College – Issue 36

performance sport had drastically changed during his time as coach of the Crusaders, assistant coach of the All Blacks, coach of the Australian Wallabies and the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan. Robbie pointed out the roles are far more complex than they used to be because of bigger coaching teams, increasing stakeholder involvement and the high demands of the professional era. The big

Robbie shares his leadership experience The CTER in partnership with our colleagues at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, continues to organise Middle Leadership Seminars for teaching staff. This term we had the privilege of hosting Old Boy Robbie Deans who spoke to us about his perspectives on leadership and discussed some of the challenges he has faced during his illustrious coaching career. Robbie focused on the importance of developing a strong organisational culture characterised by continuous improvement and positive relationships. He stressed the importance of developing listening skills and building the capacity of others to be leaders in their own right, and discussed how the role of coaching and leadership in high into the Christ’s College Teaching Standards. Staff aspire to excel in these criteria with the support of the Heads of Teaching & Learning. of teaching and learning and, as a consequence, improving student outcomes. Performance development is the process of identifying, evaluating and developing teaching through coaching, so our goals and objectives are more effectively achieved, while at the same time benefiting staff in terms of recognition, receiving feedback, catering for professional needs and offering support. The aim of coaching is to challenge teachers in a constructive manner, to help them reflect critically on their practice, and to be responsive and responsible for their teaching and learning. Last year the Heads of Teaching & Learning adapted the Teaching Council’s six teaching criteria

challenge Robbie laid down to us, was to ensure we can utilise the collective capacity of the people around us. Given his experiences and the opportunities he has had, Robbie was able to share some fascinating and humorous stories about his life as a coach at the highest level of sport. We all are looking forward to the next leadership seminar.

College Issue 36 2019


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