Education: Takapuna Grammar School
Stepping down as Associate Principal: Terry Holding at TGS since 1982
Long serving staff member, Mr Terry Holding, is relinquishing his Associate Principal position at the end of the year. This will bring to a close a long, distinguished teaching career which began at Kelston Boys High School, led to Waitara High School, and the NZ Forces School in Singapore, before arriving at TGS in 1982 as HOD English.
Mr Holding’s contribution to Takapuna Grammar is immense. In teaching terms he has gone from HOD, to Director of Curriculum, Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal, and Senior Deputy Principal, to Associate Principal.
He has been a leading light in the teaching and learning field of the school, helping drive innovation and development on many fronts. It is his passion about pedagogy and finding ways to improve the delivery of teaching and learning that has been his driving force. Changes to the timetable – from times of the day, to the number of days in a cycle, the introduction of new senior courses, the implementation of vertical form classes and leading staff professional development programmes are just a few of his contributions. He was the senior manager responsible for writing the school’s Accreditation document, to deliver NCEA, and more recently was responsible for securing our status as an IB World School in a record 18 months.
One area he is particularly proud of is his work developing the programme of international students. When he began this, there was a single administrator and about 35 students, mainly from the Asian region. Now, fifteen years on there are more than 175 long term internationals students from more than 12 countries and numerous short stay groups, and a department of seven full-time staff.
He has represented the school at national level in the DPs Association and presented at International Thinking Conferences. He was the first recipient of the Staff Study award, introduced in the 1990s, and was awarded the first international teacher exchange,
Outside the classroom and the “office”, Mr Holding has undertaken a large number of roles. In his second year on the staff he appeared on stage in both the drama production and the musical (Annie Get Your Gun). He went on to be the producer/director of six annual musicals, along with Beth Donnell. How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (the 50th Jubilee show in 1987), Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly, and L’il Abner.
He has managed and coached Boys’ football and was the TIC of Rowing for six straight seasons in the 1990s. This was during a heyday period for the Rowing Club with over 80 rowers most years and up to a dozen medals each season, from North Island and Maadi Cup regattas. There is a rowing skiff named The Holdings that acknowledges this huge effort and the support of the other TIC of Rowing at that time, his wife Robin.
Along the way he has become a JP, been awarded a Service to School Sport Award by Sport North Harbour, raised three children and become a grandfather.
But this is no retirement. It is the end of a chapter. At the end of January he will take on a new role, in the school, as the Relationships Manager; a position that will allow him to forge and strengthen the school’s connections with other educational institutions both here and overseas, and to offer mentoring, and provide leadership training to the school’s aspiring leaders. This will ensure that his professional and pedagogical knowledge will be passed on to a new generation of school leaders.
Two new Deputy Principals will join the senior management team in 2014. The school will welcome Mrs Louise Roe and Mr Craig Waller to work with the Principal and the other Deputies, Mrs Carol Bashford and Mr Brian Wynn.
Acknowledging two more great contributors to TGS
The end of the year sees the retirement of two long serving staff. Mr Peter Ellingham has been a stalwart of the English department since 1988. He has been a dedicated classroom teacher, always willing to go the extra mile to ensure his students succeed. He has taken girls’ cricket teams and been a Debating coach and manager over many years. His knowledge of all things English will be missed by his departmental colleagues who wish him well in his new adventures.
Also moving to other ventures is Mrs Gloria Manson, a part-time member of staff since 1995. As a teacher of reading and literacy, Gloria’s knowledge of reading strategies and her ability to ‘light the fire’ for students to become successful readers, have been valued by hundreds of TGS students over the past 19 years. Her passion for books and her belief in the power of reading to open up the world to young people have been her guiding forces. All of Gloria’s, six children are ‘graduates’ of the school, so this year brings to an end an association that began in 1983. She is looking forward to working on her second novel and taking care of her extended family and grandchildren.