One Tree Hill Col­lege leads by ex­am­ple

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

One Tree Hill Col­lege has joined the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s Com­mu­ni­ties of Schools ini­tia­tive.

But much of what it en­tails is noth­ing new for the col­lege.

The ini­tia­tive en­cour­ages schools to join to­gether in groups of around 10 to share knowl­edge and come up with their own achieve­ment goals.

Since chang­ing its name from Pen­rose High School in 2009 there has been a trans­for­ma­tion at the school.

In 2007 the role slumped to just 680 but now ac­com­mo­dates more than 1000 stu­dents.

The school’s lat­est Ed­u­ca­tion Re­view Of­fice re­port, re­leased on May 14, was very pos­i­tive and placed the school on the max­i­mum re­view pe­riod of four to five years.

Act­ing prin­ci­pal Mark Bar­low says this is an ‘‘ab­so­lutely thrilling re­sult’’.

‘‘It’s been a huge jour­ney over the last 10 or so years,’’ Bar­low says.

‘‘The re­la­tion­ship be­tween our­selves, the com­mu­nity and our con­tribut­ing schools has been para­mount to the suc­cess of One Tree Hill Col­lege and the wider com­mu­nity.

‘‘All to­gether that’s lead to the role growth and the in­crease in aca­demic achieve­ment.’’

The $359 mil­lion In­vest­ing in Ed­u­ca­tional Suc­cess (IES) ini­tia­tive will see Bai­ley Road, Eller­slie, Pan­mure Dis­trict, Stan­hope Road and Sylvia Park schools all join One Tree Hill Col­lege in the new com­mu­nity.

The ini­tia­tive aims to lift the qual­ity of learn­ing in class­rooms for 83,000 stu­dents across the coun­try.

The ERO re­port states the school ‘‘places high value on stu­dent’s be­com­ing con­nected and en­gaged with their learn­ing’’.

Bar­low says shar­ing teach­ing ex­per­tise played a sig­nif­i­cant role in re­vers­ing the school’s decline.

‘‘We’ve been work­ing closely with our con­tribut­ing schools over the past three or four years.

‘‘We’ve got re­ally strong re­la­tion­ships with them now,’’ he says.

Af­ter see­ing the turn­around in his own school, Bar­low feels col­lab- ora­tion will see other achieve the same re­sult.

‘‘The Com­mu­ni­ties of Schools is about do­ing what we’ve been do­ing al­ready in a more for­malised way.

‘‘Shar­ing cur­ricu­lum, knowl­edge – it’s shar­ing skills that in­di­vid­u­als have de­vel­oped for the whole com­mu­nity.’’


One Tree Hill Col­lege act­ing prin­ci­pal Mark Bar­low, head boy Dal­las Ta­ga­loasa and head girl Aprille Lopez are proud of how far their school has come.

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