Waggrakine becomes a Microsoft Partners in Learning Worldwide Mentor School.
On August 2012 Waggrakine was announceed as a Worldwide Microsoft Innovative Mentor School Worldwide. One of only two at the time in Australia.
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Waggrakine joins the ranks of Worldwide Mentor schools.
On August 25 2011 it was announced that Waggrakine Primary School became a Worldwide Pathfinder school in the Microsoft Partners in Learning Project, one of 60 worldwide and one of 3 in Australia in the 2012 round.
As a pathfinder we accessed monthly Virutal universities with world renowned educational leaders such as Will Richardson, Dan Buckley, Professor Michael Fullen and more. We had the opportunity to attend the Worldwide Forum in Washington DC and the Asia Pacific forum in Auckland New Zealand where all of the Microsoft Innovative Teacher winners from all over Asia showcase their learning projects. Waggrakine teacher, Kellie Hunter, was the winner of the Microsoft Innovative teacher Western Australia in 2011.
Congratulations! Your school has been selected to be a Pathfinder School as part of the Microsoft Partners in learning for Schools Program! As a Pathfinder School, you were selected because you have the potential to create scalable and replicable educational transformation that can influence schools within your own community, country and around the world. As the school leader, you have proven that you have community and professional support for the change process and strong school-level leadership. You have an overall vision for what you want to achieve, and the Pathfinder Schools program will help you refine the vision, make it stronger and implement it.
As a Pathfinder school you are committing to a year of exploration, dedication and hard work.
In Photos of the Microsoft Asia Pacific Forum and teacher exhibits in March 2012, Auckland, New Zealand.
2010 Waggrakine was selected among 20 schools to become part of the innaugural Microsoft Partners in Learning Australian Pilot School. Any school in the world can become a partners in learning school but entry to the next levels are through selection.
In 2011 we have taken on the role of a lead school, one of 15 in Australia. Now we are excited about the challenge and opportunities to enhance our vision for learning through our selection as a Worldwide Pathfinder school!
A collaborative partnership between Microsoft Australia, Australian state governments and schools.
- Part of a global program to make learning more accessible, relevant and engaging.
- Connects schools with one another and with world-leading educational experts.
- Provides access to Microsoft technologies – both current and future resources.
- Provides suggested structures, methodologies and enough time for school improvement, aligned to national objectives.
Provides teaching staff with professional development opportunities such as peer coaching, conference attendance with key partners (such as Australian Council of Educational Leaders). and access to Teachers Awards (such as the Microsoft Innovative Teachers Awards).
- We have an exclusive opportunity to draw on Microsoft expertise, development tools and professional training.
- We have the chance to connect and collaborate with other innovative schools the world over.
- We can reflect upon and improve your philosophy, practices and success in digital learning.
Our school receiving our Leading School recognition from the Premier of NSW, Kristina Keneally, and the Managing Director of Microsoft Australia, Tracey Fellows, at the Sydney Forum in November.
In May 2011 Waggrakine hosted a Mid West forum focusing on 21st century learning and were fortunate enough to have Sean Tierney, Manager of Microsoft Innovative Schools Australia come along to be the key note speaker.