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Friday, 6th December 2019
Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou
Season’s Greetings for Christmas and the New Year
This week we have reflected on 2019, and started to look to 2020. We had a wonderful Leavers’ Dinner on Wednesday night and the Junior Prizegiving on Thursday morning. Congratulations to all of our prize winners.
We also had next year’s Prefects in for a training day, led by Mrs Hewetson, Ms Rothbart and other staff. It was great to see the next generation of leaders and their excitement to take up leadership in 2020.
Looking back, it has been another busy and successful year at Glendowie College. Our students have achieved incredibly well, thanks to the contributions of our student leaders, staff, parents, whānau, and other friends of the school. Together we provide our young people or rangatahi, with an amazing range of opportunities.
On the property front, we opened our new tennis/netball courts and multi turf hockey field, our new Fitness Centre and garages open today for use, and the Science Block is steadily rising. The foundations are almost finished, and work on the walls is planned to start over the holidays.
Over the holidays, we will install a sculpture which was donated to the college by our year 13 students – the class of 2019. This is a beautiful piece of art for our campus and future students.
The school has also been working on our plans for 2020. Next year, our goals are:
Next year we will deliver the full MYP curriculum across years 9 and 10. This has been a long and exciting journey, and we are seeing good results with regard to student achievement, learner agency and greater awareness of global perspectives.
We started work on this in 2019 and will continue this important initiative. The task group has developed a framework that develops students’ skills such as emotional awareness and regulation, mindfulness, managing performance and performance stress and relationship skills. It also helps students learn how to take responsibility, be confident in and proud of their identity, accept challenge, and know that no matter what, life can and will get better.
For reasons articulated in an earlier newsletter, staff are working on a school-based assessment framework to replace Level 1 NCEA in 2021 and which will better prepare students for Levels 2 and 3 NCEA, and NZ Scholarship.
Next year, the school will also embark on the next stage of our Campus Vision.
The Board has agreed to progress the school’s plans for a new Learning Centre, Student Wellbeing Centre and Whare Wananga. Our hope is to start construction in 2021 after the new Science Block opens. I will share more information about these important projects in the new year.
You may have heard in the media that the Government promised us and other schools a bonus $400,000 towards property development. This has come completely out of the blue and is a welcome contribution to the college. We hope to put this toward the Student Wellbeing Centre, which will bring the various student services (guidance, deans, careers, nurse etc) into a single, holistic space for students and whānau to access.
Next year will be another busy and exciting year.
Until then, have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday with whānau and friends. Whether you are holidaying locally or abroad, travel safely and I look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Keep well // Noho oro mai
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