Rotorua | New Zealand

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The Learning hub hosted two break out sessions for The Kahui Ako day. Two Learning support for ordinators presented. The Learning support co ordinators are making a difference in schools.

All this Professional Development has been sponsored by Rotorua Energy Trust.

Paulene Walsh works with The Trust to bring Professional Development to Rotorua

Marcus Powell  May 10. Staffroom at John Paul College.
Dr Emma Woodward May 12  7 pm. Edmund Rice Centre.

Bridging Comprehension gaps
Held in E1 and 2. Rooms above the gym.

Education Law conference for principals and senior leaders. This event was held in E1 and 2.
This event raised $4000.00 for Breast Cancer. This event was sponsored by The Learning support team.

Evening with Liz Kane end of June. Staffroom.
Liz is a keen supporter of Structured Literacy. Gold coin donation.

All these events have been well received by all the Rotorua Community.

Term 3 and 4 John Paul College will concentrate on transition points into JPC, supporting students with prelims and final NZQA examinations.

2021 has been a very busy and exciting year for Learning support.

The learning and health hub were blessed on Thursday April 15 7.30 am by Pa Gerard.
It was a lovely ceremony.

The Learning hub will host workshops on our Kahui Ako day at JPC.

Brigitte Holmes and Sara Mines (primary focus)
Hannah Hobbs (secondary focus)

We are looking forward to our Kahui Ako getting together.

To touch the hearts of young people is the greatest miracle we can perform.

Paulene Walsh and Adrian Hodge created the following video clip for the Kahui Ako day 2021. This clip shows the 10 schools which are involved in the Faith Based Community of Learning. This clip was well reserved by all schools.
The Kahui TOD challenged us and provided excellent professional development. Working together will benefit all our whanau. LINK

The Learning Support Centre operates in rooms C17 and C18. It is a busy centre which supports students with a variety of needs. In 2020 The Learning Support Team will support over 200 students. Learning Hub is having a renovation over the holidays. We look forward to welcoming you to JPC and our new  Learning Hub in 2021.

Hi all,

I thought I would just remind everyone that after school sessions for literacy and numeracy are run after school. They are run by the learning support centre.
The class sizes are small. The lessons support what is taught in school. Mainly for years 6-9students. A small cost is charged for these lessons.
We will be offering a taster program for our year 6 students going into year 7 in term 4. This is tailored to our students who may need support in literacy or numeracy.
Please feel free to email me if you would like to know more about this.
Nga Mihi Paulene Walsh

Rotorua Hub Learning Support Team consisting of J.P.C , St Mary’s Rotorua & Puturau, St Michaels Rotorua and Bishop Edward Gains Tokoroa.

They are working together to support all our students to achieve to the best of their abilities.

Thank you to all principals LSCs, Sencos, and staff for all your hard work.
Kia Kaha
Paulene Walsh
Across school Learning support co-ordinator

Kahui Ako Learning Support Rotorua
Postponed until 2021. Watch the newsletter for further details.

2019 – ‘Our Year’ (wAaron) – John Paul College (JPC), Rotorua

Sunshine books

Jenny Zou won a Sunshine On Line Competition in China.
She had to present a research topic on how Sunshine books have inspired her. There were 30,000 entries. Jenny’s prize was a trip to Rotorua.
Sunshine books asked John Paul College to host her for the week. 
We have been very fortunate to have this young lady attend our school. She has been working in 8 PR. 
Thank you to her buddy Annah Brown for making Jenny to so welcome. 

Reading is still very much in fashion at JPC. New Zealand books are loved in China 

National Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Award

Paulene Walsh, John Paul College, Rotorua was awarded an Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Award. She was nominated by the Rotorua Community.

She recognises all staff and community members who help support the learning support students. She also thanks Rotorua Energy Trust and John Paul College for sponsoring community education in Rotorua.

Paulene describes how their work seeks to break down barriers to learning including financial barriers – attendees only pay a gold coin donation while the community pays for the rest. They create a strong wrap around service which is important for everyone and knowing the educational thumbprint of every student is the key to every student’s success.

Formation of Wrap around care.  This includes Senior leaders,Deans, MOE, RTLB, School counselling team, Careers, gateway and Learning Support. All working together to make a difference to every student. 

It really does ‘Take a village to educate a child.’ John Baptist De La Salle. More detail about Paulene’s work and the award is available here.


Paulene Walsh pictured with Minister of Education Honorable Chris Hipkins and chairman of the Australian Scholarship group Mr Craig Dunstan, at Parliament House.

Dr Lucy Hone’s visit to the JPC Community

An Introduction to Wellbeing

John Paul College welcomed the community to a presentation from Lucy Hone PhD 

 “Resilience: how can we promote it in ourselves and others?”

Resilience is a frequently used, but in reality little understood term. Dr Lucy Hone has made it her mission over the last ten years to understand resilience – what it means, who has it, what enables it and prevents it.

In this lively Keynote presentation, Dr Hone shares her extensive research on the topic, combing her academic knowledge with personal insights gleaned from living through the Christchurch earthquakes and personal loss. Lucy’s talk is inspirational, insightful and above all practical as she translates key research findings for real world impact.

An Introduction to the Science & Practice of Whole-School Well being.

If you would like to download the presentation right click the link then click save link as.

Paulene became the Within School Additional Learning Support leader in 2016 for John Paul College. The overall schools Additional Learning support leader moved cities at the end of 2016. Maree Stewart and Paulene Walsh will co ordinate this role in 2017. They will provide opportunities for the special education needs co ordinators and Additional Learning Needs students to have professional development.

Amerents is The Learning Support Co ordinator for JPC. She  works in  the Learniing Hub supporting the Senco, TA’s, classroom teachers and The Kahui Ako. -Take the picture from photo life please.Can you also change for Patrick- principal for 18 years not 13. He would appreciate this .Could you also add to his profile Chairperson of the SIEBA Board and Deputy Chair of the Teaching Council.

  • Are the point of contact for parents, caregivers and outside agencies.
  • Coordinate National Standards testing with Judith Smallbone and carry our Entrance testing of new students coming to John Paul College
  • Assist Teachers to identify students with special needs and help implement programmes to suit these students. Coordinate special learning programmes, i.e. Successmaker, Accelerated Reader and Reading Comprehension programmes. These programmes are tailor-made to the students.
  • Assist Deputy Principal with applications for Reader Writer assistance and coordinate Reader Writer assistance for students who have been identified with specific needs.
  • Compile and update a Special Needs Register.
  • Operate School’s Policies for students with special needs – Behaviour and Academic.
  • Coordinate and manage special needs staff.
  • Contribute to Professional Development of Staff and teacher aides. Support Teacher Aides and teachers with their roles.
  • Support and work alongside Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB). Liaise with all outside agencies when necessary to support students and parents.
  • Report to the Board of Trustees on a regular basis.
  • Coordinate the testing of National Standards in year 7 and 8.
  • Make funding applications to RTLB central cluster for year 11-13 funding for special projects i.e. Academic Mentoring.

Teacher Aides supporting individual and small groups are:

Teacher Aides operating special programmes are:

Julie Stevenson

Julie coordinates an Accelerated Reader programme. This reading programme is offered to all year 7-8 students to increase their reading mileage. Julie also supports the English programme in year 7-8 targeting comprehension skills.

Natalie Eramus

Operates a computer programme called the ‘Steps programme.’ This programme has an in-built “intelligent tutor” which adapts the course content to meet the needs of each student. The Steps programme targets literacy and numeracy, and operates as an in-school and after-school programme. Natalie also offers guided and structured writing tuition during school and after school hours.

Alison Ramson

Mrs Alison Ramson is the Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB). Alison supports the John Paul College staff with the learning and behaviour needs of our students. Additionally, she helps implement on going training and professional development. As part of the Community of Learning we also have another RTLB working with us. Her name is Erika Locke. Erika helps provide support to all the schools in our Col. She will work with Paulene Walsh and Marie Stewart this year in providing professional development in the area of Additional Learning Needs. Erika was a member of the Board of Trustees for many years she has a good insight into how a Catholic School operates. We also are very fortunate to have Amiria Papuni join us as our Ministry of Education representative MOE for our Col. She also will provide support and professional development to our Community of Learning.

All members of the Learning Support Centre may be contacted by emailing:

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