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Principal's Welcome 

Tuesday, 22nd January 2019

Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou

Happy New Year

Welcome back to the new year at Glendowie College, especially our new students and whānau. I hope you enjoyed a relaxing summer holiday with friends and family.

2019 will be busy and exciting at the college. I look forward to meeting you at the various evenings, sports and other occasions through the first term. The first of these being a Year 9 parents’ evening on Wednesday, 13 February.

Construction Work over the Holidays

The college has been busy over the holidays with construction crews relocating the Student Services building to opposite the old gym, and two relocatable classrooms to the field behind the Music Block, as well as starting the new netball/tennis courts in front of the Moore gym.

A big patch of bare land inside gate 3 now awaits the construction of our new Science block. The Ministry has advised us that tenders will go out late in term 1, with construction targeted to start in July.

School Startup

Overleaf are the various details about the start of the 2019 school year. This information is also available on our website. Please contact the college office if you have any questions.

New Deputy Principal – Ms Trudy Gibb

I am pleased to announce that we have appointed Ms Trudy Gibb to the position of Deputy Principal. Until now Trudy has been the Faculty Leader of Social Sciences and most recently ‘Across Schools Leader’ for the college in the Glendowie Kahui Āko (Community of Learning).

We will very shortly advertise for a new Social Sciences Faculty Leader to replace Trudy.

Looking Ahead

2019 will be a busy year inside and outside the college. Secondary teachers began contract negotiations with the Ministry of Education in 2018 and are currently far from reaching an agreement. I expect strike action to take place from late February onwards. As well, there is the Tomorrow’s Schools report which, if fully implemented, will radically change education in New Zealand. I will provide more information about this later this term.

Inside the college we continue to implement the Middle Years Programme in years 9 and 10, alongside our other two annual goals of further raising NCEA endorsements and NZ Scholarships, and developing a student wellbeing programme at the college.

New Staff – 2019

Welcome to the following staff who join us in 2019.


  • Clare Jennings                   Faculty Leader, HOD Drama & Dance
  • Andrew Lile                         HOD Music
  • Adele Whittaker                 HOD Visual Arts
  • Oliver Humphries              Drama and Dance
  • Teri Shin                             Visual Arts
  • Sarrah Shapley                 Visual Arts and German 


  • Jonathan Barton                           
  • Amy Thomas                                  
  • Jonathan Spence               LTR (terms 1 & 2)                                
  • Sarah Conran                      LTR (term 1 & 2)
  • Melanie van Ansem           Faculty Leader (on maternity leave term 1&2)

Health & PE

  • Benjamin Lewis


  • Melisa Chase                        Te Reo Māori 


  • Jas Kaur


  • Aidan Wallace                       Physics

Social Sciences

  • Stephen Galt                          History
  • Angela Gray                           Social Studies and English 


  • Ena So                                     Food Technology 

Support Staff

  • Tara King                                Receptionist

A number of these staff take up new positions at the school that have been created to meet roll growth at the college. We expect our school roll, including international students, to reach close to 1,300 students in 2019.


Richard Dykes



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