Happy Steve

Innovation and Learning

Start with clarity of intent.

Now build it out with an evocative vision. Improvise progress by tinkering: with lots of trial and lots of error. The not knowing is the best bit: the mysteries the surprises, and from time to time the windfalls! 

Hello there, I'm Steve Collis! 

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What Visitors Notice About My School

Whole letter

We have regular groups of visitors to our school, especially this year. (Click here to visit yourself)

Just recently a group of educators from New Zealand, lead by Sue Ashworth and Mandy Dempsey spent the day with us. They sent this letter to us afterwards: (reproduced here with permission).

Click here to download letter, or read on...

Let me quote some bits of it:

"Dear Anne As I sit here trying to write this letter, I honestly don’t know where to begin! Over a week later, and my mind is still buzzing with all the wonderful and inspirational activities and ideas, gained from NBCS. I really do believe that your amazing school has it all!

What a lovely thing to say! 

That's why I stay in my job and have no intention of leaving!


They quote an unofficial school motto "Do, then think!":

Do then think

This is why our school has changed so much since I joined 8 years ago. We take action NOW, and if it gets messy, it gets messy. We are not living in an age when you can afford to pause. We pause and reflect AFTER the fact, and make tactical corrections. No time for caution!


I was delighted to read this:


Exactly! Like I wrote about recently: It's not about the technology.


Yes! Because it is all about the students!  The whole point of visiting my school is to talk to the students - see them in the process of learning. 


Yes this is very much a brag blog post, but not about me, about my school. Come and see - we'd love to have you visit.


Let me finish with this tweet from Chris Betcher after he visited with a colleague last Friday: