On Strowan - Volume 13 // Issue 8 // 8 November 2018
The Secondary School covers Years 9–13. Head of Secondary School is Evert van Florenstein.
Another busy and successful year is rushing to an end. The seniors are making last minute preparations for their NCEA examinations. I would urge you to support your son/daughter to keep working hard, get help from their teachers when they need it, and use old examination papers and revision booklets to fine tune their preparation. Please be aware that there are several designated quiet study areas where your son/daughter is able to study if you would prefer them to come into the College rather than stay at home; the Senior College for all Year 12–13 students, a classroom (supervised by a staff member) for Year 11 students, and The Green Library and Innovation Centre for all students.
We have rolled out the ‘Family Zone’ app with a ‘softly softly’ approach, allowing families the chance to have conversations to get the best outcome for all. It has also allowed us to work on any issues with the mass sign up. For the rest of the year, we will be focusing on getting all our Year 9–10 students to download the app. At the beginning of next year, any student who does not have the app installed on their smartphone will not be able to use it at the College at any time. If the student uses their mobile phone and they do not have the app installed, they will have to hand in their phone to the Middle School office for collection at the end of the day. The research is overwhelming, technology is moving faster than society can cope with, which is exposing our teenagers to information and modes of communication that they are not able to deal with. We really need your support on getting the app installed to make this work to create a safer environment for your son/daughter.
Head of Guidance, Mr Tom Matthews, and Head of Positive Education and Well-being, Miss Kerry Larby ran their fourth session on well-being for the year in the first week of this term. The focus was on character strengths and how you can use these to better understand yourself and your child. The workshop style session was enormously successful, as it allowed the parents who attended a good opportunity to talk, discuss and reflect both with each other and with Tom and Kerry. We will continue with more of these sessions next year.
The Leavers’ Assembly last week was another wonderful occasion where we celebrated our student leavers and what they had contributed in their time at St Andrew’s College. In my address to them, I asked the students to not only farewell each other, but also acknowledge the staff who have taught them in their time at St Andrew’s College and especially the staff that have inspired and taken a special interest in them while they were at St Andrew’s.
Evert van Florenstein
Head of Secondary School
Deputy for Rector