There have been a number of notable achievements in 2017 that we can all be proud of. Our Sports Academy has enhanced sporting experiences and we have finished as one of Auckland’s top schools for sports records and awards. We had one of the very best years in terms of Music achievements too. The improved student leadership model now reinforces House leadership with the addition of eight new House Prefect roles. We have overhauled and improved real-time communication to our community through online service offerings for parents and caregivers. We successfully hosted community events and Reverend Roxy has started a blog to share her thoughts. Read it here. Next year, Kahunui will celebrate its 10th anniversary and I look forward to working with John and Christine Furminger on a Kahunui commemorative coffee table book – more on that in 2018. Other initiatives include putting our uniform shop online from 2018.
It really is an honour to work at St Cuthbert’s College with such passionate and dedicated staff. Education must continually adapt to meet the needs of a technologically-driven, global knowledge economy. Amidst this change, however, our aim continues to be leading the sector for girls’ education in New Zealand, and globally. Our challenge is to prepare every student to be the very best version of herself and to have the skills, knowledge and 21st century competencies to have a life full of purpose and positive influence. We know our seniors are thinking globally; 25% of this year’s Year 13 cohort are expected to attend international universities from 2018, an increase of 20% from the previous year.
Ten new curriculum leaders were recently appointed for 2018 curriculum development across the Middle and Senior Schools, within and between faculties. From 2018-2020, our strategic focus on Year 7-10 programmes aims to better scaffold the senior secondary academic years. Staff will research, scope, collaborate and innovate and gradually introduce new programmes for students by 2020, with pilots introduced in some disciplines from 2019. We will be guided in this process to ensure the pace is right for curriculum development, leadership, and innovation. Heads of Faculty will consider professional development and resourcing to support their staff. The Senior Leadership Team is excited about taking more staff on this journey and is looking forward to starting Term 1 with renewed energy and focus.
There is more to come in 2018, with a new brand campaign and more engagement with you, our parents and friends. We will hold three open days in 2018 and I look forward to meeting more of you.
Have a wonderful summer break with your daughters. They thoroughly deserve it. To our graduates – my very best wishes and I encourage you to make a positive impact on the world. Please stay in touch, as your stories will inspire girls following in your footprints. To our returning students, I look forward to seeing you refreshed and ready to embrace new opportunities in 2018.
Ms Roz Mexted, Principal