Glendowie College

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Glendowie College
Address
21 Crossfield Road, Glendowie, Auckland
Coordinates 36°51′44″S 174°52′04″E / 36.8621°S 174.8679°E / -36.8621; 174.8679Coordinates: 36°51′44″S 174°52′04″E / 36.8621°S 174.8679°E / -36.8621; 174.8679
Information
Type Co-Ed Secondary (Year 9-13)
Motto E Paucis Excelsa
Established 1961
Ministry of Education Institution no. 65
Principal Louise Moore
School roll 1096[1] (July 2014)
Socio-economic decile 9
Website

Glendowie College is a co-ed secondary school based along Crossfield Road, Mt Taylor Drive and Riddell Road in Auckland, New Zealand.

History[edit]

The college was opened in 1961, with fewer than 200 pupils.

Education[edit]

Glendowie College offers NCEA as its national qualification standard. An Advanced Learning Program is available in years 9 and 10 for highly intelligent students. Also, exceptionally gifted student are given the opportunity to accelerate into classes a year or two years ahead of their peers in order to progress their learning.

The school performs well academically, and the Education Review Office has said that students are progressing and achieving very well.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

Buildings[edit]

The main buildings on the school grounds were originally named using letters from the alphabet, but in 2006 they renamed the buildings after past principals. The buildings are:

  • B Block - Hammer Building
  • C Block - Eddy Building
  • Tech Block - Adams Building
  • Library Block - Sommerville Building
  • Multi Purpose Sports Facility

The Adams Building was the only building established when the college opened in 1961. Before the library was relocated to the Sommerville building it was located in the Hammer building.

Houses[edit]

The houses of Glendowie College are named after continents. All students and staff members are placed into houses, which they represent by wearing house colours at sports events.

The houses are:

  • Asia - Yellow
  • Europe - Green
  • America - Red
  • Pacific - Blue

The houses are randomly assigned, however younger siblings are assigned to the same houses as their older sibling.

Student Groups[edit]

Glendowie is currently home to

  • The Glendowie Grapevine - The college newspaper
  • SADD - Students against drink driving
  • The Environmental Group
  • Student Council

Events[edit]

The school offers many opportunities for students to be involved in extra-curricular activities during school hours, including:

  • Swimming Sports
  • Athletics Day
  • Cross Country
  • Summerfest
  • Tournament Week
  • International Week

50th Jubilee[edit]

On April 1, 2 and 3rd of 2011, Glendowie College held many events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the school's founding.

Film[edit]

On July 29 and 30 of 2011, Glendowie College played host to the major movie production Mister Pip. The film is based on the book by Lloyd Jones. Students were invited to participate as extras and work alongside director, Andrew Adamson. Adamson is notable for works such as Shrek and The Chronicles of Narnia films. The college portrayed a school in Mount Isa - A mining town in Australia. The movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012. It is set to be released in New Zealand theaters in October 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 30 July 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  2. ^ "Glendowie College 04/07/2011". New Zealand Education Review Office. Retrieved 16 July 2013.