We are really excited to announce that the AA Defensive Driving Course will be held here in our facilities from Term 2.

This course is designed to help new drivers be aware of the dangers and potential risks of other drivers on our Roads. Primarily designed for but not limited to Restricted Drivers. This course is run by a Qualified AA Defensive Driving Instructor and includes a 1 hour in car driving assessment. A Certificate is issued upon passing the course which reduces the restriction period by 6 mths.

This course will give Drivers the skills, confidence and knowledge to be a safer and smarter Driver.   Learn how to identify hazards, different scenarios and minimize the risks of being in a crash.  There is access to the online driver training system, 4 classroom sessions and an in-car session (schedule to a time that suits both the Instructor and you).

Did you know that people who attend Defensive Driving Courses are 10% more likely to pass their driving Test the first time.

For holders of a Learner licence

This course will help you pass your restricted test and will include a one hour in-car session which will develops your driving skills.  Once you have your Restricted Licence, you will be able to apply to receive your Full Licence six months earlier.

For holders of a Restricted licence

You are 10% more likely to pass your full licence test on the first try. It also reduces the time you’ll spend on your restricted licence by 6 months. If you’re over 25, the time on your restricted licence is reduced from 6 months to 3 months.

Full licence holders

Even full licence holders benefit from completing the AA Defensive Driving Course. If you’re a police recruit, a court referral, completing a Police Diversion programme or want to refresh your driving knowledge and skill base, you’ve come to the right place. The AA Defensive Driving Course is designed specifically for you.

Please note that there are limited spaces and no discounts can be used against this course.

For all the details of what has happened in Term 1 and a look forward to what is still to come later in the year.


With 2019 well underway, we are currently taking enrollments for our English courses for Speakers of other languages.  The term has started today 11th February and will run through to the end of Term 1 on the 1st April 2019.  There are further classes scheduled for term 2, term 3 and term 4.  Students can study either for a term or two right up to taking a full year of Study.

Our classes run daily from Monday to Friday and we have a range of levels from Elementary (little or no English at all) right through to our Advanced Levels where some Students may be able to prepare for IELTs testing.

IELTs stands for The International English Language Testing System.  This standard tests a students ability to listen, speak, read and write in English.  Many Universities, Work Places and Tertiary Institutions require a Student to have received a certain level of IELTs before commencement to ensure that they are fluent in English to be able to understand and undertake the work required.

We offer two types of English Classes.  Conversational English which is ideal for those that wish to work on their listening and conversational skills only or our General English which works on all aspects speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Our Tutors are flexible and will adapt to the needs of their class.  That may mean more focus on writing, or more focus on speech and listening.

Did you know that if you are a Citizen or Permanent Resident in New Zealand for more than 3 years, that you may be able to study English for free.

Please feel free to contact anytime for further information.

First off, I would like to thank everyone for their patience over the 2018-2019 Christmas break.  I myself have been on a steep learning curve learning how to update and maintain our website.

Our courses are now fully updated for the 2019 year and downloadable brochures will be available online soon.

You may notice that some of our previous courses are no longer showing and that is because we are currently seeking Tutors to fill those gaps.  Term One for us will be a massive drive to reinstate old courses as well as develop new and exciting courses.  Our secondary focus for this year will also be to lift our profile in the Community, making sure that everyone knows that we are here and haven’t gone anywhere.  I see a lot of posts on Facebook asking where they can learn a language or a skill as people haven’t necessarily been aware of who we are and where we are.

Also different will be our office hours.  Some of you may know me from Glenfield College and although I will still be doing mostly what I had been doing for the College but also now the Community Education so my time will be split between both areas.

The Office at the Community College will be open Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 8.30am – 12.30pm and Tuesday & Thursdays 12.30pm – 4pm.

If you need to contact me outside those hours, please feel free to email me at info@gcc.co.nz or phone and leave a message on the office phone.


Here’s to a brighter and improved 2019.

As we draw closer to the Christmas Season and towards the end of the last School term of 2018, we at Glenfield College Community Education are putting our thinking caps on.

Some changes have already been made.  My name is Julie Kilroy and I am the recently appointed Community Education Coordinator.  You may already know me if your child is or has been attending Glenfield College.  Since starting in 2011, I have been the person dealing with your payments and Student Accounts.  But there always comes time for change and for me that is now and with a positive attitude, I am embracing the changes as a way to make improvements both for my family and myself and allowing myself to grow and learn new skills.

Most of us can remember a time when the Community College was a thriving hub of multiple courses happening each night at different places around the College.  Did continuing Education go out of Vogue.  That I can’t answer, but I do know that it is also time to start listening to the Community and hearing what they want.

Current Tutors are wonderful.  Diane and Timothy do a wonderful job teaching people English and lets face it, with our Kiwi slang and off the cuff remarks, that must make it very difficult for those that don’t have English as their first language.  Susana is a delight to her class in teaching Spanish and our Sewing courses with Annette are proving to be very popular.  We are hoping to bring back some more Business Orientated classes like Xero, Excel and basic bookkeeping as well.

If you or people you know have talents or skills and would like to earn extra money, please get in contact with us.  You may be a Master of Renovations, awesome at crafts, keen writer or have an eye for photography.  You may be a local Historian with vast knowledge of the area.  You could be a florist, you could be experienced with essential oils or other natural remedies and healing techniques.  Anything at all.  We want to during Term 1 in 2019 build up a Database of potential courses and Tutors as well as listening to what the community wants and then put it all together.  We want feedback and input and are ready to listen.

We haven’t gone anywhere but we are changing for the better and see a fresh start in 2019.

Lifelong learning is widely spoken about in the context of the education sector in New Zealand. The concept of lifelong learning is underpinned by learning which is flexible, diverse and available at different times and in different places. It is, in its essence, learning which is pursued throughout life. The fundamental value of lifelong learning is that it promotes learning beyond traditional schooling and throughout adult life. This is based on Delors’ (1996) four ‘pillars’ of education for the future:

  1. Learning to know – to gain an understanding of the world and its complexities, and to provide an appropriate foundation for future learning.
  2. Learning to do – to provide the skills needed to effectively participate economically and socially.
  3. Learning to be – to provide self-analytical and social skills to enable realisation of full potential.
  4. Learning to live together – to cement the values implicit within human rights, democratic principles, cultural competency and respect and peace at all levels of society and human relationships.

Lifelong learning instils creativity, initiative and responsiveness in people, thereby enabling them to show adaptability through enhancing skills to:

  • Manage uncertainty;
  • Communicate across and within cultures, families and communities; and
  • Negotiate conflicts.

The importance of having the ability to keep learning for a lifetime is embedded into the principle of lifelong learning. Lifelong and lifewide learning is fundamental in achieving:

  1. Personal fulfilment
  2. Active citizenship
  3. Social inclusion
  4. Employability/adaptability

These tenets are reflected in the practice of Adult and Community Education (ACE) within New Zealand – allowing adults to engage in systematic and sustained learning activities in order to gain new forms of knowledge, skills, attitudes, or values. ACE is hugely valuable to society and operates in Formal, Non-Formal and Informal learning environments.

Whatever your learning needs may be, there is an ACE learning context available to you to assist you in achieving your goals. Why not tell us about your lifelong learning journey so far? Post a comment here, we’d love to hear from you.

With Easter approaching, here’s a recipe to make your own Easter eggs at home or get the kids to make them.

Add a personal touch to your Easter eggs this year and discover the joy of making your own. Get the kids on board and with a little time and patience you’ll soon be whipping up impressive Easter egg creations at home.

What you’ll need

  • 400g of good quality cooking chocolate (for 2 large eggs)
  • Easter egg moulds (available from craft stores, such as Spotlight)

Step 1

Break the chocolate into similarly sized pieces and place in a heatproof bowl that will easily fit over a saucepan. Add a little water to the saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer. Place the bowl over the simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. You want to keep the heat as low as possible to prevent the chocolate overheating and seizing.

Step 2

Using a ladle, fill the Easter egg mould about a quarter full with melted chocolate. Tilt and twist the mould to make sure the chocolate completely covers the whole mould, then tip any excess back into the bowl. Clean up the edges of the mould, then place it aside for 10 minutes to set.

Step 3

Once it’s set, pour in another ladleful of melted chocolate, repeating the twisting and twirling action to ensure it’s evenly covered. If you’re chocolate has become too hard, gently reheat over the simmering water until it reaches a pourable consistency. Place the mould aside to set.

Step 4

Repeat the process three or four times until the chocolate is thick enough. Don’t allow the excess to pool in the bottom of the mould, and ensure you keep the edges of the mould clean, otherwise you’ll have a jagged-edged final egg. Place the egg halves in the fridge for two hours to set.

Step 5

To remove the egg halves, gently but firmly pull the corners of the mould, allowing the egg to pop out. Melt a little more chocolate and dip one half of the egg into the hot chocolate. Quickly stick two egg halves together and hold firmly for a few moments to allow it to set. Place in the fridge for a final 10 minutes to completely set.

Step 6

Don’t forget to wrap the eggs in foil, cellophane or paper to add the final touch to your Easter creations.

new zealand chinese new year

New Zealand is famous for its diversity of the cultures and ethnic groups of its residents. Not only is New Zealand home to the Maori and Kiwi people, the country also contains a thriving Chinese community with significant numbers.

Every year, Chinese New Year is celebrated as the most important holiday of the Chinese calendar as well as being one of the oldest events in the world, dating back to more than 2,000 years ago.

Chinese New Year usually falls between the end of January and February with the upcoming 2018 Chinese New Year starting on the 16th of February. Celebrations usually last for 23 days which is derived from the lunar calendar.

The history of Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Like many celebrations in the Western calendar, Chinese New Year is filled with traditional Chinese food, decorations, and captivating activities. Many of these traditions are passed down from the practices of ancient Chinese residents.

Chinese New Year is said to fend off a beast in Chinese beliefs. The beast is thought to be afraid loud noises and the colour red. Hence fireworks and the prominent red outfits during the celebrations actually have a meaning behind them.

These ancient beliefs were the foundations of the first New Year celebrations and it has been passed down to today’s generation where Chinese New Year is universally celebrated regardless of race and religion.

Usually, the first few days of Chinese New Year celebrations are observed as public holidays; some countries that do not have a significant Chinese background may have shorter holidays, however.

Things to do in New Zealand during Chinese New Year

Christchurch Lantern Festival

christchurch lantern festival

In the peaceful city of Christchurch, several events are held during Chinese New Year with one of them being the Chinese Lantern Festival on the weekends of the celebration.

Lantern festivals were traditionally celebrated on the 15th day of the lunar month when the new year passes. The festival is widely acknowledged to originate from the belief that ghostly spirits can be seen under the light of the full moon.

Ancient Chinese people believed that the lanterns allowed them to spot these spirits during the festival.

Chinese New Year stargazing

Stargazing and star lore has always been an important observation for Chinese New Year celebrations. Since ancient times, the Eastern sky is observed during the night when the moon is in full shape.

Ancient Chinese astronomers studied and observed Jupiter’s orbit, finding out that it took the planet roughly 12 years to complete a cycle. This discovery was the foundation of the Chinese Zodiac, with each of the 12 years being associated with a different animal.

At the South Island’s Lake Tekapo, tourists can head over to famous stargazing spots to experience Chinese New Year in a unique way.  The ancient Chinese believed that Jupiter shines the brightest during Chinese New Year which is seen as an auspicious period for humans.

Auckland’s Chinese New Year Festival and Market Day

Every year in one of New Zealand’s largest and most diverse cities, Auckland hosts an annual Chinese New Year Festival and Market Day which usually starts a few days before the date of the celebration itself.

This fantastic event started over 30 years ago and is still growing today with over 200 stalls of sumptuous Chinese delicacies and, cuisine, traditional fine arts and crafts, as well as performances such as the famous lion dance.

If you’re in Auckland at this time of the year, do yourself a favor and head over to the festival – you will love it!

Have a blast at SkyCity Auckland

auckland skytower

For more than 20 years, SkyCity Auckland has been celebrating Chinese New Year with massive fanfare and it has become one of the most anticipated events of the year in the City of Sails.

For two weeks, the 328 meters tall Sky Tower will glow red and gold in accordance with traditional Chinese New Year colors. The beaming tower can be seen all across Auckland as a signal for residents to celebrate the new year in style.

Again, there will free entertainment in and around the tower such as will fantastic cultural performances, traditional Chinese drumming as well as modern events like acrobatics mixed with a touch of Chinese heritage.


We are nearing the end for our Xmas holiday break. So from us to you, we would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Merry Xmas and a Happy new year.

Our term 1 for 2018, starts on the 12 February 2018 but in the mean time head over to our website to enrol for any or all the courses for next year 


Our office will be open from the 5th February 2018 so pop in to say Hi 


With Guy Fawkes coming up on Sunday, here is some information on locations on where there will fireworks displays around Auckland.