Message from the Principal

2018 has seen considerable roll growth at Whakatane High School. In addition to a large Year 9  cohort, it is also pleasing to see good retention of students into the senior school. This has resulted in a roll of 900 students, the largest in many years. The school wishes to acknowledge our community for their support of Whakatane High School.

Term 2 will see a number of important events. Academic Counselling will be held on the 16th and 17th May. This is a very important process as students evaluate their progress to date and, in conjunction with their family and form teachers, set goals for the remainder of the year. These interviews have traditionally been very well supported and I would encourage all families to make an appointment.

Preparations for the Whakatane High School production of “High School Musical” are well underway. The show will open on 26th June and I am sure it will meet the high standards set by our previous school productions. In addition a large number of winter sports teams are now competing in a range of sports.

The refurbishment of three science laboratories will be finally completed in early June. It will certainly be pleasing to see this project finished, and I am sure that this new facility will provide our students and teachers with top quality teaching spaces.

Ten local schools continue to collaborate as members of the Whakatane community of learning. A recent highlight has been the combined teacher only day held late in Term 1. This day  allowed our local teaching and support staff to enjoy top quality professional development from Nathan Mikaere Wallis. In addition all schools shared programs and approaches with colleagues from other schools. The survey responses from participants was overwhelmingly positive. Responses highlighted not only enjoying the professional development but also the opportunity to meet and develop links with local colleagues. I am positive that the learning from this day will have a strong impact in the classrooms of our community.

Finally, I encourage all families to stay strongly involved in their children’s school. Whakatane High School welcomes this family involvement and we know that a strong relationship between home and school will significantly contribute to student success.

C.L. Nielsen




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