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MARK YOUR DIARY! Upcoming King’s College events that you won’t want to miss! SENIOR DRAMA This year the Senior Drama actors will perform Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. It is a comedy of love triangles, trickery and concealed identity. The performances will be on Monday - Wednesday 18, 19, 20 June. BIG HOUSE MUSIC Save 11 May for your annual evening of entertainment at TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre for Big House Music. Tickets will go on sale from 4 April. Call the Box Office on 0800 224224 or buy online from www.TicketDirect.co.nz Seating is allocated and is limited – don’t miss out on the Music Extravaganza of the year!


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A Year in Review Headmaster Bradley Fenner’s review of 2011. An abridged version of the third report from Headmaster Bradley Fenner at the conclusion of 2011: the 116th year in the life of the College. 2011 was not without its challenges. However, I am pleased to report that overall the year finished off very well and the College has much to be proud of. We commenced the year with 970 students and although there had been some significant attrition during 2010, this was still the second highest enrolment in the College’s history and demand for girls’ places, boys’ day places and senior boys’ boarding places remained high. During Term One, we welcomed the team from the Education Review Office. This regular inspection provides a comprehensive review of our operations, policies, structures and procedures. The review overall was extremely positive and those conducting the inspection told us that they were very impressed with what they saw. Amongst other things, they commented on: the focus on achievement; the solid values of the College; the pride and sense of belonging amongst our students; their evident motivation and engagement; the positive, purposeful and peaceful atmosphere and pleasingly, the value placed on diversity and difference. The major development during 2011 was The Chapel Close, a marvellous landmark facility. We also commenced work on re-developing our playing fields, a much-needed project to ensure that we fulfil our aspiration to provide and be the best. We focused on ensuring the further growth and development of our dual pathway, with expansion and promotion of the broadest possible range of NCEA and CIE subjects. I am very grateful to Director of Studies, Philip Coombe, and a team of our academic leaders for their outstanding work in conducting a major curriculum review, which is still progressing, with the aim of introducing some significant changes for 2013. Highlights of our 2011 sporting programme included: • The undefeated season by our Hockey Boys’ First XI, which won the Auckland Championship, the inter-city title, and the Rankin Cup for the National Championship • The First XI Boys’ cricket team won the

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Gillette Cup, the New Zealand Schools’ National One-Day Championship, and remained undefeated for the year • Eight King’s students made the finals of the College Sport Sportsperson of the Year and Jared PANCHIA (Greenbank, 2007-11) won the Hockey title and Simon HICKEY (Marsden, 2007-11) the cricket title • Fine performances in rugby, where our First XV won an epic encounter against Auckland Grammar and made the semi-finals of the Auckland competition. In Archery where we won the Auckland title In cultural activities, it was exciting to see the significant developments in the King’s Music programme by our new Head of Music, Paul West, assisted by another new teacher, Chris Artley and organist and choral leader Nick Forbes. The range of top quality music on display has been outstanding and we have had a series of first-class events, including the showcase concert, Music for an Exhibition combining music and art; the King’s Voices Choir in making the Big Sing final and the History of Rock concert. An excellent year for cultural activities, including a fine Glee Club performance of South Pacific, and King’s Kapa Haka group, who finished second in their grade at Polyfest, which is a credit to all the students involved as well as our Te Reo Maori teacher, Lincoln Savage. I would like to express my appreciation to all those with pastoral responsibilities for the way in which they supported our students. In particular, my thanks to Housemasters, Chaplains and Counsellors, but I also recognise that all staff, teaching and others, carried additional burden this year. Three Margaret Myers Fellowships for 2012 were presented. These went to: Mike Karpik, who will undertake leadership and learning courses and visit some Round Square schools; Craig Macpherson, who will look at Outward Bound leadership courses, undertake a leadership programme as well as some personal development activities, and Mike Stewart, who will visit history departments in the United Kingdom and undertake an historical tour in Russia. Our Advancement programme saw significant growth under the leadership of Richard Burns.

We saw the final stages of the Mind, Body and Soul Campaign, which in total raised around $10.7 million towards the Design Technology Centre and The Chapel Close. In addition, a good deal of preparatory work was done on the future directions established by the College Board of Governors and the Foundation Board and we launched an Annual Giving Campaign, which will become part of our annual fundraising programme. We recognised the importance of marketing at the College by appointing Director of King’s Institute, John Powell, to lead our marketing function. Marketing is not just about ensuring that the College is full, but also enables the College to tell its story to the wider community, as well as to our own constituents. We all encounter misunderstandings and misapprehensions about King’s College from time to time and it is important that we intentionally set out to project ourselves in an accurate and positive light, so that others are not telling our story for us. Sadly, part of our story in 2011 was the tragic death of Year 13 student David GAYNOR in June, following the School Ball. After the deaths of three of our students in the first half of 2010, this led to a good deal of soul-searching, as well as the development of a comprehensive collection of strategies to address the issues raised by these tragedies. We are aware of the risks that face adolescents and want to promote amongst our students the personal skills, good decision-making and resilience to be able to cope with whatever situations they may face. We consulted experts in a number of areas, and have looked at best practice in similar schools in New Zealand and elsewhere, to produce a comprehensive action plan to respond to these tragedies. From this process, we introduced a range of strategies, including the following: • The appointment of an additional counsellor to assist in expanding our staffing resources in this area, as well providing the opportunity for development of education and information programmes for students, staff and parents • Conducted a series of parent information evenings with expert speakers on adolescent issues, as well as a parent forum to gather feedback


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King's Courier - Autumn 2012  

The King's Courier is a publication produced 3 times a year that takes a look into the life of King's College.

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