Whakatane High School is a lead school for the Gateway Programme catering for students in years 12 and 13.
Gateway assists the school to make learning relevant for students and to broaden their options by offering them both traditional and workplace learning. Gateway students pursue individual learning programmes, which allow them to gain new skills and knowledge in a workplace in our local community. The learning is hands-on and practical.
Students are assessed in the workplace against unit and achievement standards which contribute to the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), as well as industry-specific qualifications.
Gateway is not a work experience programme. It is a programme that helps ensure that our students have a smooth transition from school to work or further training/education.
Gateway students are currently working in a wide variety of industries including, hospitality, automotive, retail, tourism, engineering, and building, which to date, have been the most popular.
This is a very successful programme providing students with both industry-related qualifications and employment.