Expected and Unexpected Disruption Factors: Christchurch Schools and the Canterbury Earthquakes

Published: Tuesday 4 June 2013

John Leonard has been seconded from his usual role as Principal of Freeville School and is currently working for Te Tapuae o Rehua. Te Tapuae o Rehua is a consortium of Te Runanga o Ngœi Tahu and the five major tertiary institutions of the South Island. He manages "Mau ki te Ako", a contract delivering culturally responsive in-service professional development to teachers in the South Island (Primary and Secondary) and the lower half of the North Island (Secondary). John's school was devastated by the quake, with the majority of his school zone now red, yet he has maintained his role and is still the school of choice in the area. John was awarded a Canterbury Earthquake Award for services to his school community.

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Mike Anderson is Principal at Waimairi Primary School and an avid promoter of the use of ICT in primary school teaching. Mike's school of over 500 students was hit hard in the February earthquake. His work on keeping his community together and basing it on strong learning has been recognised throughout Christchurch.

Abstract: This keynote will explore the expected and unexpected disruption factors faced by schools since the Canterbury Earthquakes. The physical environment, infrastructure, human and community impacts will all be covered.

John Leonard, Principal, Freeville School and KaiÅ'rahi Professional Learning and Development for Te Tapuae o Rehua, Christchurch, and Mike Anderson, Principal, Waimairi School, Christchurch, NZ