Farewell for Mr Rob Ferreira – Director of Teaching
At assembly this
morning we bid farewell Mr Rob Ferreira, the Director of Teaching and Learning,
who has given more than twenty years of service to Palmerston North Boys’ High
School and the young men who attend here.
Mr Ferreira was
first employed on a fixed term six-month contract in May 1993. In November of that year his position as a
Chemistry and Physics teacher was made permanent. That role did not remain long as in April
1994 he resigned to take up a position on a dairy farm. The call of the classroom though was too much
for Mr Ferreira to resist, and he returned to a long term relief Science
teaching position at PNBHS in February 1995.
In January 1996 Mr Ferreira’s position as a Chemistry and Physics
teacher was made permanent.
Mr Ferreira was
first appointed to a position with leadership responsibility in January 2002,
when he was made teacher in charge of General Studies – a programme similar to
Recreation for Year 12 students. In
January 2003 Mr Ferreira was appointed to the position of Year 13 Dean, a key
leadership role which includes the organisation of the annual Mountain
Trip. In 2004 he was awarded a year’s
leave to undertake university study to upgrade his teaching qualification.
from this study leave in January 2005, Mr Ferreira was appointed to the position
of Head of the Science Department. This
position entails the leadership of more than twenty staff members and
overseeing four curriculum areas in one of the largest subject departments in
the school. Mr Ferreira continued ion
this role until term four 2012, when he was appointed to the position of Acting
Senior Master. In January 2013 Mr
Ferreira was the first appointment to the newly created position of Director of
Teaching and Learning, a new senior management position at Palmy Boys.
Mr Ferreira is highly
regarded amongst the staff, who recognise his expertise as a classroom
teacher. He has played a significant
role in helping to place greater emphasis onto teaching and learning within our
school and in the introduction of a range of new teaching and learning
initiatives. Mr Ferreira has a genuine
empathy for young men and works hard to help provide them with the tools they
need in order to achieve, something which has often necessitated him giving up
his time to run lunch time and afterschool tutorials.
Mr Ferreira has
had an essential role in assisting with staff development, creating
opportunities and providing the expertise to assist our teaching staff to
develop their knowledge and skills.
Again, the emphasis in this role is on helping to ensure the best
outcomes for the young men who attend our school.
In recent years
we have developed a close relationship with Massey University in terms of the
delivery of the new Masters of Teaching and Learning degree, and Mr Ferreira
has played an instrumental role in this.
Mr Ferreira has
been fully committed to the PNBHS co-curricular programme. He has been involved in coaching and managing
a range of sports teams including rugby, basketball mountain biking and squash.
Mr Ferreira has been fully involved in
providing outdoor education opportunities as well through his involvement with
Year 10 and Year 13 camps. He has
enjoyed opportunities to support school cultural activities, with an annual
highlight for him being the senior production.
leaves us to take up the position of Deputy Principal at St. John’s College in
Hastings and we wish him all the best for the next stage in his career.