Teacher leaving for island stint
'I can understand why people raise their children here'SONIA BEAL
Marlborough Girls' College deputy principal Jude Young is moving up in the teaching world and the country after accepting the position of principal at a high school on Waiheke Island, near Auckland.
Mrs Young takes up her new role in January, after almost seven years as deputy principal at Marlborough Girls' College.
Waiheke High School, which caters to boys and girls from years 7 to 13, has about 530 students, and the island has a population of about 8000.
Mrs Young, a classical studies teacher, said it was time to take a step further in her career.
"Waiheke presents itself as a neat community," she said. "It's . . . very caring and open, and that's certainly who I am."
Much of Mrs Young's role at Girls' College had centred on improving the curriculum. The "one size fits all" approach to educating young women, in place when she started at the school, had changed for the good and evolved into a more student-centred model.
"It's about putting the student in the middle and saying, ‘what are we going to do for the student'," she said.
Along with three classical studies trips to Europe, having the opportunity to teach wonderful young women and working alongside such creative, high-energy staff had been among the highlights of her time at the college, Mrs Young said. "The team I work with is phenomenal," she said.
Marlborough Girls' College principal Karen Stewart said Mrs Young had made a significant contribution to developing vocational-based courses and trades academy opportunities for students, and was also good at judging the competence level of students and the action needed for them to progress.
"In the time that she's been here, our NCEA results have improved significantly," Mrs Stewart said.
The school would miss her, but wished her all the best for her new position.
Mrs Young said like so many of the people she had met in Marlborough, the place itself was "wonderful". "I guess I want to thank all the people in Marlborough I've had a relationship with," she said.
"It's a beautiful place. I can understand why people raise their children here and also why so many people return."
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- The Marlborough Express
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