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2019 Head Prefects

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The Concert Band

Principal's Welcome 

Friday, 27th September 2019

Kia Ora,

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Wiki o te Reo Māori ki te Kura tuarua o Glendowie. Welcome to Māori Language Week at Glendowie College. This week we have celebrated the Māori language at the college, including the Haka competition yesterday – one of the highlights of our calendar. Thanks to the student leaders who led their houses and made this wonderful event happen.

Head Prefects

I am pleased to announce our Head and Deputy Head Prefects for 2020. Congratulations to:

  • Meghana Bandlamudi (Head Prefect)
  • Avinaash Krishnan (Head Prefect)
  • Maggie Gibson (Deputy Head Prefect)
  • Sean Gibbs (Deputy Head Prefect)

I and the other staff involved in selecting these positions were impressed with the calibre of all applicants. I look forward to working with Meghana, Avinaash, Maggie, Sean and the other prefects in 2020.

Goodbye Term 3

As always, it is hard to believe that the term is finished. A lot has happened, thanks to the work of staff, students and volunteers. Each year, we have annual goals that we prioritise with the Board. Below is some brief feedback on our 2019 goals:

  • Implementing the Middle Years Programme (MYP)

  This year, teachers taught MYP across the whole year 9 curriculum with newly designed reports to parents. We also expanded the community project to more year 10 students. The MYP continues to focus our professional learning and development for staff.

  • Endorsements and Scholarships

  We have identified and supported students on the cusp of gaining NCEA Endorsed with Merit or Excellence, and continued to support students aiming to gain a NZ Scholarship. In the last two weeks, we have run scholarship workshops, including a special Scholarship Writing workshop.

  • Wellbeing
    Gordon Robertson and Andrea Curtis have led the development of a wellbeing framework at the college, with Wednesday professional learning dedicated to staff wellbeing. Beyond being a good employer, our logic is that staff are better equipped to support students when they are well. We had Jake Bailey, former Head Student at Christchurch Boys High School and now public speaker, speak to staff and students about his personal experiences and thoughts on wellbeing.          

Building Projects

We also began two major building projects, the new Science Block and the new Weights Room / Garages. We are now planning for the next stage of our Campus Vision, which we hope to roll straight into following the construction of the Science Block.


Arts Awards

Last night, we celebrated the arts at Glendowie College. It has been a fantastic year in Arts, with new staff joining our team and continuing to provide a wide range of high quality opportunities for our students. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Arts in some way in 2019, especially our leaders – Clare Jennings (Faculty Leader), Andrew Lile (Head of Music) and Adele Whittaker (Head of Visual Arts).


At assembly last week, I spoke briefly to senior students to ensure that they carve out some time during the holidays to rest and unwind, and to start preparing for NCEA. Both are important.

Next term, there is only 2½ weeks of school for seniors, and only 3½ weeks before NCEA exams start. Through their internal and external (school exam) results, students will have a clear idea of how they are placed to achieve in NCEA this year and what they need to do to succeed.

If your child does not have a plan now, take some time to talk with him or her about what they need to focus on and when they are going to do this. They should be clear about what standards they will sit in the NCEA exams, and what content they need to study to be ready for these.

I hope that you and your whānau enjoy a restful holiday period.


Ngā mihi nui,

Richard Dykes



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