Annual Goals

Each year the Senior Leadership Team (Principal and Deputy Principals) and Board of Trustees agree on specific strategic goals or 'major projects' for the year.  

These are significant projects affecting the whole school and will have a long-term benefit to the college, its students and the wider community.  They sit within the Board of Trustee's long-term 2019 - 2023 strategic plan.

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2019 Annual Goals

Junior Curriculum (MYP)

Senior Leader Responsible:   Sharon Hewetson

We will continue to implement the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Years 9 and 10, teaching the full Year 9 curriculum in 2019 and the full Year 10 curriculum in 2020.        

1.1    Teach the full MYP framework in Year 9 and one MYP unit in Year 10.

1.2    Expand the community project participation.

1.3    Develop teacher expertise, especially with regard to differentiation and assessment.

1.4    Further develop and embed systems and communications around the MYP.

1.5    Confirm the full Years 9 and 10 curriculum, especially with regard to language acquisition in Year 10.


Endorsements and Scholarship

Senior Leader Responsible:   Trudy Gibb

We will continue to develop and implement strategies to raise the number of Years 11 - 13 students achieving NZ Scholarship and NCEA endorsed with merit or excellence.

2.1    Support and develop strategies to promote NCEA endorsement... especially in Years 12 and 13.

2.2    Document, support and develop strategies to support students gaining NZ Scholarship.

2.3    Investigate and implement best practice from outside of Glendowie College.


Wellbeing Framework

Senior Leader Responsible:   Gordon Robertson

We will develop and implement a framework for teaching students the awareness and skills to effectively manage their own physical and mental wellbeing.

3.1    Develop and document a 'wellbeing framework'.

3.2    Develop resources and professional learning for staff and parents... and trial in Year 9 classes.

3.3    Clarify and develop the purpose and structure of form class.




2018 Annual Goals

Junior Curriculum (MYP)

Senior Leader Responsible:   Sharon Hewetson

We will implement the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Years 9 and 10 ready to teach the full Year 9 curriculum in 2019.        

1.1    Prepare and implement curriculum units of work in Years 9 and 10.

1.2    Further develop teacher expertise, knowledge and pedagogy to deliver the MYP and promote student agency in the classroom.

1.3    Communicate and inform our school community about the MYP.

1.4    Develop the policies and administration of the IB MYP, especially using Managebac and decide on necessary timetable changes to meet authorisation requirements.


Houses and Student Leadership

Senior Leader Responsible:   Gordon Robertson

We will embed the new houses, and enhance student leadership opportunities and training across all year levels.

2.1    Support the development of house identity and culture.

2.2    Further develop student leadership opportunities and training.

2.3    Provide professional learning for key staff, e.g. Assistant Deans, TIC of Year 13.

2.4    Further develop the pastoral care systems through the houses.


Endorsements and Scholarships

Senior Leaders Responsible:   Trudy Gibb & Praveen Chand

We will investigate and implement ways of raising the numbers of Years 11 - 13 students achieving NZ Scholarship and NCEA endorsed with merit or excellence.

3.1    Review NCEA and NZS achievement data at Glendowie College over the last 10 years. 

3.2    Review best practice in and outside of Glendowie College.

3.3    Develop and implement strategies to promote the number of endorsements and scholarships.

3.4    Continue to support the existing Scholarship programmes.


2017 Annual Goals

Junior Curriculum

Senior Leader Responsible:   Sharon Hewetson 

We will plan and prepare for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years' Programme (MYP).

1.1    We will plan and implement professional learning and development for administration and learning areas for the MYP.

1.2    We will review and align existing programmes within the MYP framework.

1.3    We will develop and transition to more inquiry learning and modern learning environments.


  • Invested heavily in professional learning, including a number of key staff attending IB training in New Zealand and overseas to learn about the MYP and translate it into the Glendowie context.
  • Incorporated the Wednesday morning staff professional learning time into staff's understanding and application of the MYP and related pedagogies such as inquiry learning.
  • Ran two teacher only days with all teachers to build a common understanding of the MYP and to develop a minimum of one Year 9 MYP unit.
  • Appointed key staff across all faculties to lead the introduction of MYP at a faculty level.
  • Purchased and successfully trialled a range of 'modern' furniture to support more student centred pedagogy.


House and Pastoral Review

Senior Leader Responsible:   Gordon Robertson

We will clarify the role of Form Teachers, and design the new houses and associated systems ready for implementation in 2018. Student leadership roles under the new structure will be defined and implemented.

2.1    We will clarify and develop the role of Form Teachers, Deans and Assistant Deans to support students.

2.2    We will finalise and implement the houses and pastoral systems ready for implementation in 2018.

2.3    We will determine and implement student leadership roles. 


  • Consulted with students and community about the new houses and house names. The final outcome was: Tāne Mahuta, Tāwhirimātea, Tangaroa and Rūaumoko.
  • Appointed new Deans, Assistant Deans and Teacher in Charge of Year 13 by the end of term 3 and worked with them to determine their job descriptions.
  • Appointed the 2018 Student Prefects under the new house and student leadership system, and successfully ran the first Prefects Camp after NCEA exams in term 4.
  • Organised Year 9 camps for 2018, with each house having a separate camp with year 13 Prefects and other student leaders attending.
  • Allocated students to the new houses, including reallocation of Years 10 - 12 students into new form classes to balance the new houses.
  • Communicated the rationale of the new houses to students, parents, staff and alumni.


Timetable Review

Senior Leader Responsible:   Richard Dykes

We will review the allocation of hours in the junior curriculum and the cycle structure of the school's timetable to best support student achievement.

3.1    We will investigate other schools with regard to their timetable and allocation of time between learning areas in Years 9 and 10.

3.2    We will review the time allocation between subjects in the junior school and the impact of this on student achievement in Years 9 & 10 and in the senior school.

3.3    We will review the impact of the timetable cycle structure on continuity and student learning.

3.4    We will decide on changes to the timetable and implement them ready for 2018.


  • Established a workgroup within CLT to investigate other schools.
  • Collected timetable data from over 20 schools around New Zealand and shared this with CLT.
  • Identified no clear (linea) link between timetable structures and academic achievement. Each school selected a timetable structure in response to their local needs (e.g. to improve student literacy) and/or philosophy.
  • The most common structure across the schools approached, was to have even allocations of time between subject areas.
  • CLT identified that giving extra time to Mathematics and English would have to come at the expense of other subjects, and the achievement of students in these areas.
  • CLT and SLT decided that there would be no changes to the timetable structure, as it was the school's philosophy that all learning areas have equal status.
  • CLT and SLT agreed to review EOTC procedures to minimise the impact of trips out of school on other learning areas.

Academic Targets

 In 2019 our NCEA achievement targets are:

  • Level 1 NCEA
      - 95% of year 11 students will achieve L1 NCEA
      - 80% of students passing L1 NCEA will do so endorsed with merit or excellence

  • Level 2 NCEA
      - 95% of year 12 students will achieve L2 NCEA
      - 65% of students passing L2 NCEA will do so endorsed with merit or excellence

  • Level 3 NCEA
      - 90% of year 13 students will achieve L3 NCEA
      - 65% of students passing L3 NCEA will do so endorsed with merit or excellence
      - students will gain 50 scholarships



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