Message from the Principal

E ngā reo, e ngā mana, rau rangatira mā, ngā matā waka, tēnei te mihi nui atu ki ā koutou katoa. Ko te wawata me te tumanako ka noho ora mai koutou katoa.

Firstly, welcome to all students, staff and families to Whakatane High School for the 2020 school year. This year we welcome approximately  240 Year 9 students, 40 new International students and 12 new staff members. In addition, there are new students at the other school year levels.

Whakatane High School has enjoyed considerable growth over the last few years and this has continued in 2020. In 2020 we will have over 1000 students enrolled in school. This represents a growth of over 250 students in the last four years.

This growth has been supported with a strong emphasis on Whakawhanaungatanga where students and staff make strong connections so that students have a strong sense of identity and belonging in the school. We work to ensure that this approach is evident in all that we do.

Our wide range of academic, sports and cultural programmes provide students with a range of opportunities to ensure they have a rich experience and valued outcomes as a learner at the school. 

As you read this prospectus I hope you get a sense of the innovation and passion we have for learning at our school.  We are a school focussed on improving and as we move into 2020, our team will be sharpening its focus on 2021 and working with the community, students and staff to develop a clear vision and set of values that will help guide us into making changes that will future-proof our school and enable our students to achieve and thrive in society.

The school would like to thank our community for their support of the school as witnessed by these growing numbers. The school’s Board of Trustees, however, are looking at how the school can monitor and control so that we do not have roll growth at the expense of the quality of education we offer our students.

This year will see the second year of Bring Your Own Chromebook (BYOC) for all Year 9 students. The school has spent the last 18 months preparing for the initiative as we look to better prepare our students for life in the modern world.  We are signalling that in 2021 we aim to work towards a 1:1 device ratio for all students. Over the last 24 months, staff have had considerable professional development, the school wireless network has been upgraded and we have established an E-Hub to support staff and students to ensure there is an effective and efficient use of this technology. We have also signed an agreement with Bay Trust and First Credit Union to make sure that Chromebooks are accessible for all our families.

2020 promises to be a year of strengthening what we know that works, improving in areas of challenge and setting our sights on the horizon as we look towards 2021 and beyond to ensure we are a leading future-focused school.

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.

Martyn Knapton

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