Starting a new school, where the students all knew each other but very few teachers knew very few of the students was a point of difference to many of the other new schools out there.
Building relationships with our learners was an absolute focus for us, and remains one.
Those first 12 months building relationships was the key number one importance to everything we did.
Tawera has been with us from the start, and is in the position of having a number of students in the school who she is related to, which brings its own challenges.
She writes here on the power of relationships and explores the perennial question of whether teachers and students should be friends.
Relationships and Teaching
Am I a friend or a teacher?
I have also heard in many circles that it is highly inappropriate to know your students at a personal level.
My students are in regular contact to this day. We often get 21st Birthday invites or wedding invites or even invitations to see them cross the legal bar.