Connecting Education and Communities Workshop

The Connecting Education and Communities Workshop held in Rotorua in October 2014 aimed to increase awareness between education and community groups of need for  greater connectedness.


The workshop was sponsored by the Wellington-based JR McKenzie Trust in partnership with Inspiring Communities, Excel Rotorua, the Rotorua Community Youth Centre, Rotorua Trust and the Rotorua Principal's Association.


Barbara MacLennan of Inspiring Communities helped organise the event and said there was a huge awareness in Rotorua of the disconnect between many families and whanau and education and training.


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Keynote speaker Mark Brown, the former principal of Victory School who helped to transform the school and the community in Nelson.  Mark spent a year recently working on community and school relations.


Discussions around the various streams of workshops, including cultural and identity in education; parent-led and community organisation-led initiatives working effectively with schools; and effective ways to re-engage students and families/whanau in education and training.


The workshop was launched by Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick who said the old adage that it takes a village to raise a child was so true in Rotorua.


"To embrace this ideal,  will take a shift in everyone's thinking."  While each person at the workshop might have the right idea, they needed to put it together with each other's idea.


The work being done currently in Rotorua through the Excel project must be sustainable, she said.



For more information

For more information and details on the Rotorua Connecting Education and Communities Event and followup, and about Inspiring Communities, contact

Barbara MacLennan 0274252277,


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For more information about JR McKenzie Trust's Connecting Education and Communities Strategy, learning, and funding, see 





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