Dr Marie Brown visited her old school today to hand over a copy of her new book, “Vanishing Nature”, to Mr Benton. Marie is the senior policy analyst for the Environmental Defence Society. During her visit, she visited a year 10 class to talk about her academic study and career since leaving Glenfield, and caught up with teachers she knew while at the college.
Congratulations to ex-Glenfield Student Daniel Roberts who gained his Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from The Auckland University of Technology.
Daniel came into the college to visit staff and students in the Technology Department and to talk about the project he has been working on at Mayekawa Australia.
Daniel said ‘I was Mechanical Design Engineer for the chiller sets that are going to be installed at a Fonterra site in Southland.
There will be 3 identical chiller sets installed at this site, each set has a 2MW Mayekawa compressor to compress the Ammonia gas for heat exchange. The compressors were designed and Manufactured in Japan. The Heat exchangers were also free issued. The rest of the Chiller set was designed from ground up by myself, fitting particular requirements and specifications of the client, this involved design of pressure vessels, pressurised piping and structural steel framing. A single chiller set dimensions were 8m long, 4m wide and 3.8m high weighing 44 tonne.’
Weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs secured bronze in the women’s +75kg class. The 28-year-old compiled 237 points in the event, which comprised the snatch and the clean and jerk. Lambrechs had stiff competition for the bronze from Australia’s Deborah Acason, but a final lift of 136kg in the clean and jerk was enough to seal it, celebrating by wrapping coach Adam Storey in a huge bear hug. (From NZ Herald- see article here)
Friday morning at Glenfield College today was like no other. Kara Gordon, a former Glenfield College student and widely successful guitar virtuoso paid a visit to his former high school. Students who filled the theatre expecting a regular Friday morning assembly truly had no idea what was coming. Kara in his career has supported many big names in the music industry including Slash, Elton John and Glen Hughes from Deep Purple. Students and teachers alike were in slack-jawed awe as Gordon shredded the guitar at one point even playing with his teeth.
Award Winning actor, Jodie Rimmer visited her old school again this morning and spoke at the whole school assembly. (see above right). Jodie has based her acting career here in New Zealand in order to prioritise her commitment to family. She has appeared in numerous TV and Movie productions in her established career. Readers may remember her performance in Young Hercules as Lilith (see above left), alongside Hercules(Ryan Gosling) and Iolaus (Dean O’Gorman). She has also appeared on Shortland St, The Strip, In My Father’s Den, and just recently, Auckland Daze, among many others.
Jodie emphasised to the students not to value yourself by the work you do, but by developing a healthy sense of who you are as a person. She also described herself as an unconventional person in a very conventional world, something that she has grown to appreciate and value in herself. Her struggle with depression was also mentioned, first evident in Florida when she was 17, during a one year exchange program. Jodie feels strongly that talking about your feelings, having supportive friends and seeking professional help has helped her to manage what can be a very challenging illness.
The Legend, that is Kathryn Whillans is retiring at the end of this year after over 35 years of dedicated service to Glenfield College and Drama education nationally. Former student, Craig Parker, appeared by Skype from Canada to give a moving message to Kathryn at her farewell yesterday. Other long standing members of staff, including Graeme King, Chrissy Jones-Major and Margaret Sullivan also spoke. They enlightened the staff and friends gathered, of Kathryn’s long career in drama and strong pastoral care abilities. Former students also remembered their involvement with the drama department and the effect Kathryn had on their lives. To conclude the speeches, Kathryn spoke of her long career, finding her way into Drama teaching, her training in England and return to NZ, where she took up her position as HOD Drama at Glenfield College. Kathryn mentioned that the weeds in her garden better look out now she will be at home a little more.