Ad Augusta Term 4 December 2015
Dear Parents and Guardians
This is the last newsletter for the year, a copy of which is also delivered to our incoming Year 8 families. I have been delighted with the progressions of 2015 and, in reflecting on the year, thank the very many parents and community members who have contributed to the developments of 2015.
Particular highlights for me include the raft of student achievement on so many activities and pursuits. Takapuna Grammar School gaining the highest allocation of scholarships from Victoria University in New Zealand is included in this. The students have, this year, been so very impressive and have been engaged in school and the activities it offers to them. Many past pupils have kept in contact this year, too, and they regularly comment on how well prepared the school has made them for whatever they do beyond their final year, whether tertiary study or employment options. It has been satisfying to receive these themes this year. In celebrating the year, I also include the celebration of the 100% pass for the 2014 International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates, as their results came through to us this year.
I am particularly proud of the securing the $26,000,000.00 for the Main Building refurbishment, which also includes new building. This provides the iconic building with a bright future, enabling its ability to serve future generations of students at Takapuna Grammar School while maintaining its historic significance. I am proud of the prerogatives we have placed around student engagement and think we have made great progress on the initiatives of ASPIRE and PERFORM, currently appointing leadership roles to these areas. I am also very proud of the Manaaki Mentoring progress, which we introduced this year. It has started well and, in securing its longevity, I am very keen to gain the view of the parents and students of the school. To this end we have made a link available: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3D6C9PX
, for you and your students to give to us the feedback. It is a simple process. I will be highlighting this link to the students on their return to school. If you would like to complete it early, it is available now.
Enrolments for 2016 have been arriving strongly. We are attempting to keep the roll steady at 1700 students despite families moving in-zone to secure a place. We are lucky to be in this position. It enables us to make strong predictions in regards to the funding for the school, particularly when we are preparing to fit out the new buildings and newly refurbished Main Building with equipment and furniture.
Next year is a busy year for the school with much construction around the site, an election process for the Takapuna Grammar School Board of Trustees, as the current membership come to the end of their term, and the selection of a new Principal. Please let me know if you are interested in the role of a Trustee, as I, and others, will be happy to explain the significance of the role.
In closing, I would like to thank the community for their support and recognition following the recent announcement of my appointment to King’s College. This support has been overwhelming. In the meantime, I look forward to leading Takapuna Grammar School through Term 1 next year, keeping up business as usual.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. I look forward to seeing you all next year, particularly those students who start their secondary career at Takapuna Grammar School.
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