Flew red eye to Chch, carry on luggage only, rental van, try to arrive 830 at first school, which should get you ahead in terms of getting to all 3 schools. debrief 3 to 4pm, free time, dinner.
Arrive at 830 on day 2 at first school. Debrief in airport lounge. Catch a late plane home 6pm or so, which eliminates stress on the road and at check-in.
Two days was enough, three would have been too many days away from home and classroom, and it would have sunk our banked staffing.
Six schools was a rush (but worth it), time your travel well, be planned, have the cell numbers of the future visitors so you can text ETA's.
Visit a range of deciles, include a private school too.
Do your homework on the principals, they hold the key to the schools performance.
Debrief all the ideas, surface features are as important and big ideas, make sure everyone gets a say.
Have a chat with the school well before you arrive so they know what you are keen on looking at.
Take the chance to invite the school principals you visited to join you for dinner, you get a chance to ask a few deeper questions.
Accommodation is too easy to scab on, make an effort.
We have some great ideas being flicked around and now i'm looking forward to the next 12 heading to Wellington, as well as a local tour in Aukalani.