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Frank Rzoska —

2017 continues on the stellar and upward trajectory of our subject area.

As a result of some well-focussed professional development, the students have been able to take advantage of new technologies within the traditional creative workshop environment.

For our junior classes 3D printing is incorporated into the design projects. Students are learning how to set-up and develop their own printing to augment their projects. Learn, Create, Share is the mantra of our centre of Creative Excellence; Mr Rees has developed an excellent programme which allows for exactly this. Parents should never be left wondering “What did my child do today?”

Hornby High School is supported by two of New Zealand’s largest industry training organisations, Competenz and BCITO. Both organisations make the realisation of meaningful learning and trade aspirations a reality.

University of Canterbury sponsored a very successful “Curious Minds” programme in the Term 1 break. The School of Engineering led by Dr Don Clucas hosted Year 9 students from schools across Canterbury. Our students enjoyed the challenges they were set and were inspired to achieve. Engineers are problem solvers.

Our Building and Construction programme has evolved into tackling more practical activities such as building a fence and gate, decking, pergola, and a non-consent building.

Design and Visual Communication (DVC) is developing in leaps and bounds. Students are achieving Excellence results for their work. This underscores the vision of Hornby High School as a Centre of Creative Excellence. Tomorrow’s problems will not be solved by going what we did yesterday.

The Project Based Learning module that the Y9 and Y10 cohort collaborated in at the close of the year reinforced the Design Process which is the heart and soul of Technology and Design. It is gratifying that we are teaching our students real world skills that are in demand and used to solve real world problems.

For our students who are leaving us at the end of this year we would like to wish you all the best for your future and as a member of the Hornby High School whanau you are always welcome.

To those of you returning, rest over the summer and return with your dreams and be prepared to make them become a reality. Effort and attendance equates to success.

Have a joyful Christmas and a wonderful New Year

Mr Rzoska and Mr Rees