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Friday, 29th September 2017
As I write this newsletter, we are in the aftermath of the recent election and waiting on our politicians to decide who will be our next government and what their policy agenda will be over the next three years.
I hope education will be near the top of this agenda. Through the Auckland Secondary Schools Principals Association, I am on a Ministry of Education working group looking at Teacher Supply in Auckland. You may have read about the issue in the media.
The concern of Auckland Principals, primary and secondary, is that an already significant shortage of teachers will worsen as Auckland’s population continues to swell and too few young New Zealanders are going into teaching to replace an ageing workforce. The government must act decisively … now … to head off a growing crisis.
It is also interesting to see new young MPs coming into parliament. Chloe Swarbrick, the new Green MP, will be New Zealand’s youngest MP in more than 40 years. She is only 5 years older than many year 13 students. Might one of our students leaving Glendowie College also enter parliament in five years’ time? Given the maturity and success of our young adults by the time they leave Glendowie College, I look forward to seeing this.
Thank you to everyone who involved in the Arts Awards evening last week. Unfortunately, I was ill and unable to attend. This evening celebrates the extraordinary artistic talent of our students, and the leadership of key students (e.g. Freda Song and Jack Barter – Arts Prefects) and staff. Well done to all students who received awards at the prize giving.
Holidays and Looking Forward
I wish you and your family well over the next two weeks. Whether you head away or stay local, I hope you get to relax with friends and family.
For senior students, it is important to take some time out to relax. They are now in the final straight towards NCEA and taking some of the holidays to rest and recharge mentally is important before the final term.
Accelerate Learning Programme (ALP)
As previously stated, the ALP continues at Glendowie College. The students will remain together in their core academic classes and continue with the same extension curriculum as they currently do.
The only change for ALP students, like all other year 9 students, will be a new form class as we shift students between form classes as part of the new house structure starting in 2018.
Similarly, the Middle Years’ Programme (MYP) will not change the ALP structure. We will continue to have ALP classes in the years ahead. Our vision is that the MYP will greatly benefit ALP (and all) students through its focus on global contexts, inquiry learning and clear academic rigour.
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