Teach First NZ’s fourth annual Ako Mātātupu event was held at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work on the 24th of November 2015.
The evening provided an opportunity for around 200 members of the Teach First NZ community to celebrate the 2014 cohort finishing their two-year programme / becoming alumni, and to welcome the incoming 2016 cohort who were a mere ten days into their Teach First NZ journey.
This year’s Ako Mātātupu event was themed “Leading for Impact”, highlighting Teach First NZ’s belief in the importance of strong leadership traits in the classroom and in wider education.
Teach First NZ’s friends, supporters, funders, partners and whanau gathered in support of our participants and alumni. Speakers of the evening included participants from all four of our cohorts to date: Charles Looker (C16), Tracie Pile (C15), Rikihana Gurnick (C14), Cris Cucerzan (C14), Sam Carroll (C14), Nadeen Papali'i (C13), Josh Irving (C13), and Ruby Hale (C13). Others included Deborah George (Chair of the Teach First NZ Board), Shaun Sutton (Chief Executive of Teach First NZ), Professor Graeme Aitken (Dean of the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work) and Deidre Shea (Principal of Onehunga High School).
The C14s gave us a taste of their journey, while the C13s welcomed the graduating class into the growing alumni community. The audience was also treated to a dance performance by students of Massey High School: Jonathan Sula, Denyse Davis and Taria Tavai.
Cohort 2014 employment destinations
Of the 18 C14s completing the programme today, at least 16/18 (89%) will still be teaching next year (their third year of teaching). 13/18 (73%) will be in low-decile schools, with 9/18 (50%) remaining in their original host school.
C13s also continue to teach into a fourth year, with 13 out the of the 15 (87%) set to still be teaching in 2016.