Sunday 4th February 2018

Centenary Weekend promises to be full of tall stories and renewed friendships.

We have had a marvellous beginning to the school year. The sun is shining as I write this and our school community – teachers, boys and parents, seem to be positive and optimistic about all that lies ahead.

If you are new to the school this year, we extend a warm welcome to John McGlashan College. I am confident that you will soon feel comfortable with our way of doing things and quickly get to know others within the McGlashan family.

Welcome back also to those who are returning for another year, boys as well as parents.

Last year’s examination results were exceptional and have been described by Chris Knopp as “another great vintage”. The college continues to produce top scholars and also manages to add significant value to boys’ achievement at all levels and abilities.

This newsletter provides a snapshot of the first few days of the 2018 school year. Another more comprehensive newsletter will be published in Week 5 once we have had time to draw breath.

Mr Mike Idour, Head of Social Sciences is on leave for 2018, and Mr Iain McGilchrist has resigned from his position as deputy principal at the college.

A warm welcome to new staff members; Lars Thomson – mathematics; Hamish Cartwright – physics and science; Andrew Karlsberg – geography and social studies and Donna Smith – HOD Learning Support, HOD Junior English. Rebecca Rapson has been appointed to the position of Assistant HOD Learning Support. The teaching staff has a robust profile right across the year levels, and I feel assured that the curriculum will be delivered at the highest level.

Centenary celebrations get underway next weekend with 800 old boys enrolled for the various functions. The weekend promises to be full of tall stories and renewed friendships. As part of the Centenary, the Old Collegians’ Association has commissioned Mr Bryn Jones to design and make a statue to gift to the college. Bryn is not only a nationally recognised sculptor but is also head of our art department, and he has generously gifted his time and expertise to the project, already spending hundreds of hours crafting the figure. The sculpture will soon be sent to the foundry in Auckland for casting and will be presented to the school at a special assembly later in the year.

If you have anything you would like to share with us, either plaudits or concerns, please contact your son’s form teacher in the first instance.

The scene is set for another great year! 

Kind regards,
Neil Garry