We are delighted to announce as from January 2019 Fiona Crawford will be our Director of Future-focused Learning and Innovation. In this newly created role Fiona will collaborate with and support teachers across the school to embrace the use of advanced technologies, new pedagogies, innovation and culturally responsive practices in their teaching to enhance student learning.
Previously, as HOD Humanities, Fiona was honoured to be selected for a three-week study tour to Israel in January 2018, sponsored by the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand and the Adelson Family Foundation. Fiona and her 25 fellow New Zealand educators were hosted by the Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem.
Probably the most moving experience for Fiona was visiting Oskar Schindler’s grave with Eva Lavi, a Schindler survivor, and talking about Schindler’s work for which Yad Vashem awarded him the title ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ in 1962.
For Fiona, the trip to Israel was an amazing experience that meant a lot to her both educationally and spiritually. Now back at Marsden, Fiona has said that she is inspired by the ethos of Yad Vashem and she plans to bring this perspective to her teaching.
We are extremely proud that Fiona was chosen to participate in this very special study tour and know that the girls at Marsden will benefit hugely from her experience.