Zest for Learning

"Te Ihi ki te Ako"


Alfriston College is a fantastic learning community. I make this statement with full confidence because I know it to be true from my own experience.

I had a phone call from John Locke in late 2004 inviting me to come to New Zealand and begin work as a Drama teacher at the College. I can remember reading some of the literature that was shared (I mentioned this last Update) regarding such exotic (for me) ideas as Whanau, Powhiri and Tirohanga (my first Whanau). From the moment I set foot in the College I began to learn.

As I reflect now, the learning happened because I was open to it. There was no shortage of resources, excellent teaching colleagues and other staff and most of all the learners themselves. The foundation year was by 2005 Year 10's and during that year I taught the entire Year 9 Drama! There were frustrations, misunderstandings, times that we made great strides and times when I ran forward to avoid going backwards.

This is, by its very nature, the experience of learning. I was resilient and I persevered. I wasn't cynical I was open to learning. And as soon as I became aware of a gap in my knowledge I attempted to fill it.

I hope that learners reading this consider my experience. Life is all the richer if you can be a life-long learner and this disposition rather than knowledge is the most important factor in this. I continue to position myself as a learner and I hope that the young people that I have had the pleasure of meeting continue to focus on their learning.

I will never forget Alfriston College a truly special place.

Best Wishes to you all and Au revoir!

Doug Black

Acting Principal



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