Reach­ing for the stars

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

Build­ing on its strong lead­er­ship fo­cus, For­est View High School has be­come the sec­ond STAR high school in Toko­roa.

Prin­ci­pal Ian Fer­gu­son said the move comes af­ter a re­view of its peer sup­port sys­tem.

‘‘We wanted the tran­si­tion [from year 8 to year 9] to be even bet­ter.’’

He said the STAR pro­gramme tar­gets that.

‘‘We’ve got some amaz­ing kids who would be fan­tas­tic as men­tors.’’

He said pro­vid­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to step up into a lead­er­ship po­si­tion has got to be a pos­i­tive move.

There will be one men­tor for ev­ery three new stu­dents, he said.

‘‘ In time ap­point an or­di­na­tor.’’

The cost for the school is we’ll need

in­ter­nal to co- $32,000 an­nu­ally, Fer­gu­son said, and the school is in the process of sourc­ing spon­sors.

‘‘ That [ cost] sup­ports stu­dents to be in­volved in the three as­pects of STAR: Com­mu­nity chal­lenge, ad­ven­ture camp and com­mu­nity project.’’

The pro­gramme is com­pletely free for stu­dents.

‘‘ It’s about mak­ing sure there’s equal­ity in it, so noone misses out.’’

He said the ex­pense is the only downside pro­gramme.

‘‘ But we think that the in­vest­ment is re­ally worth it.’’

He said the only rea­son the pro­gramme has been re­fused in the past is for lack of time.

‘‘ The school has been in­volved in so many projects and ini­tia­tives that we can only han­dle so many things at one time.’’

Toko­roa High School has been a STAR school for eight years now.

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Photo: PET­RICE TAR­RANT

New start: Prin­ci­pal Ian Fer­gu­son is ex­cited about For­est View High School be­com­ing a STAR school.

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