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Department during his time as its lead and if Neil brings just a small amount of the energy and passion that he has brought to the role of Housemaster, Geography will continue to thrive. Dr Briar Wait takes over the verandah chair, becoming Housemaster of Rolleston House in 2020. As the school community is aware, Mathematics teacher and Condell’s Housemaster Tony O’Connor left College at the end of Term 1 to pursue his passion for coaching rowing at a national level and confirmed his resignation at the beginning of Term 4. We thank Tony for his contribution to so many aspects of College life. ESOL teacher Alex Robertson, who was acting Housemaster in Tony’s absence, has now been confirmed as Housemaster of Condell’s House and we wish her all the best in her new role. I would like to acknowledge Head of Mathematics Samantha Squire and Head of Physical Education & Health Chris Needle for making acting contributions to the Centre for Teaching Excellence & Research through 2019. At the end of this year we farewell Chris, who is taking a year’s leave in Australia, and acknowledge his colleague Henry

Smith who will step into the role of Acting Head of Department in 2020. English teacher Melissa Campbell has been appointed Head of Teaching & Learning for Humanities and English, replacing Nicole Billante. In the middle of the year we farewelled College Counsellor Wiremu Gray, who in a relatively short time had influence both in his counselling role and as a contributor to a growing bicultural awareness at College. In particular, I wish to thank Wiremu for his modernisation of the College haka. We were able to replace Wiremu with two clinical psychologists sharing the counselling role and were pleased to welcome Dr Sarah Anticich and Emily Baird in Term 3. There have also been a number of changes within non-teaching staff throughout the year. Director of Finance & Operations Steve Kelsen departed mid-year after seven years of committed service, pivotally during the latter part of the rebuild, to take up a role with the Youth Hostel Association of New Zealand. Rob McFarlane has recently been confirmed as his replacement. Vanessa Thomas has accepted the

ongoing role of Senior Financial Accountant within the finance team. After five years, Ric Fletcher concluded his work as Director of Development in August, having led the Development Office through a major campaign at a time when the importance of philanthropy for the ongoing success of College was being communicated. Such work is not easy, but Ric’s affable nature always seemed to allow a positive future to be seen. We also farewell Lauren van Zyl and Erica Klassen from Development. The conclusion of the current campaign has seen the creation of the Advancement Office, incorporating all aspects of admissions, marketing and communications, philanthropy and alumni activity, and led by Director of Advancement Claire Sparks. We also said goodbye to Executive Assistant – Academic Management Brigitte Morgan and welcomed Sara Ball into that role. She, in turn, was replaced as Digital Services Technician by Ben Smith. We welcomed our new Mathematics and English tutors, Jenny Dingwall and Ruth Simms respectively, mid-way through the year, and farewelled Anthony MacNamara and welcomed Jimmy Healy as a tutor for our Immerse & Inspire programme. We have again had the good service of gap tutors in 2019 and acknowledge the contribution of Cameron Howe- Dreyer and Bradley Fulcher, our first Drama gap, as they return home at the end of the year. We welcomed new leader Robbie McKeon to the maintenance team, and farewelled Kevin Rae after many years of service as our electrician and in general maintenance. We also welcomed back Margaret Lawson as our Custodian. Staff across the entire school, no matter what their role, work tirelessly to achieve the very best for each boy. It is a collaborative approach from teaching and non- teaching staff alike, and I take this opportunity to thank them on your behalf for all they do. I would particularly like to acknowledge the work of the College Executive,


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