As I read through the material for this newsletter I realised that there is quite a sporting focus – so many achievements we want to share with you so that we all can congratulate and support our students. Participation in sport and involvement in school life beyond the classroom are key to enjoying school and learning about success, hard work, resilience, and friendship. I would like to think modern society viewed schools as so much more than 8.30 to 3.15 institutions where just content is delivered.
Recently I was lucky enough to watch the new Team New Zealand boat being rigged. As you can read in this newsletter, Hailey Regan, who is in Year 13 here at Long Bay College, recently christened the new Team NZ boat and she invited me to have look at it. The technology is incredible and yet there is a sense of “kiwi can-do” across the whole operation. Hailey’s boat can sail a whole race course completely out of the water – on foils, at about 40 knots! This project involves cutting edge coding, design, materials, athletes, management, leadership, engineering, systems… Ironically, rather than a computer being the interface between human and object to enhance effectiveness, the Cup rules require that a human interfaces between computer and boat.
I came away reminded of how we must open our children’s eyes to the many different work opportunities available nowadays, and how we need to keep changing our school so that we enhance the likelihood of our students succeeding in our rapidly changing world – the “real” world, that has no appetite for the old and traditional academic looking down its nose on vocational.