world.]

See you there!



Quick reminder – hamilton cluster meeting on Wednesday

Hi team

Just a wee reminder that this term’s cluster meeting for teachers and interested others in the Hamilton / Waikato region is this week – Wednesday 28th 4.30pm at Faculty of Education, gate 5, hillcrest road. The focus is on assessment strategies in mantle teaching – including assessment in role!  So bring your stories – and questions – a friend and a plate of food to share if you can. Everyone is so busy at this time of year but we are always invigorated and inspired by these meetings – do hope you can make it.

P.S. The exact room for Wednesday’s meeting is still being confirmed. please check at reception on arrival. (:


Cluster meeting dates for your diary!

It has been quiet on the Mantle of the Expert website lately, but you will be receiving a wee flurry of posts in the next few days.

First up, this message has information about cluster group meetings coming up. Please read carefully to ensure you have the right details for your meeting:

  • After its highly successful launch last month, the Whangarei cluster has its next get together on Wednesday 28th May at 3.30. I think this will be at Kaurihohore school, but please email Leslee Allen ( to confirm and to notify your attendance. The focus for this session will be on drama conventions.
  • Also on Wednesday 28th –  at 4.30pm – is the next Hamilton cluster meeting. This will be held at the Faculty of Education, University of Waikato. The focus for the session is assessment strategies for Mantle of the Expert. Please RSVP if possible to
  • Finally, a little further off Tuesday 10th June will be the next Bay of Plenty cluster at 4.30pm at University of Waikato Windermere Campus. Further details to be confirmed, but this session will be all about drama conventions / drama for learning. If you are planning to attend this one, please let Jon know:

As usual  please bring a plate, a smile and an interested friend.


Next Hamilton Cluster meeting and skype meeting for secondary teachers, plus a reminder of other dates…

Greetings colleagues

There is much ‘clustering’ occurring in the next few weeks. Please check below for a meeting to suit you. First two notifications are new gatherings, the others are reminders.

* Hamilton Cluster meeting will be Thursday 27th 4.30pm for 5pm start  at Puketaha school – please note this is a change from the date previously advised.  The topic is a walk through the planning process – with updates on the planning model.

* Secondary skype meeting – for specialist secondary teachers around the country. Thursday 3rd April 7pm over skype. Please email with your skype name if you wish to join. This discussion will look at possibilities for Mantle at secondary and adapting Mantle for older learners.

* Northland cluster at Kaurihohore School – 24th March contact Leslee Allen <> for more information or to register interest

* Bay of Plenty cluster at Omokoroa Point School – 4.30pm for 5pm Tuesday 18th March contact Jon Jenner <> for more information.

Great to see all this activity happening. As always, you are encouraged to bring a plate of nibbles to share – and a curious friend… All welcome.