Rangitoto College is proud to be a founding school within the Auckland Schools’ Partnership Project (ASPP); a programme which sees talented prospective teachers train in schools while completing their teaching qualifications with Waikato University. 

This year, we are delighted to have two trainee teachers, Dilek Celik and Emily Kennedy, training with us in the Mathematics and Science Departments respectively. Both Dilek and Emily bring a wealth of experience into the classroom from their previous careers; our students are fortunate to be able to learn from their real world experience. 

We are currently inviting applications from prospective trainee teachers for our 2023 intake. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone considering teaching, particularly those considering a career change and looking to be immersed in the school environment while they train. For more information and to apply, please see the vacancies page on our school website. 

Hear from our 2022 trainees, Emily and Dilek, below: 

The opportunity to complete a Teaching Diploma, while being immersed in a warm and inviting school culture has been second to none. Rangitoto College has ensured from the very beginning of the year that I have had the support and guidance necessary to excel in my student-teacher journey. I have thoroughly enjoyed forming positive relationships with the students and being able to bring my Honours-level knowledge into my planning and teaching. This innovative programme has allowed me to grow and explore my teacher identity while becoming a part of the Rangitoto College whānau. My colleagues’ expertise has put me in good stead to graduate with a kete of knowledge and confidence to hit the ground running next year. 

Emily Kennedy 

I started my teaching journey at Rangitoto College by participating in the ASPP programme in 2022. Before deciding to become a teacher, I worked as a researcher and a teaching assistant at the university. Teaching is the one I most enjoyed among the roles I have worked on until now because it is the most rewarding job. I chose to study through the ASPP programme because it provides invaluable professional experience. Being at school every day the whole year benefited me greatly as I learnt about the school and have completed more teaching than a usual student-teacher. Rangitoto College is a great school to start a career. It has eminent and skillful leaders, highly qualified teachers, great students, and a strong culture, which prioritises respect, collaboration, and hard work to provide a safe, supportive and encouraging environment for all the students and staff.  

Dilek Celik