Monday, June 5, 2017


There are concepts and ideas that straight away stood out for me. Of interest to me were:

Smart Relationships: The emphasis is on positive and supportive relationships and focuses on decisions we make and how we interact. And probably more important, knowing how to react when things do go wrong.

Smart Values: Emphasis on respect and responsibility, amongst other things.

Smart Learners: This gives importance to responsible use of devices and trains learners to be confident users of devices and applications.

Smart Teachers: This encourages teachers to be up to date with cybersmart curriculum and be familiar with school policies. Teachers should be able to role model the cybersmart curriculum and be able to empower our learners.

Smart Parents: Parents need to understand the use of digital technology to support learning. They need to connect with their children. Its very important that parents set expectations at home and are familiar with resources on school websites

From my point of view these form the cornerstones of successful schools where good learning and good teaching take place -  which can only happen with support from informed parents.
I also see a huge correlation between these and and Tamaki College's RISE values - Respect, integrity, Success and Responsibility.
For Tamaki College, it is not something the college has on paper only. I have been thoroughly impressed by this being made an important issue. At every school assembly the school principal, Mrs Pamaka and her Senior Leadership Team have emphasized the importance of the RISE values and how these can help them to become successful learners.


  1. Thanks for this reflection Jagindar and making the connections with the RISE values at Tamaki College. I do agree that TC has benefitted hugely from making RISE such an integral part of the school from the leadership down.

  2. Hey Jagindar,

    Thanks for sharing this learning and thinking. I agree that there is a strong correlation between RISE and CyberSmart. I see a very clear link to PB4L values across the cluster I support during the week. It serves as a fab reminder that nothing we do sits in isolation.