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Friday, 7th June 2019

Kia Ora Tātou

Industrial Action

At the time of writing, the college has just been informed that after discussions between the PPTA and the Minister of Education, the rostering home of Year 10 students scheduled for next week has been cancelled. There has been no further information whether there will be any change to the rolling strikes and rostering home of Year 11 and 12 proposed for later in the month.

It is a frustrating time for all of us. It is interesting comparing workloads and stressors on students and teachers now with six years ago when I was last Acting Principal. People are working so much harder these days and the need to look after personal wellbeing is so much greater. Increased student stress has led to a greater need for pastoral care which in turn impacts on the teachers’ role. The recent changes proposed for NCEA look promising as a way to reduce student assessment load, but they will take time to implement. Compared with other countries, we do over-assess our students with the resultant impact on student and staff workload.

We are fortunate with the quality of teaching staff we have at Glendowie College, but there is a teacher shortage nationwide. However, with some of the stories being told in the media to highlight the plight of teachers in addition to the relative decline in comparative earnings of teachers, I do worry that we will not attract the best people into the profession. Teaching can be wonderfully rewarding, with the potential to significantly influence young people’s lives. It is a pity that rather than the joys of learning and education being promoted, it is the negative aspects of the job which are being highlighted.

Farewell to Mr Hurndell

Mr Joseph Hurndell, Dean of Tāwhirimātea house and History/Social Studies teacher finishes with us on Friday, 7 June 2019. He has been promoted to Acting Faculty Leader Social Sciences at Wairarapa College in Masterton. Joseph has been a wonderful teacher, Dean and colleague. His common sense, empathy for students and Dad jokes will be missed. We wish him all the best.

Ms Julie Barrack, who was Assistant Dean, will become Dean of Tāwhirimātea and Ms Jessica Pittwood will be Assistant Dean.


Gordon Robertson

Acting Principal


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