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Kelston Girls’ College has been selected to establish a Trades Academy focused on information technology and business. The Government recently announced the establishment of ten new

Trade Academies around New Zealand, four of them in Auckland. The academies enable 16 and 17 year-old students to gain practical skills through study at tertiary institutions and in the workplace while continuing to study for NCEA and tertiary qualifications. As a head provider, Kelston Girls’ focus will be on supporting young

women selected for the programme to achieve a minimum of NCEA Level 2 and Literacy and Numeracy requirements for NCEA Level 1. The programme will involve real life experiences in business, and the opportunities to problem solve, learn best practice in the work place and develop creativity in entrepreneurial and innovative business initiatives. Principal Linda Fox said that the school had conducted surveys in the community and tracked students leaving school to see which pathways

the girls favoured – business and IT was the most recorded choice. She said that Kelston Girls’ College had a significant success rate for students leaving school with a minimum of NCEA Level 2, and the opportunity to develop the girls’ IT and business skills in preparation for work or further tertiary learning would provide an exciting challenge. Mrs Fox said that at present only 25% of students in Trades Academies were female. She said that while the school planned to start small, she believed they would be successful in helping to redress the balance in the future. School Board Chairman Dr James Prescott expressed pleasure that

the school had been successful in its application and explained that it was a first important step towards the Board’s longer term plan to become a community school, providing educational opportunities for women and girls of all ages. At present a team of business and tertiary partners (including Unitec

and AUT) are working with the school. A package for 2012 will be made public early in Term 4.

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Unfortunately after 20 years of practice in Titirangi Dr Kay Large is retiring. We wish her the best for the future.

We are pleased to advise that her practice will be taken over by Dr Rowan Howden. She is an Aucklander having grown up in the central city. She attended Epsom Girls College prior to doing her medical training at

Dr Rowan Howden

the University of Auckland. Since graduating she has worked a variety of hospitals and then general practices.

When not at work she enjoys the outdoors - enjoying moutain and road biking, skiing and diving.

We look forward to her starting in October and continuing the excellent standard of care that Dr Large has given you all over the years.

Titirangi Family Health Care 402 Titirangi Road 817 7657

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