Grow Waitaha is a programme that supports schools and learners through the process of change happening in Canterbury
How does Grow Waitaha work?
Each school within the build programme will work with a navigator, who will support them to articulate their vision for education that reflects their learners and their communities, and looks to the future. As schools progress through the build phases, from education brief, to masterplan, to the build itself and on to inhabitation, the navigator will assist them to identify their particular goals and development needs, co-create a plan to achieve them and assist them to connect up and share with others. Where common needs are identified across several schools, growth and development opportunities and resources will be offered to address these.
Schools outside the build programme will be able to access these opportunities too, but the first priority will be those who have identified their needs through working with a navigator. These opportunities and resources may take the form of forums, workshops, mentoring, hui, prototyping sessions, partnerships and many more. As we identify which are the most successful, they will become part of a growing offering that is more widely available.
Over time, we will supplement these opportunities with real examples of innovative practice from within Greater Christchurch made accessible through either online platforms or showcasing spaces. Throughout the programme, the effectiveness of the opportunities and interventions will be evaluated to ensure the best ones are available to everyone.
Who can engage with Grow Waitaha and when?
The build programme is organised into waves. Schools will enter the programme over a seven year period, either in February or July. Wave 1A began in February 2014; wave 7B will commence in July 2020. To find out when your school is due to commence, speak to your local Ministry Senior Advisor.