Mr Kemp NZ

My big move to Singapore

So … After several years of plans to move overseas it has finally happened. We have had an extremely busy last few weeks with Christmas, our wedding and our big move to Singapore all happening within 2 weeks.
Now that we are married and are in a big new world, things are very different. So I have found myself with a few spare minutes and I am able to write a quick post about this experience to date. Four months ago I started applying to recruitment companies to work in a few countries in South East Asia. This proved unsuccessful so I began to do the private thing. I contacted several school’s in Singapore and Hong Kong and through some of my Twitter networking I was able to get a couple of Skype interviews. After my second interview I was lucky enough to be offered a job teaching year three children in an Australian curriculum school in Singapore. Needless to say it was accepted and the move was on. With very little knowledge about Singapore I packed my bags and now here I am. It is amazing and I am very excited to be here. Only three days into our move.
I have just spent my first 2 days at my new school and things are very different to back at home, as is always expected in a new country. I have spent today learning about the new Australian curriculum and I am feeling a little bit more excited about getting stuck in. This year I am teaching a class of 24 year four children which is New Zealand year five. I saw my classroom for the first time today and that made things real. My classroom is small by New Zealand standards but it is so exciting to have a great space and a GREAT team to work with. Things are going to be brilliant once our furniture arrives. At the moment we have make shift furniture which will do the trick until the NEW stuff arrives.
The biggest change for me has been the change from my old school with technology. I worked so hard in my old school with the principal to get our school to where it was with technology in classrooms being used as learning tools. Now I am in a great school which has some technology but is in the process of introducing more school wide. Each class does have an interactive whiteboard and I have been informed today that we have a pod of 25 netbooks for our Primary campus which is very exciting. I shared my old class wikispace with some staff today who were blown away. I must admit that although it is overwhelming to be here in a new environment I am still very excited and in fact I am looking forward to helping them in the journey towards using more ICT for learning and making it an even more exciting place to learn because from what I have seen the teachers are outstanding. For me it starts in my classroom now.
I will be using technology to the best of my ability and we will be creating a class wikispace initially and looking forward to more technology based introductions as the year goes on. If you are keen to be a part of helping me start up a reflective wikispace and being a regular Skype buddy with my class I would be greatly appreciative. So …….. Tomorrow is an exciting day as I get to work with my primary team to put together our plans for term one using the new curriculum. Then I have my classroom to set up and an apartment to sort out and move into. Then next week the real journey begins as the children are back. Three words sum up my journey to date and in the near future: exciting, scary and the big unknown. I would love to have you along on my journey …..
Please feel free to comment and please retweet if you are on twitter or forward on to teaching colleagues. Good luck to all of my other teaching friends as they begin their school year. I will be thinking of you and can’t wait to share more experiences with you.

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Craig Kemp

Craig Kemp

I am a passionate Global EdTech Consultant based in Singapore but working with Schools and EdTech companies all over the world. I am a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. I love to inspire others and find inspiration. Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD.

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  • Please excuse my lack of paragraphing and images. I have just started using my iPad for this and just getting use to editing my blog from here. I promise it will get better.

  • Wow Craig – sounds exciting but also, daunting! This adventure is going to impact hugely on your teaching and philosophy! Enjoy and celebrate every chance you get! I look forward to getting a glimpse of your journey by seeing photos and reading more! All the best! 🙂

  • Hi Craig,
    I’m glad to read your new adventure.
    One thing to always keep in mind over those first few months is culture shock. I know the first few months I was in Asia (and then back in NZ my reactions to situations were more extreme esp over the few months when the good stuff seems absolutely amazing and the bad well.

    Hope things go well


  • I look forward to hearing your updates! I too have moved schools (within NZ) and have gone from a high-tech school to one who is just beginning their e-learning journey. Although I’m feeling a little daunted by it, I’m looking forward to sharing with them what I have done and to be on thier journey with them.

  • Hi Craig. Great to read your post – I was wondering how you were getting on.

    If you’d like to set up some kind of ebuddy system with our class let me know. We could skype everynow and then and our guys have individual blogs yours could read / comment on? Just a couple of ideas.

    Have a great term!

  • Thank you all so much for the lovely comments and messages and apologies for the delay in replying I have been flat out busy at my new school and the school holidays have been spent lounging about in Bali – back now and wanting to keep my blog updated – if there is anything people would like to see or read about or learn about please let me know 🙂

    Mark – would love to set something up – taking baby steps here but all very exciting 🙂 Laptop pod is fully functional and using it most days and integrating which is very exciting and something new for our school.

    Stay in touch


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