John McGlashan College


Tēnā koutou and welcome to this instalment of The Pilkington Press.

It is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the term, and are beginning to look towards spring next month. With the new season comes one of the highlights of our school calendar, the John McGlashan College Fete. Be sure to check out our next newsletter issue for highlights from this awesome event.  

In this issue, our feature stories centre on our History and International Departments, but we also have some excellent pieces focussing on curriculum, arts, and sport. Lots of great reading!

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa, warm greetings to you all. 


  1. History at McGlashan

    1066 - Battle of Hastings. 1558 - Coronation of Elizabeth I. 1947 - India gains independence from Britain. 1961 - the Berlin Wall was ... Read more…
  2. Principal's Foreword

    Dream Big, Achieve More ... McGlashan Challenge tests resilience. Read more…
  3. The International Department - Disassembling Context

    Being an international student at John McGlashan College comes with its very own challenges and not just for the students. Read more…
  4. Lessons from Learning Support: Finding motivation to study, when exams seem sooo far away.

    This lesson is inspired by a comment in one of my classes this week. Read more…
  5. Year 12 PE Ski Camp

    Started with a hiss and a roar and it ended with Jaquan breaking a fence. Read more…
  6. Deans' Dais

    Our junior, senior, and international deans share their wisdom mid-term... Read more…
  7. Prepared Speech Finals 2019 - Year 7 and 8

    The finals, on Tuesday the 13th of August, were a fitting conclusion of the junior school's recent focus on effective research techniques, ... Read more…
  8. Snowstorm, snow chains, and powder!

    On a Friday afternoon after a long, cold, week at school, 36 boys eagerly packed themselves onto a bus in anticipation for a weekend of ... Read more…
  9. Professional Learning Communities: in Action - Round 2

    At the beginning of this term, we heard from another two of the PLC groups. They had the opportunity to share their initial thoughts and ... Read more…
  10. Video: The University of Otago invites senior drama students to perform

    National award-winning SGCNZ Shakespeare performers, Ben Porter, Stuart Ashton, and Ezekiel Nielsen recently performed at the Performing ... Read more…
  11. IB Diploma Programme Frequently Asked Questions

    We have been fielding a number of questions about the IB Diploma Programme these last few weeks during and since the open night. Read more…
  12. Prefects' Pew

    Time to check back in with our three head prefects. Read more…
  13. John McGlashan College Fete

    Come along and enjoy our annual fete! Fun, food and community. Read more…
  14. Dung beetles capture the imagination on 2019 Agribusiness North Island Tour

    Kiwifruit, dung beetles and an authentic marae experience combined to set up an outstanding inaugural North island Tour for our Year 13 ... Read more…
  15. Agribusiness and Otago University combine for a curriculum first!

    Progress in educational developments often take a series of small, yet significant steps to realize the intended goal. Years of background ... Read more…
  16. The Timaru Boys' High School sports exchange was a very even competition

    Four buses travelled from McGlashan to Timaru for the traditional sports exchange Read more…
  17. Phun Physics of Radioactivity and other "modern" topics

    All senior Physics students spent time at the University of Otago recently to complete hands on practical experiments in Modern Physics ... Read more…
  18. Independence Day 2019

    Friday 28 June was another successful day of helping prepare our Year 13 students for life beyond school. Read more…
  19. McGlashan Fencing 2019

    Sharpen your swords and don your mask, fencing is making a comeback! Read more…