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12/3/12: visit to Pembroke Hall High School

At the invitation of Carol Dyce-Smith, who came to Reading with us in 2010 and was at the dinner on Saturday, went to Pembroke Hall High School, just to the north of Kingston today.  Pembroke Hall is a shift school, so there are two quite distinct groups of pupils and teachers, one attending 7am. to 12 noon, the other from 12 noon to 5pm.  Below is the cultural area:














With various key messages communicated around.  Don't know whether this is visible from the picture below, "Up, up you mighty race you can accomplish what you will....Marcus Garvey"














Also this has strong resonances across the world as far as I'm aware:














And the following I think is particularly profound in a Jamaican context:














Little point in escaping one form of slavery only to go straight into another.

Led a workshop looking at problem solving.  My thanks particularly to John Hibbs HMI for one of the activities.  I first met John when he was my inspector at Leicester in the academic year 2001-2, and we've kept in touch off and on since then.  It is from him that I discovered the 'Obelisk' collaborative task, where cards are distributed amongst team members, with a very strict rule that team members may not show each other their cards, but may read them out.  It's a great group task that worked really well, with the teachers saying they'd like to do it or an adaptation with their classes.  So, John, thanks for bringing it to my attention initially and also for sending me the links a few weeks ago, much appreciated!

At the end the thanks were overwhelming.  A very nice card, including, "Your presentation was very exciting and motivating", "Yea!  Presentation was great.  Nuff respect!" and other lovely comments.  And I was taken aback to be given a mug and a basket of fruit, here with Carol in the yellow top and Miss Smith telling me what some of the more unfamiliar - to me - fruits are:














So many thanks to Carol and colleagues at Pembroke Hall High, a great day, wonderful to be able to share with you, I trust that some of the ideas will be useful to you in the weeks and months ahead.

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