The first step towards forming a common agenda for Shine was a summit held in June 2013. The summit was attended by about 200 people. View the photos taken at the Shine Summit day here.
Participants in the Shine process have emphasised:
- The value of full participation in formal education
- The importance of three transitions - beginning primary and secondary school and leaving college
- The importance of the relationships among communities and their schools
The summit discussed priorities that fell within the scope of the Porirua City Community Outcome ‘Learning for Life’. The way the Shine process aligns with the City strategy is being discussed in the context of Porirua City Council Annual Planning for 2014-2015. Current issues are identified in a submission on the draft Annual Plan. Submission on the PCC Annual Plan in 2014
At the Summit, Cathy Wylie from NZCER (New Zealand Council of Educational Research) provided an overview of current issues in education (Participants notes taken during Cathy Wylie presentation) and Pat Snedden described the work of Manaikalani Trust.
Nine priority headlines were selected by the participants.
- Porirua schools are schools of choice
- Unity in the community
- Porirua: land of the long white e-cloud
- ECE participation rates reach 100% in Porirua
- Porirua City becomes a single campus – potential drives learning
- It’s happening in Porirua – parent, school, business, community engagement rising
- Porirua learns from its kids
- Porirua wins awards for most innovative learning spaces
- Huge shortage of low skilled workers in Porirua
After the summit, the Mayor, who had opened the summit, continued the conversation with Cathy Wylie in the video (to the left). Similar themes were addressed in May 2014 at the graduation of the 1500th person completing the Computers in Home programme offered by E-Learning Porirua.