Juliet Collins: Equity and Excellence – changing class placement at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School

Juliet Collins is Assistant Principal – Curriculum, at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School; a role she has held for 10 years. Before that, she was the Leader of the Visual Arts Faculty at Rangi Ruru, and previously at Epsom Girls’ Grammar School. She is also NZQA Principal’s Nominee and has been involved in numerous MOE and NZQA reference groups. While being a passionate advocate for equitable assessment practice in the Visual Arts, Juliet was involved in standards writing, standards alignment, and external moderation and has led marking panels over her extensive career. This creativity now extends to systems development, collaborative practice, assessment, and innovative course design across all curriculum areas.

Equity and Excellence – changing class placement at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School

A high achieving, traditional model that is working well for our learners – or is it? All our learners achieve well, so it must be working…mustn’t it? All learners mould to the model we provide…don’t they? Challenging assumptions of ‘it isn’t broken, why fix it’, in 2021 Rangi Ruru embarked on a journey of aligning class placements with our graduate profile aspirations. We will share the process that we went through, the change model that provided the impetus, and feelings from our teaching staff, objections from parents and misgivings from our Board. Now, nearly half a year into the changes we will share how the journey is tracking and what we would do again and what we would do differently. "We have to dig deep and find the strength to move into the uncomfortable spaces, even when we feel tired and, sometimes, overwhelmed. At those times we need to commit to the change because it is the right thing, and the just thing, to do." Hana O’Regan

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