College's founding principal taking up new role in Dunedin
It is an end of an era for Ormiston Senior College.
Founding principal Maurie Jackways is departing after four years at the helm.
He says the experience has left him with an incredible sense of achievement.
"We have introduced a personal learning philosophy which has been highly successful," he says.
"We can absolutely look ourselves in the mirror and say: ‘We prepared the students that left at the end of 2013 for life after school, whether that is tertiary education or the workforce'."
He says it hasn't been all smooth sailing, with the school's emphasis on personalised learning.
Teachers aim to find out each student's strengths and weaknesses and then plan tailored courses to fit.
"I believe we are teaching in a way that will be the norm for all schools in a few years," Mr Jackways says.
"But for many conservative members of the community in particular they see schooling as what it was like for them and they find it difficult to accept that it needs to be different for learners of today."
Mr Jackways will take up the role as head of Salmond College, one of the 14 halls of residence at Otago University.
"Everything about it ticked the boxes.
"It was a new challenge, still working with that young adult age group, looking at independent learning and it is back where we truly call home."
The Otago University old boy says the job wasn't even on his radar when he said goodbye to staff and students at the end of last year.
It's been a complete whirlwind since accepting the role, he says.
Deputy principal William Madwick has stepped into the role in the interim and the board of trustees plans to appoint a principal for the start of term two.
- Eastern Courier
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