Year 7 to 13 Catholic Boys School, Auckland New Zealand

Principal's Newsletter December 2016

Posted by on 14 December 2016

Scripture Quote

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:12,13

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men. Luke 2:14

Christopher S Rooney
MEdMgt (Hons), GradDip Bus, BA 

Message from the Principal

Tena koutou katoa

School Improvement Projects:
During the year each member of the Senior Leadership Team was responsible for leading a project to improve one aspect of the school. I am leading a team to undertake a comprehensive review of the Curriculum at the College. We have surveyed parents, students and staff to establish their views on what we currently offer and what some changes might be made for the future. The team will analyse the responses during Term 1 next year and will make recommendations to the Board at the end of the term. There will be no significant change for 2017. Any major changes will be introduced in 2018. I will keep you informed of the process in my regular fortnightly newsletters.

Mr McKenty’s team looked at ways to provide Year 7 – 10 students with more leadership opportunities.  There are several suggestions for student leadership roles in Form Class and at Assemblies.  Mr McKenty and his team are currently finalising their recommendations.

Mrs De Souza and her team have developed an on-line method to assist with teacher Performance Appraisal. It is the Arinui project which will help teachers to provide evidence to support their reflection process.

Mr Swanink has been working with his team to identify better ways of tracking student achievement in Years 7 – 10. 

Mr Houghton’s team is investigating better reporting of the Key Competencies  - Thinking, Using Language, Symbols and Text, Managing Self, Relating to Others and Participating and Contributing.

Mr Worth and his team have been working to improve the achievement of our Maori learners. The work so far includes meeting with students and their families/whanau to build a profile of the students.

A number of schools have been visited and more visits are planned for next year. All project leaders have reported to the Board during this year. 2017 will see either conclusion or refinement for these projects.

Grounds Development:
Earlier this year the Board started the programme to improve the quality of the playing fields starting with the rugby field. The improvement was immediate and obvious. The next stage is to extend the work to the No. 2 soccer field and make it the No. 1 field. At the same time the cricket outfield will benefit from the improved drainage. This work will be completed during Term 1 next year. There will be some disruption to the use of the grounds while this work is completed but it will be worth the inconvenience with much-improved playing fields for the students.

New Building:
Work on the long-overdue new classroom block will begin in the middle of January next year. This will accommodate 8 classes and will be built to ensure Modern Learning flexibility for classes in the building. Once this building is complete the last remaining pre-fabs will be removed from the College site. The building is expected to be completed by mid-November 2017. Aspec Construction is the company responsible for the project. The Project Manager – Chris Aalbers – is an Old Boy.


Changes to Rugby and Football Coaching:
Next year will see changes to the staff coaching both the 1st XV and the 1st XI Football teams. The coach for the 1st XV is to be confirmed. Mr. Morath and Mr. Lord who have been successful with the 1st XV are now the coaches for the Waitemata Senior team in the Auckland club competition. They are prepared to work with the new coach to help the 1st XV be ready for the start of the new season.

Mr Mike Coupland, an Old Boy, will take over the coaching of the 1st XI for next season. This is an opportunity to develop a new programme to strengthen football at the College. I thank Ian (Cuz) McLaughlan for his years of dedication to the 1st XI.


Staff Changes:
We farewelled Mr Chandra after 25 years of service to the College as a Physics and Science teacher. Mr Chandra can now enjoy his retirement. Ms Donoghue left to travel overseas and Mrs Baker has taken a permanent position at Hobsonville Point School. Mrs Ninon Mascarenhas who helped to welcome so many visitors to the College resigned to move with her family to Brisbane.

We welcome Ms Sayegh who joins the R.E. and Music Departments, Ms Kirk joins the Art Department, Mr O’Keeffe joins the Science Department and Mr Yen joins the Maths and Science Departments.

Community of Learning:
We are part of the Waitakere Community of Learning which includes three Secondary schools, one Intermediate school and 12 Primary schools. It is one of the largest CoLs in the country. The aim of the Col is to raise standards of literacy and mathematics for Maori and Pasifika students in the schools within the CoL. By working together and sharing data and best practice across the CoL we are aiming to see progress towards the goal by the end of next year.

Thank you again for you continuing support of the College and your confidence in entrusting your sons to our care.

I wish you and your families a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

C.S. Rooney