The Warden Jamie Gilbertson leads the Arana community. The term Warden is a traditional description for a person who supervises and leads schools, colleges like Arana and some other institutions. The Warden is responsible for all aspects of the running and day-to-day management of Arana, its residents, and staff.
BA (Otago), Diploma for Graduates ( Otago), Certificate in Theory and Practice of Social Work (Otago ). Ninth Warden of Arana. Jamie is the overall manager of Arana and leader of the community. Jamie sits on the Vice Chancellors Code of Conduct Committee, Limitation of Enrolment Committee, Chairs the Board of Studies for Science Communication and is a contact person for the Ethical Behaviour Group. Jamie is also a Justice of the Peace.
Jamie Gilbertson’s message
My job is to build a community populated by residents who will benefit both academically and socially from living together. The focus of Arana, therefore, is upon each one of you as individuals, as well as with the whole community.
For us to live as a group we must be able to show each other respect and develop a sense of belonging. We want you to enjoy your time with us and we are fortunate here at Arana that we have a range of residential options that allow you to continue living here from your first year until your postgraduate years.
Our top priority is to assist you in every way possible to achieve success in your academic course and we want to build an environment that will make this possible. At the same time having lots of good clean fun in a traditional College way.
Arana has a powerful tutorial system and we have a recreational programme involving outdoor adventure trips, sports events and in-house competitions. As well as our grand Arana Gala Ball with its many surprises included, there is an assortment of other social activities to keep you amused and entertained.
When you arrive, take time to meet with our other new residents, form lasting friendships and have a wonderful year learning and growing together. Most of all I hope you will make worthwhile choices that will add to your intellectual, emotional and spiritual well-being, allowing you to build a bright future for yourself.
So - as the motto suggests, Arana is about education and community and it is my expectation that we will indeed "wield the paddles together".