Zest for Learning

"Te Ihi ki te Ako"


Dear Alfriston College Family,

Happy New Year - Welcome to the start of another exciting year at Alfriston College!

Often within our school you will hear it said that Alfriston College is an environment in which learners are encouraged to Belong, Learn and Succeed. While this philosophy underpins all that we do and are within the walls of AC, we know that it is through you, our community, that our full potential can be unlocked.

It certainly takes a village to raise a child and as we begin this journey through 2015 together, we would like to invite you, our families to help us encourage our young people to invest in themselves this year and to believe in all they can be. As our board and staff continue to work together to create a learning environment that values individuality and empowers belonging, we believe it is you, our families, who are a key ingredient to their future success.

We wish to express our gratitude to those of you who have been actively involved in our school whether it has been through supporting your own child, advocating for others or enabling opportunities through a voluntary role, we thank you.

Much was celebrated here at AC last year but we also know it is important to continue to improve and for that we must take time to pause and reflect. A key focus of our school is to ensure we provide a learning environment that empowers success for everyone. We ask there forethat, as your child enters our school environment this year, please encourage them to do their part in taking care of our school grounds and ensuring they are dressed for success in our correct Alfriston College uniform.

If you are interested in increasing your involvement in our school please contact the school or come to one of our monthly board meetings, which are open to the public.

Thank you for choosing Alfriston College as the next step in yourchild'seducation and we look forward to meeting you in the future.

Kindest regards,

Teri Harnell
Alfriston College Board Chairperson


FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Welcome to our 2015 school year and what an exciting start to the year it has been.

Our Powhiri on January the 30thwelcomed the largest intake of new learners to the AC whanau so far and it was very good to see the large turnout of whanau as well. Visit our Facebook link to view some of the photos we took on the day.

It really was great too to see the enthusiasm and engagement shown throughout the Whanau and Learning Connection Days that followed. Our grateful thanks to the external agencies who presented and led the variety of workshops and activities offered.

We also begin this year with a number of new staff and warmly welcome the following learning leaders into the AC whanau: Michelle Anderton to Music, Sally Berridge, Emma Ratuki, Timothy Smith and Faye Walker to Health and PE, Darren Bowyer-Warner to Dance / Drama, Ronnie Gong to Mathematics, Shontelle Lei to Technology, Vicky-Lee Mueller, Danielle Parke and Reena Patel to Science, Victoria Park to Languages; we also warmly welcome Solomon Ah Young to Careers / Gateway.

We also begin this year with some confirmed new additions to the Senior Leadership team. Jolie Kay-Cassin, formerly the Principals PA and BOT Secretary is the new Human Resources Leader, Karyn White, formerly Kaitoro Whanau Leader, is the new Senior Leader Learning Development; Elinor Davie, formerly HOLA English, is our new Senior Leader Learning Pathways, and Wayne Rangihuna, former Kaitataki Whanau Leader, is our new Senior Leader Learning.

We continue to be well pleased with our NCEA results. A very special congratulations to Daniel Ward, who achieved an Outstanding Scholarship pass in Geography and Veejal Mistry, who achieved a scholarship pass in Biology.

Robert Solomone, Principal


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