The Senior Syndicate comprises teachers Kynan Watt (Syndicate Leader), Hella Tolhurst, Damyanti Daya and Jennifer Kang. Currently our classes are organised in composite year groupings. Assisting our classroom teachers are specialist teachers Anna McLeod (music), Leigh Takirau (Te Reo) and Lydia Brown (sports).
Our individualised learning programmes are used to develop our students' knowledge in the key academic areas of Reading, Writing and Maths. Our school learner qualities (team player, risk taker, communicator and creator) underpin all of our teaching.
As part of our EOTC programme (Education Outside the Classroom), students in the senior syndicate attend Camp Carey, the Life Education Trust van and participate in the police bike safety programme. Regular syndicate fitness sessions are held to develop students' physical fitness and well being.
In the Senior Syndicate we believe in developing individuals with the skills required to be successful in a changing world. Our 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) policy is optional across the syndicate and a range of technologies are used to enhance our teaching programmes.
We believe that students are motivated to learn when tasks are authentic and have tangible outcomes. Students participate in The Barfoot and Thompson writers' competition, the EPro 8 Engineering challenge, Mathex, Maths week,The Fair Go Ad awards, APPA Speech competition, Auckland Robotics competition, the St Heliers Art competition and The St Thomas Book Quiz as part of their classroom programmes.
We offer numerous extra curricular opportunities to students in our syndicate, including a variety of sports teams, a chess club, choir, marimba band, rock band, cross country running club and book club.
A recent highlight has been the success of our Epro8 team, which reached the Auckland finals at their first attempt.