The Teach First NZ annual Ako Mātātupu event, which took place on the 25th of November 2014 at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus, had a slight shift in emphasis this year. Not only were we welcoming our new participants for 2015, we were also celebrating the launch of our alumni community as the inaugural 2013 cohort completed their initial two-year commitments in schools.
The event saw over 200 supporters, friends, whānau, funders and partners of Teach First NZ come together, as a wider community, in support of our new participants beginning their teacher education and leadership development, as well as those who have completed it.
The speakers of the evening included Awi Riddell (Kaumātua), Professor Graeme Aitken (Dean of Education at the University of Auckland), Soana Pamaka (Principal of Tamaki College - see video below), Dame Lesley Max (Patron of Teach First NZ), Deborah George (Chair of Teach First NZ – click here to read speech), Shaun Sutton (CEO of Teach First NZ) and participants Josh Irving, Ruby Knight, Esther Rakete, Sarah Watt and Monty Jones.
The audience was also treated to two powerful spoken word performances by Alfriston College students Sheldon Rua (Year 11) and Kimberley Jeffrey (Year 13). Watch Sheldon's incredible performance in the video below. Students from Southern Cross Campus also came to present the graduating cohort with their yearbooks and certificates, and entertain with a medley of songs performed on guitars.
Of the 15 inaugural alumni, 13 are remaining in New Zealand (1 is moving overseas and 1 is travelling overseas in 2015). Of the 13 remaining in New Zealand, 100% are continuing in teaching. The equates to 87% of the full alumni cohort.
• 62% (8/13) have secured employment in decile 1-3 schools
• 38% (5/13) have secured employment in higher decile schools