Saying school is cool
Week’s focus is attendance
The annual Tokoroa Attendance Week campaign was a huge success last week.
One of the campaign’s highlights was the Community Education Expo evening at St Lukes Community Church.
Forest View High School year 10 student Leith McCloskey was awarded the prize for winning the, It’s not okay to miss a day Attendance Awareness Week poster competition.
Leith spoke about his love for graphic and cartoon art.
‘‘ Jimmy is a character I created and I thought it might be cool to use him in this poster to illustrate the fact that it’s not cool to skip school,’’ he said.
Leith’s winning design will be incorporated in posters for distribution around the community to promote school attendance.
The evening also had Truancy Ambassador Bob Tiaki deliver an inspirational speech to families to encourage a positive culture in the home where valuing education was considered normal.
He spoke about the importance of making sure children attended school every day.
Tokoroa Intermediate won the Truancy Rap/Poem/Song competition.
Another campaign highlight was the Valuing Education and Educators evening where teachers were presented with certificates and gift baskets by Mayor Neil Sinclair:
Awards for Exceptional Contribution to the life of a school went to: Denise Hein, Tony Jones and Hinehou Thornton.
Raising Maori achievement awarded to: Chris Stokes, Keinan Ngapo and Hinehou Thornton.
Raising Pacific achievement awarded to: Aaron Matua, Mr Sonny ( Smiley) Aiono and Teokotai Tarai.
Encouraging Community Partnership awarded to: Heather Williamson, Trish Priscot ( Reducing Truancy award) and Teokotai Tarai.
Long Service awards were given to: Raylene Som- merville, Kirsty Puke and Dr Trevor Bentley.
The Truancy Awareness campaign was one of the initiatives run under the auspices of Tokoroa Youth Trials and included 2000 information packs distributed to families and truancy visibility stickers displayed in shop windows.
The week was deemed a success and is planned to occur annually.
IT’S NOT OK . . . to miss a day’’: Ambassador-Uncle Bob Tiaki, poster competition winner Leith McCloskey, Truancy Awareness Week project manager Ngaroma Reti and The Rev Timote Turu.