It is not possible to be left alone or isolated if you’re part of school principal Matt Bateman’s world. He connects community to school, to culture and to each other. He makes sure teachers are connected to supportive groups with shared interests. He connects students to their culture, their people, their teachers, and to learning. He connects people back in time to their ancestors, and across the globe to their families.
Listen to how building close connections, belonging, and trust, enabled a cluster of schools to successfully navigate the challenges of the covid era, caring for students, staff, and community.
This isn’t a quick fix but a story of how long-term commitment to caring and connection has transformed a school and enabled a cluster of schools to perform at their best through a very challenging time. School Principal Matt Bateman shares how, over time, his commitment brought a very diverse community group together, and facilitated connections between community groups.
Learn how this connected approach has helped share the burden of new curriculum development across schools, and given rise to a culture of shared leadership that ensures continuity and transmission of this extraordinary culture.
Matt is of Ngai Tahu iwi, and from Hokitika on the West Coast of New Zealand. His mission is to connect with and support people. As Principal of Burnside Primary School he’s also one of the three leaders of his school’s Community of Learning – Waimairi-iri Kāhui Ako – which operates with a rotating model of shared leadership. Matt is a humble leader who is proof that over a lifetime of service and commitment great progress and change can be made. He has worked with those around him to build a culture of caring, connection, collaboration and celebration in his school and community.
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