Award-win­ning ef­fort

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Cen­tral Hawke's Bay Col­lege has been pre­sented with a na­tional award at Par­lia­ment in Welling­ton.

The CHB high school re­ceived the 2018 Got A Trade, Got It Made School of the Year award from Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Chris Hip­kins at a cer­e­mony in Par­lia­ment last Mon­day.

Thirty-six schools across the coun­try were nom­i­nated by In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tions be­fore they were as­sessed on a wide range of cri­te­ria in­clud­ing ERO re­ports, NCEA re­sults and cur­ricu­lum op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The an­nual award recog­nises a school which has done an out­stand­ing job of en­gag­ing stu­dents in trades and ser­vices ca­reers.

Josh Wil­liams, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the In­dus­try Train­ing Fed­er­a­tion which rep­re­sents all of NZ's recog­nised ITOs, said CHB Col­lege was se­lected as the win­ning school be­cause of its high num­ber of vo­ca­tional path­ways, Gate­way place­ments and high rates of stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion in trades acad­e­mies.

“Cen­tral Hawkes Bay Col­lege has ex­cel­lent pro­grammes which ex­pose its stu­dents to pos­si­bil­i­ties in skilled trades and hu­man ser­vices. Its range of vo­ca­tional path­ways and Gate­way place­ments give its se­nior sec­ondary stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to take part in a wide va­ri­ety of work­place train­ing and learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with lo­cal busi­nesses,” Wil­liams said.

Stu­dents were gain­ing hand­son ex­pe­ri­ence in a range of trades and ser­vices, in­clud­ing re­tail, travel, in­fra­struc­ture, con­struc­tion, so­cial work, bike me­chan­i­cal, cus­tomer ser­vice, beauty and even agri­cul­tural avi­a­tion, he added.

Col­lege prin­ci­pal Lance Chris­tiansen, who at­tended the cer­e­mony, gave credit to his staff, par­tic­u­larly the school's Gate­way co­or­di­na­tor, Kim Walker, for the award.

“A key com­po­nent of this award was to recog­nise the out­stand­ing work un­der­taken by staff, in par­tic­u­lar Mrs Walker in our Gate­way pro­gramme and all our teach­ers who work with men­tor­ing stu­dents,” he said.

Teacher men­tors worked with all stu­dents to un­der­stand their in­di­vid­ual needs and fu­ture as­pi­ra­tions, he said.

“The Board of Trustees' goal for the school is to pro­vide suc­cess for all our stu­dents and our aca­demic, sport­ing and cul­tural op­por­tu­ni­ties al­low them to be suc­cess­ful and leave school and con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to our com­mu­nity.”

The award night started the na­tional Got A Trade! Week which en­cour­ages school leavers to con­sider a trade or ap­pren­tice­ship to “earn and learn”.

The day after re­ceiv­ing the award, CHB Col­lege hosted a Ca­reers Day expo at­tended by ITOs and sev­eral lo­cal busi­ness from the hor­ti­cul­ture, trans­port, meat pro­cess­ing and beauty ther­apy sec­tors among oth­ers.

■ For pho­tos from the ca­reer day see page 8.


CHB Col­lege teacher Shaye An­der­son, prin­ci­pal Lance Chris­tiansen, the col­lege’s Gate­way co­or­di­na­tor, Kim Walker, and Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Chris Hip­kins at the awards cer­e­mony in Welling­ton.

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