Waitakere College : Waitakere College Yearbook Sample 2016
WAITAKERECOLLEGE2016 2 FAREWELL TO THE BRILLIANT BRADLEYS 2016 WILL MARK THE END OF AN ERA, AS BRETT AND PENNY BRADLEY SAIL INTO THE SUNSET OF RETIREMENT IN THEIR LONG-AWAITED BOAT. THEY HAVE GIVEN 56 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE SCHOOL BETWEEN THEM – WITH PENNY'S 30 AND BRETT’'S MERE 26. Penny is recognised by everyone who works with her as one of the most hard working and dedicated teachers in the College. She arrived as a relief teacher in Term 1 of 1987. In May of that year she was appointed as a teacher of Reading and English and by 1991 she became Head of Reading. Under her leadership the Learning Support Department grew to meet the changing needs of our student population. In her role as SENCO (Special Needs Learning Support Coordinator) she has worked tirelessly to communicate with students, families, teachers and outside agencies to gain extra funds for teacher aides and to organise individual programmes to support our students’ learning. She has pioneered the extension of SAC (Special Assessment Conditions) for students entitled to extra support such as reader/writer during exams. Over the years she has taken on other roles from Dean to Literacy Facilitator, always with absolute determination to do the best for our students. Her contribution to the College has been immense. Not only that, but at this year’s sports awards she was presented with a life-time award for 30 years of outstanding service to sport, including coaching or managing tennis, badminton, football, skiing (1987 – 2004), kayaking (1991-98) and waterpolo (1992-2006). Brett was also acknowledged for his 26 years of sports coaching, including kayaking, skiing, netball, tennis and a huge contribution to waterpolo for many years. Brett arrived as a Geography teacher in 1991, four years after Penny. In 1992 he took on the first of his many pastoral roles, as a Dean. By 1994 he was also Head of Geography and in 1996 he became Head of Social Sciences. When the new House system began in 1996 he was a natural choice as the first House Leader for Manawanui, a position he took on with his usual ebullient energy, enthusiasm and good humour. In 2001 he moved into the Senior Leadership team as Assistant Principal. For many years he and Chris Poland were an inseparable team looking after pastoral care and discipline, until this year when he succeeded Chris as a Deputy Principal. Brett’s special contribution to the College has been the establishment and maintenance of the Waitakere Way, based on learning, caring and respect. He has led the introduction of restorative practices, where staff learn the skills to create an environment where people learn from their mistakes, put things right and get back to learning in a safe and caring environment. Staff and students alike enjoy his warmth and his ability to find humour in almost every situation and no one can doubt his boundless energy and commitment. It is hard to imagine Waitakere College without the brilliant Bradleys, but they have earned the right to a long and enjoyable retirement. We will miss both of them, but we wish them fair weather and good fishing.
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