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