Syndicate Members

Room 27: Tracy McHatton (Lead Teacher)

Room 24: Lavinia Macefield

Room 25: Fran Viljoen

Room 26: Alana Burgess

Syndicate Goal

Our aim in Syndicate D is develop an atmosphere of inclusion and acceptance of others. School should be a place where everyone feels safe, valued and are a part of the experience together. Helping students to understand themselves as learners and accept differences and abilities in others is a vital part of this dynamic.


We want to develop students who are curious, and have the skills to question the world around them and challenge themselves to strive further, all the while becoming more resilient and independent in their learning.


Our teachers and students will work collaboratively to achieve this goal utilising our digital tools, our collective expertise and the strengths from the community around us.

ALJ Synopsis

Is the grass always greener?

 Our society has changed as people move around the world in search of a better or safer life for them and their families. What motivates people to travel to new places such as New Zealand? Where do they come from? Is life in their new country always as good as they believed it would be? What do people give up to make these great changes in their lives? And what do they gain?


New Zealand promotes itself as the clean green ideal, but is it really? What issues do we face here in New Zealand to keep our country clean and green?


In our world we are exposed to so much more of other people's lives and the world around us through the many technological means available in this modern age. How true are the lives we see played out on TV, advertising and social media? What knowledge and critical thinking skills do we need in order to understand this new landscape? How do we make sure we can be part of this digital world without losing ourselves within it?


These are just some of the questions we will explore through our ALJ in Syndicate D during 2018.