From The Rector
A Curriculum and Campus for the Future
“Our commitment remains to provide the best learning environment possible to enable our young people to flourish in this increasingly complex world. ”
At the next Board meeting, our Board of Governors will be turning their minds to the next phase of development of St Andrew’s College.
At our Centenary Gala Weekend in March, we recognised our College’s founding values and the many connections and friendships that have been forged by St Andrew’s student’s over 100 years. Several families connected with the College are now fourth generation. Of course, many stories centred around how much has changed both in the educational landscape and at St Andrew’s College over 100 years.
However, we are now moving into a time of unprecedented exponential change that is going to demand extraordinary agility, flexibility and innovative approaches to learning and the ways schools operate.
The world is changing rapidly and we need to be a part of this change. Already students and teachers at St Andrew’s are doing things differently. A number of students have personalised learning programmes and choose tailor-made achievement standards depending upon their area of interest. Some courses are linked to contexts or businesses in the community such as Business Studies, Agriculture or Science. All subjects are expected to provide contextual learning and student centred approaches and students in all subjects work collaboratively in teams seeking innovative solutions to real world issues. Some of the things we may see in the next 10 years might possibly include; fewer timetabled classes and more independent time, teachers increasingly as facilitators rather than controllers of student learning, increased access to online learning, more collaborative project-based learning and online assessment of NCEA.
There is no doubt that Robotics, artificial intelligence and advances in connectivity are revolutionising our world not only in education but in business and industry. In a recent statement the new Minister of Education, Nikki Kaye announced new digital technology curriculum content for all students up to Year 10. “Our curriculum needs to keep changing with this fast changing world.
Our students need to learn not just to become fluent users but also skilled creators of digital innovations and inventions,” she said. The coming years are exciting and challenging times for all schools and the Executive Team, Senior Management and Board will be engaging with you in some way over the next six months to gather your thoughts and ideas about the future at St Andrew’s College.
Our commitment remains to provide the best learning environment possible to enable our young people to flourish in this increasingly complex world.