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Principal's Welcome 

Friday, 7th February 2020

Tēnā Koutou

A very big congratulations to those students who gained a scholarship in last year’s NZ Scholarship exams.  Overall, our students gained 41 scholarships, including 3 outstanding scholarships. This is the highest in the school’s history and again places Glendowie College among the top academic schools in NZ.  I especially mention Callum Collier who gained four scholarships, and was the 2nd top student in NZ for German.

A lot of work and support is given by staff, whānau and the students to achieve at this level. Well done to everyone involved, including those who attempted the exam but missed out.

Our year 12 students also set a new record for the number of year 12 students passing Level 2 NCEA and gaining either a merit or excellence endorsement.  Over 95% of year 12 students passed NCEA in 2019, and two thirds of these gained a merit or excellence endorsement.  These are the best results at year 12 at the college.

An oddity of NCEA is that final statistics are not released until a bit later in the year.  I will share these when they are released to the college.

Start-up / Year 9 Parents Evening

Thanks to everyone involved in the school start-up. Though busy, things seemed to have run smoothly this year.  A reminder to parents of year 9 students that we have our Year 9 Parents Information Evening in the school hall on Wednesday 12 February, starting at 5:00pm to meet you and share some information about the college.  I look forward to meeting you.

Term 1 Calendar

Term 1 is a very busy term with a number of school events happening.  Swimming sports, year 9 camps, Athletics Day and much more.  You can find information about what is happening at the college on the calendar on our website (www.gdc.school.nz).

Coronavirus Update

We are continuing to liaise with the Ministries of Health and Education.  At this stage, the Ministry of Education has advised us that foreign nationals from mainland China (not including Hong Kong or Taiwan) are not being allowed to enter New Zealand. This has affected a small number of international students, and we are working with them and their families.  We have a small number of students who have self-isolated.  They will return to school when the advised timeline for self-isolation has elapsed.

Don’t Get Sucked In

The NZ Asthma Foundation has launched an online resource to educate our rangatahi (young people) about vaping, and its impact on their health.  The website is ‘dontgetsuckedin.co.nz’. It also includes various social media communications.  I really appreciate the Foundation’s work to fill the void of communicating important information to young adults in Aotearoa/New Zealand.


Richard Dykes



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