Our first Network of Expertise – funded winter school (Foundations in Mantle of the Expert) was held in Kirikiriroa, Hamilton on 17-18 July. It was wonderful to gather with colleagues from all over the country to explore the core elements of Mantle of the Expert and beginning steps for planning. The weather outside may have been terrible but the energy in the room was fabulous, as was the food. Many thanks to Knighton Normal School and Whakarongo Tauranga, who hosted us in her beautiful classroom space. Thanks also to Vivien Smith who took care of the secondary planning group while I worked with primary teachers.

Comments from participants included:

“I’m excited and ready to get started on my planning. Thanks for a lovely weekend.”

“I feel I’ve now got the confidence to start this journey effectively – thank you!”

“There was a good balance of moving / doing and sitting – moments of drama great for consolidating thinking.”

Plans are already afoot for next year’s Winter School. The goal is to make this an annual event, with the Foundations course offered again in 2022 alongside another one focussed on Teaching in Mantle of the Expert. From 2023 a third course focussed on leadership will also be added. The details are to be confirmed, but it will most likely be held in the middle weekend of the July school holidays – so put the date in your diaries! If you know you’re keen to attend Winter School 2022 it’s not too soon to register interest – just email dramaticinquirynz@gmail.com and ask to be put on the list.