Our Principal

Kia Ora, Nau mai, Haere mai and welcome to Glenbrook School. Our beautiful school is 144 years young and I am very privileged to be your principal.

The leadership of our school is described as transformational, strategic and purposeful. As a school staff we work collaboratively, consistently and collectively across our school. Korero or conversations are encouraged that are focused on learning, opportunities, and what we can do together as whakawhanaungatanga to accelerate ako with all our learners.

We work with highly qualified, committed, exceptional teachers, support staff, BOT and volunteers, who are continually focused on accelerating learning and opportunities for our students. Quality professional development as a collective, ensures we move as a team to pursue our Vision, Strategic Purpose and Goals. Student agency is at the centre of our purpose.

In 2019 we focused on metacognition through questioning within deliberate acts of teaching, where learning as an action can be explained and captured. In 2020 our focus has been on effective questioning where students take a greater lead articulating and driving their learning. Can our students say what they are learning, why they are learning it, how they learned it and where to next? Learning as an action to Realise Potential, this is our focus. As we emerge from the Covid-19 International Pandemic we will be reviewing our strategic position in education. However our FAILs (First Attempts in Learning), and effective questioning for higher thinking will remain the same.

Our school and community are engaged with reciprocal, learning centered relationships. We expect our parents and community to actively participate with us in Calf Club, gala, festivals, working bees, school trips, consultation, camps, sports and cultural opportunities. We expect whanau to actively engage in informed, open, honest and clear conversations about learning at our school. Community collaboration enriches opportunities for our students to become confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners. We expect to provide a highly effective safe and engaging learning environment full of rich opportunities.

At Glenbrook School we are always focused on Ako, learning. Our School Values of Whakawhanaungatanga, Manaakitanga, Mana and Ako are the foundations of who we are. These are guided by our Qualities of Learning: Collaboration, Self Managing, Thinkers, Communicators and Future Focused. We are proud of our long school history and traditions yet are brave and bold as we accelerate through strategic change that is effective and adds value.

We love our country school and are a caring school community. When our students leave our school we remind them that Glenbrook School is a turangawaewae for them. We are part of their story just as they are part of ours. So welcome to Glenbrook School and welcome to our story.

Ms Lysandra Stuart

Master of Education with First Class Honours.
Bachelor of Education.
Post Graduate Diploma of Education.
Diploma of Teaching.

Leadership successfully builds teacher capability by actively promoting professional learning and development. The senior leadership team is aware of current practices and theories and has established a positive school culture where teachers are encouraged to be innovative. Leaders are committed to improving the achievement of all students, with a strong focus on accelerating the progress of those students at risk with their learning.