Just going through twitter thinking about school. We are so lucky in Maesglas.
Chester Zoo Rangers, Young Voices Choir in Manchester, Badminton festival, Wheeled sports competition, disco and a google hangouts call to New York. Just another week in Maesglas.
Thanks to all the staff that help make this happen.
The highlight of the week. It was amazing to talk with our One Worlders in Maesglas from Thomas Edison School, Portchester, New York, using Google Hangouts. They also got to speak with educators from Colombia, Argentina and China.
The children did us proud. They spoke very well and I have had so many positive comments about them. They also shared the 'lend with care' charity. I know more people will sign up to make a difference because of what our One Worlders said. Thanks Mrs Hughes for supporting them and thanks to Al for getting the technology working.
We are presenting to Dr Reimers tomorrow so I need to think what I need to say. We then finish the week with a trip to the United Nations. I will make sure I tell them we are a carbon neutral school.
We are almost half way through the week and I am just reflecting on what we have heard so far from so many inspirational leaders.
We have made so many connections that I want to make sure we can utilize them when I get back to Maesglas.
When I get back and have caught up with my family I want to be ready to implement some of the things we have learned. Don't panic staff! I have loads of information to digest over the next few weeks but we will have a clear plan on how this will support us with Successful Futures.
I need to make sure we build on the week so I will try to keep in touch and put newfound contacts to use. I need to share with the team back in school. Staff, Parents, Children - Ask me about the conference. Remind me. Don't let me get distracted.
This quote has come up a lot this week:-
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Gandhi
We have a real opportunity to change.
An inspiring day finding out about the education systems and challenges in the U.S., China, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Brazil.
Mexico led us in a meditation session to start the day.
Acapulco talked to us about the amount of violence they are dealing with.
China talked to us about finding teachers with 'loving hearts'
Brazil and Argentina discussed the need to set up private schools in the communities they serve.
Team Wales had the chance to present and I couldn't be prouder of everyone involved.
We talked about our curriculum change and Successful Futures. It generated a lot of interest and we answered a lot of questions.
A full day with Professor Reimers has given us a lot to think about. We took part in three workshops to develop an action plan. We worked with colleagues from around the world to stress the importance of 'improvement networks.'
He started by saying, 'When people work together we can't lose' and 'Education is not a solo effort it is a team sport.'
He then challenged us to think about what we can do differently to transform the education experience for our children. By introducing real problems we are able to activate a motivation to learn.
It was suggested that we ask our children in school what they are disappointed with. We can then look at the results and see if we can eliminate that from our environment to provide a more positive experience.
This then develops to identifying the issues in our school community and working together to make it better.
I am really interested to know what you think. We can then plan how we can make a difference together. Let me know what issues you think we can help support the community with.
Once our children can identify the issues within Greenfield we can the look at global issues to help develop empathy and respect. This would mean that we are then educating true global citizens.
I am looking forward to Day 4 when we get to share what we are doing in Wales with the rest of the group. I will update you all tomorrow.
A long Sunday here today but I will have a go at making sense of the day.
We started early visiting as many of the sites as we could pack into a short space of time. Have a look at the tweets from @SanSior to see if you can name them.
We then travelled to Port Chester Senior Centre to attend the official launch of One World week with Joe Carvin and Dr. Reimers. It was a fascinating evening with so many things to think about and discuss with teachers from around the world.
Dr Reimers talked about schools providing an education that gives our children the power to change the world. The emphasis was about empowering people to find the problem in the community and solve it. What can we do to make it better?
He talked about the 'Global Risks Report 2018'. A document that predicts that we only have 12 years left to slow down climate change.
He focused on the principle that there is more to school than grades using the example that Bill Gates got an F in computer science! We need children to see the point in education not be bored by it. How are we educating children for jobs that don't exist yet and to solve the problems that adults have created?
He used the following quote from Alice in Wonderland:-
Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
We need to be clear on where we want to go especially during the time of change in Wales as we embark on the introduction of 'Successful Futures'. We can't be like Alice and just head off in any direction. We have an opportunity to introduce Global Education with real innovation.
Looking forward to day 3.
Morning all. Struggling with the time difference today. Wide awake at silly o'clock.
The journey went well and we were the first contingent to arrive for One World Week.
We were met at the airport and are staying in the Port Chester area with host families. We are really impressed with how welcoming everyone is.
Colleagues from Mexico and Columbia arrived last night and the Principals from China are arriving this afternoon.
The official start to the week is at 5:00 pm with our opening reception with Dr. Fernando Reimers from Harvard University.
I will update the blog later. Look out for tweets from @BorrasPark @SanSior @YsgolbroCarmel
Many of you will know that I am heading to the One World Conference so will not be in school next week. I know school is in very capable hands and I am lucky that we have such supportive staff (and a supportive family).
I am typing this in the departure lounge of Manchester Airport. I will be updating the blog throughout the week. There is a time difference so apologies now for any late/early posts.
This is a great opportunity for Maesglas as we develop links with schools across North Wales and the World. I am travelling with colleagues from Bro Carmel, Borras Park, San Sior and GWE. We are then meeting up with 100 educators from around the world throughout the week. The skills and experience we will gain from the conference will be fantastic.
I am really looking forward to our video call with Maesglas on Thursday.
I will update you soon.
I had this email today and just wanted to share it with you.
Thank you so much for taking part and being involved in our Shoebox Appeal last year! We were staggered to be able to send 51,315 Shoebox gifts to children overseas. Nationally, shoeboxes travelled to displaced people groups in Breza, Bosnia; orphanages in Minsk, Belarus and marginalised communities in Bralia, Cluj-Napoca, Oradea and Tulcea, Romania.
Your generous gifts went to villages and schools around the city of Oradea in the Bihor county of Romania.
Personally I travelled with these boxes and had the privilege of seeing the children receive them. I can’t put into words how humbling these moments are. I will never forget unexpectedly seeing my own daughter’s box (from Wrexham) being handed out to 8yr old Alexia and watching her open the lid, saying “wow” on every breath as she tenderly examined each soft toy and a hand-knitted hat. It particularly broke me to see her clutch a MacDonald’s Happy Meal toy close to her – something that’s often discarded in my house – as if it was treasure.
To view and download photos from this distribution please click here but you can also see a short video clip of the distribution in Bralia & Tulcea, Romania here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOvrxyoEgoc&t=29s
We hope you’ve enjoyed taking part in the appeal and that it has helped your pupils connect with the situations of children overseas and the value of charitable enterprise!
Thank you for supporting this amazing project and we hope you will continue to support us this year.
Amazing effort everyone. You are making a difference. Team Maesglas.
Dr Bike is in school tomorrow. You can bring any bike to have a free safety check.
Mr Cass, Headteacher