Pleased to meet you

The idea of speed networking is not new, but can be very overwhelming and scary for many.  Imagine trying to make a great first impression in the space of a few minutes? On Monday I took group of year 13 students to the Got a Trade! SpeedMeet event at Glenfield College, where students got to…

Prepare, prepare, prepare

Last week I received an email from a student to tell me that he was offered an  apprenticeship and would be starting immediately. Woo hoo! The news was all the more satisfying, because I knew how determined and prepared the student was in making this moment happen. Back story… I had a career session with…

Farewell Mr Watt!

Maths was always my least preferred subject at school.  In fact, I hated it.  I guess I didn’t see the sense in manipulating numbers and solving equations. This notion got challenged in my fourth form year at school when I was introduced to the determined, utterly commanding, and somewhat scary figure in Mr Peter Watt…

The path to authority is through service

O le ala i le pule o le tautua.  The path to authority is through service.  I absolutely love this quote, shared by the über-talented John Belford-Lelaulu at a schools event today.  John was there to inspire year 12 Pasifika students from across Auckland, but he also captivated teachers and other staff who were in…

Building a pathway to success #tradesforme

Carpentry.  Painting and decorating.  Brick and block laying.  Aluminium joinery. Furniture and cabinet making.  Concreting.  These are a few of the trades that secondary school students got to experience during the BCITO #tradesforme School Activity Day last week. Held at the grounds of Alexandra Racecourse and featuring students from all over Auckland, the purpose was…

March Madness

The beginning of March is arguably the busiest time of the year… people are back (albeit reluctantly) at work, school kids are parading around in crisp new uniforms, uni students are frantically flocking to lectures, trains and buses are packing in people like sardines, and roads are clogged like a blocked drain.  Yup, March Madness…

Beyond 2000

What were you doing in the year 2000?  I remember how it started very clearly… I was down at the Viaduct for the Millennium celebrations and the weather was wet and drizzly.  The clock struck midnight and the Skytower exploded with fireworks. POW!  BANG!  It was such a pity that the rain dampened them very…

Going back to school… fresh start in 2018!

Next January I will officially begin my new job as the lead Careers Advisor at St Peter’s College in Auckland.  This also happens to be my old high school, so I will go full-circle and return to my educational roots! To love and to serve.  It was serendipitous as to how I ended up pursuing…