Today we’re talking to Sam Forward from Ellesmere College in Christchurch. I have been fortunate enough to develop a nice friendship and working relationship with Sam over the last few months. We both attended the Japan Sports Forum spending a few weeks exploring Tokyo and I was quite impressed with Sam’s no nonsense approach and ability to apply a critical lens to many of the situations and engagements we found ourselves in. This critical approach is an important skill both in life and probably more importantly in front of our students where we should be role modelling this as much as possible.
We spend a little time recapping our trip to Japan, discussing the differences between New Zealand and Japanese approaches to Physical Education and Sport. But most of our discussion is related to Sam’s experiences as an Across School Lead Teacher for his Ngā Mātāpuna o te Waihora Kahui Ako.
Sam is a passionate educator who adds tremendous value not only to the Physical Education community, but to teaching across New Zealand in General.