WHAT WILL I BRING TO THE POSITION OF ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT ST HILDA'S COLLEGIATE SCHOOL?
I will bring passion and a heartfelt commitment to equipping young women for life in a fast paced and ever-changing world. With 27 years of experience in teaching and leadership, I offer an expert understanding of and leadership in two curriculum areas as well as experience in a senior leadership team. Together with these qualities, I bring an understanding of and experience in pastoral care. In addition to my educational experience, I am personally involved in a number of networks for parents of students with special learning needs and I would join your staff with experience of looking after the needs of students who are gifted and talented as well as those who find accessing education challenging and confronting. I would enter the leadership team with research in and experience of the study of e-learning pedagogies and practice. I can contribute a thorough understanding of and experience in best practice in assessment in internal and external achievement standards at a national level. I bring an understanding of and experience in how external examinations are written and assessed. I will bring a passion for innovation in the classroom and the ability to build and enhance professional relationships with students and staff alike.
WHAT DO I HOPE TO ACHIEVE AS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT ST HILDA'S COLLEGIATE SCHOOL?
It is my contention that New Zealand education is in a state of flux which makes it an exciting time to be in the classroom. Looking after our rangatira as they negotiate the path into adulthood has become more complex and more demanding for caregivers and students alike. Enhancing student well-being in an era of fast-paced change and innovation is a key metric and is essentially what I would hope to achieve in the role. Exciting changes in classroom learning, the need for keen student engagement and continued rigor in assessment practice need to be balanced with an appreciation of the pastoral needs of our young women. I hope to examine the recent shift in pedagogy to Project Based Learning as a way to negotiate a path from Year 7 to Year 11 where students still access content and depth in their learning but they might be assessed by year-long community projects that also align with the St Hilda's ethos of service. St Hilda's has an enviable reputation for being future-driven and future-focused and I hope to continue the vision to promote innovative students who are design thinkers, ready to take on the workplace in the 21st century because of their active engagement, challenging work, and authentic demonstrations of learning.
HOW WOULD I LEAD AND ENHANCE THE SPECIAL CHARACTER OF ST HILDA’S COLLEGIATE SCHOOL?
I have a genuine passion for and experience in the Arts which are tools I would use to lead and enhance the spirit of service and tradition of St Hilda’s Collegiate School. I have 18 years of experience producing Otago Girls' annual Celebration Service at Knox Church I believe that this skill base will support opportunities to augment and foster the rituals already in place at St Hilda’s. Service is something that I am well versed in through my success with nurturing public speaking. I have been involved with the Rotary Club of Dunedin for 20 years and have seen a number of my students reach the finals of the Rotary Four-Way-Test competition as well as the Hedi Moani Race Unity Speech competition and the Lions Young Speechmaker competitions. I understand the faith of St Hilda's Collegiate because of my own experience as a young woman growing up in a family that was completely dedicated to serving our community in both faith and practice. I would feel at home leading staff and students to promote the ethical and moral values that will strengthen the ability of students to be active global citizens.