Lessons from the chalkface is the wonderings of learning and leading from Simon Marshall, who is currently Principal of Newbury School just outside of Palmerston North.

Prior to Newbury School, Simon was Principal of Kumeroa-Hopelands School just outside of Woodville for two years. At Kumeroa-Hopelands School, Simon embedded a more robust Teaching as Inquiry model, introduced BYOD, e-Portfolios  and lead a change in school name, logo design and teaching spaces. Most importantly, Simon worked with staff to develop a more innovative pedagogy around working in a collaborative space.

Simon completed the National Aspiring Principals Programme in 2014 where he  carried out an inquiry around ‘Leading school-wide change in e-Learning – implementing BYOD across a school.’ Later on, during 2016, Simon completed the First Time Pincipals’ Programme.

Simon has taught from Year 3 to Year 8. Most recently, Simon was a Team Leader at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School (PNINS). Simon led the e-Learning team at PNINS and introduced ePortfolios for both students and teachers to document their learning. During 2015, Simon and the e-Learning team implemented BYOD across the school.

Simon has also taught at Central Normal School where he lead Physical Education and worked alongside the assistant principal to lead Gifted and Talent Education (GATE) across the school. He has also taught internationally at Kerem Preparatory School and Glendower Preparatory School in London. Simon started his teaching career, after completing a Master of Education through Massey University, at Winchester Primary School in Palmerston North.

You can email Simon should you wish to contact him.



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