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Past student Mitch McClenaghan is a name to watch out for in the New Zealand Black Caps cricket team. He has made an impressive start in his Black Caps career on tour in South Africa and in the Twenty20 series. Well done Mitch!
In his last year at Howick College (2004) Mitch captained the Rugby First XV and was a member of the First XI Cricket team from 2002 - 2004. This team was in the NZSS Gillette Cup Top Four in 2003.
The Howick College Scholar Award is the most prestigious award made to a student at the college. It is awarded to the student who is a candidate for the University Entrance examinations and has achieved the highest overall ranking in the current year.
Congratulations to all students who recieved an award at the recent Senior Honours award night. Howick College offers the following Senior awards:
Excellence Award - students who show excellence in their classwork
Top Student - students who come top in each subject
Gold Award for Service and Leadership - students who commit time and effort to groups or committees within the school
Gold Award for Exra Curricular Activities - students who commit time and effort to sport and performing arts
Howick College Award - Year 13 students who show outstanding commitment and enthusiasm to various areas of the school (academic, sporting and/or cultural and service)
Special Awards - Scholar of the Year, Performing Arts Awards, Citizenship, Sportswoman of the Year and Sportsman of the Year.
To view photos from Senior Honours, please go here.
Congratulations to Mr Hemera and Mrs Hapi who have successfully completed their first two years teaching and are now graduating as fully registered teachers.
Congratulations to Lydia Wilson who came first in New Zealand for Scholarship History. Lydia also gained an Outstanding Scholarship result in English.
She is currently in Belgium on a year long Rotary exchange and plans to commence an Arts degree when she returns to Auckland.
Howick College teacher Ms Julia Breen has won the Microsoft New Zealand award for her innovative use of technology in teaching. She was presented with her award at the Gala dinner to mark the end of the recent annual Microsoft Asia Pacific conference. Congratulations Ms Breen.
She will also be heading to Athens later in the year as New Zealand representative for the World Innovative Teacher award.
Congratulations to Chris Ryan who has been accepted into the Royal Society Gold Crest programme for 2013 and 2014. The Gold Crest is awarded for advanced projects in research and innovation in science and technology. Participants work on their projects for six terms. Chris gained the Silver Crest award in 2010.
Year 13 student Bridget Keene was inspired by Howick's community spirit to write a winning speech about honouring and remembering the sacrifices made for us. As the winner of the RSA sponsored competition, she delivered her moving speech during the civic service at Stockade Hill on ANZAC Day. Congratulations Bridget.
Congratulations to Yr 11 student Rosie Worrallo, who won the Westfield '5 Minutes of Fame' talent show final, with songs by Birdy and Taylor Swift. She is now waiting to hear the results of a public vote to determine the winner of the Grand Final. Our fingers are crossed for you Rosie!
“Once you have got the evidence to show students are going to benefit, who would say no?” – New Zealand Apr 29. Julia Breen, who won an Innovative Educator Award at the 2011 New Zealand Partners in Learning Forum, doesn’t take “no” for an answer when it comes to innovating in the classroom.
After being told her plans to bring television studio technology to the classroom were out of reach, the Physical Education teacher secured low-cost resources (and took advantage of students’ own mobile devices) to meet her objectives. Using a technique called “green screening” to assess leadership skills, Breen’s Year-12 students recorded each other leading Year-9 students in team-building exercises. They then recorded evaluations of each other, and using green screens, added the critique on top of the raw video. This helped students who were uncomfortable with giving and receiving criticism and taught collaboration and critical thinking.
The results speak for themselves, with “excellence” grades increasing to 33 percent from 21 percent the previous year. In the attached PDF, Ms Breen shares her tips for innovating in the classroom…even when you’re told you can’t.