Newsletter 25th February 2021
Tēnā Koutou Katoa
It is nice to see all our students back at school. We have quite a few new families that have joined us this year. I would like to especially welcome them to Wairoa College. We have had significant roll growth in particular in Years 7-9. Our current roll sits at 522 students.
This year we have some new staff:
Paul Westwood - One of our Deputy Principals with a focus on pastoral care
Priyanka Sharma - Mathematics teacher
Joe McGregor - Physical Education and Health
Raiha Smith - Year 7 teacher
Sarah Martin - Year 7 and 8 teacher release
Ms Kirby - Year 8 teacher
We are very lucky to have such experienced and enthusiastic staff. I am looking forward to seeing what our students can accomplish this year.
I would like to thank our students, staff and families who adapted so quickly to the Alert Level 2 Covid-19 Health and Safety requirements. Fortunately we have now returned to Level 1. However, it is important to be prepared. I want you to know that this is at the top of our minds to ensure that we have the systems in place ready to support our students if we were to ever return to a Level 3 or 4 Lockdown.
Ngā mihi nui
Mrs Jo-Anne Vennell
Attendance is a major focus for Term One. ‘Regular’ attendance is defined for statistical purposes as 90% or higher. However, Ministry of Education analysis shows every day has a cumulative impact on a child’s learning and there is no ‘safe’ level of non-attendance. Every day matters. In the first instance your child's whanau teacher will follow up on unexplained absences. If your child is sick please notify the school by phone, text, or email by 8.30 am. Try to arrange appointments etc. outside school hours or in the holidays.
Leaving School During the Day
Students may not leave the school during school hours except by special arrangement – for example, a parent request (verbal or written) for the student to attend a medical appointment. The student must sign out at the office.
Lunch passes: Permanent, for students who travel to their own home for lunch each day, and one-off, for students who need to be out of school at lunch time on a particular day. Issuing of this pass is managed by the office manager, and requires a note from the student's parent/caregiver.
Year 13 passes: Year 13 students who meet the criteria can be issued a pass to leave the school during lunch times. The pass can be withdrawn if the student abuses this privilege or their attendance doesn't meet 85%.
Quality Teaching and Leadership (NELP)
Recently the Ministry of Education announced National Education and Learning Priorities (NELPS) in schools and kura. Objective 5 states Quality Teaching and Leadership. Under this objective are two actions
Meaningfully incorporate te reo Maori and tikanga Maori into the everyday life of the place of learning
Develop staff to strengthen teaching, leadership and learner support capability across the education workforce.
As a school in the last three years we have made significant progress with building our tikanga across the school.
Every fortnight students attend rotations where they learn about local tikanga, the history of our whare, school haka and waita. In 2019 we also introduced teaching of Te Reo Maori by specialist teachers to all of Year 7-9 which fitted into our compulsory module rotation. As a result of this we have increased our numbers of students choosing Te Reo Maori as a subject in Year 10 and the senior school.
Previously only the students who chose to be in the bilingual class carried on to Year 10-13 in this subject. Over the years numbers in this class dropped significantly so as a school we decided to focus on a broader approach so as to upskill all our students and staff in the use of Te Reo and knowledge of ti kanga. This has been very rewarding.
As a staff we have professional development with staff experts regarding tikanga and this year all staff will be involved in upskilling their Te Reo in designated staff development time. Some staff will also be involved in off-site professional development with community and external experts.
Sports Prefect - Ishmael Kirwan
Manu - Sam Skudder
Te Toki - Tamara Stewart
Patu - Alexis McIntyre
Deputy Head and Nga Taiaha - Tiana Douglas
Head Girl - Ruby Mildon
Principal - Jo Vennell
Head Boy - Teancum Scotson
Deputy Head and Music - Aaron Stafford
Academic/Learning support - Riley Stanaway
Community and Student volunteer - Riverlee Vanpraseuth
Community and Student volunteer - Monica Stewart
IMPORTANT MINISTRY OF EDUCATION ROLL RETURN!
The Ministry of Education require every school in New Zealand to file a return. The school must record and report on a number of items for the Ministry, one of which is attendance.
We ask that for Friday 28th of February, Monday 2nd of March and Tuesday 3rd of March, you write and send in explanation note of absence for your child/ren if they were absent.
Please feel free to email these letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those students who do not bring in notes there will be letters posted out asking that you explain the absence of your child/ren, please check, date, comment and sign these and return them to the College Office as soon as possible.
(The Ministry will not accept acknowledgement of phone messages for those days. It must be in writing).
Your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated
EOTC Activities - Prefect Trip
Acadamic/Learning Support Prefect
LIFE 101 PROGRAMME
Our students were taught the importance of budgeting, knowing where your money is going and how to focus on goals. Knowing what debt is and how to avoid it. Life 101 also focused on CV's, interviews and how to apply for jobs.
On behalf of the Wairoa College Services Academy, we would like to thank JN Williams Memorial Trust and HB Williams Turanga Trust for sponsoring this educational programme. We are so lucky to have their support and being given the power of knowledge.
Year 11 Employment Skills
A special thanks to Vaughan and Gerrard for their interesting presentation and the resources they left for the students.
Ngā mihiPaddy Owen
Level 1 Subject Endorsements
Ngamihi McIlroy Merit - HIS101
Timara Eriha Merit - HIS101
Bethany Kerley Merit - ART101
Jonelle Amato Merit - ART101
Araley Rudd Merit - AEN121, MAC101, ART101, SPS101
Mahinarangi Hume Excellence - MAC101, Merit - ART101, SCI111
Level 2 Subject Endorsements
Riley Stannaway Merit - MAC201, AEN201, BIO201
June Doyle Merit - AEN201
Shechinah Brown Merit - ART201
Laudina Wild Merit - ART201
Tiana Douglas Merit - ART201
Tiana Runga Merit - ART201
Ruby Mildon Merit - ART201
Sam Skudder Merit - ART201
Naleeah Blake Merit - WKIM02
Hunte Storey Merit - ART201
Coral Nepia Merit -WKIM02
Amelia Pasikala Excellence - SPS201
Sharon Maru Excellence - ART201
Level 3 Subject Endorsements
Merit endorsed in SPS301
Te Mahia Keil
Excellence endorsed in SPS301
TOP YEAR 10 STUDENTS 2020
Following on from 2019 we have recognised students who have achieved a high number of Level 1 credits while studying as a Year 10 student in 2020. Each student received a $50 Warehouse voucher. To all Year 10 students this is something for you to aim for this year.
Top Year 10 girls - first equal: Grace Whaanga and Ashley Atkinson
Top Year 10 boys - first equal: Kefir Kirwan and Tom Kerley
Year 10 students this is something for you to aim for this year.
STUDENT VOLUNTEER ARMY
Our student leaders are involved in the student volunteer army which saw them last year involved in a river clean up, helping out at report evening, the ball and mentoring students. Rankin has reached his Bronze award which is a total of 35 hours at the end of 2020.
Rankin was also our top volunteer for 2020
House Day Photos
Athletics Day Photos
Te Toki House Chant
Upcoming Events For Term 1
- Year 11 Agriculture - Thursday 25th February
- Year 7 & 8 Swimming Sports - Friday 26th February
- Learners License Course - Friday 26th February
- Mates & Dates - Tuesday 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd March
- Restricted Drivers - Wednesday 3rd March
- Swimming Sports - Wednesday 3rd March
- Year 7 & 8 Cross-curricular Trip to Gisborne - Thursday 4th March
- Wintech Recruitment Presentation - Friday 5th March
- Hawkes Bay Secondary Swimming Champs - Tuesday 9th March
- Services Induction Camp - Monday 15th March to Friday 26th March
- East Coast North Island Athletics Champs - Wednesday 17th March
- X Country - Wednesday 24th March
- 10R Cross Curricular Trip - Friday 26th March
- EPro8 - Friday 26th March
- Board of Trustees Meeting - Tuesday 30th March
- Interschool Athletics - Wednesday 14th April
- Last Day of Term 1 - Friday 16th April
Public Health Panui Feb 2021
Tena Koutou Whanau,
I hope that everyone has had a lovely summer and managed to get some time with whanau and friends.
I have two public health messages for our community at the start of the school year. The first is around the ongoing vigilance we need around Covid, which still poses an enormous threat to our personal health, public health and our country.
Key messages for us all are:
HANDWASHING is still the number one thing you can do to prevent spread.
SCAN using the Covid app, wherever you go.
Turn on BLUETOOTH function.
Stay at home if you are sick and swab on advice from G.P or healthline.
Role model this behaviour at home and when you are out.
With this new strain of Covid around, it is important to remember that everyone has different symptoms. So if in doubt, STAY HOME AND GET TESTED.
The second message is for our Rangitahi and young adults, so please pass this message on to those in your whanau between the ages of 15-30. We have seen a spike in measles cases on and off over the last few years. Measles is highly infectious (more so than Covid) and can have lasting and life changing effects. People aged between 15-30yrs, may have missed out on the second MMR vaccine due to a change in the schedule. Phone your G.P or check your Plunket/Tamariki Ora book to see if you have had two doses. If you have only had one dose, or no doses, or are unsure, then you are eligible for a free MMR vaccine, in the first instance go to your G.P and if that is not possible Wairoa Pharmacy can provide this service for those aged 16-30yrs and the G.P can provide for those aged 15-30yrs. Free of charge. The last thing we need on top of Covid is a preventable outbreak of measles.
Anne Hurley Public Health Nurse
Wairoa Health Services| Hawke's Bay District Health Board
Private Bag 84, Wairoa 4160
T: ++64 6 838 7099 ext 4832 | F: ++ 64 6 838 9712 | M: 027 2704907