Settting example key to student success
Don’t go telling Tokoroa teacher Shri Krishna Menon that high school is just for students.
The new head of the technology department at Forest View High School wants the whole community to start engaging more in what students are doing as a way of generating higher achievement, engagement, and motivation.
‘‘I think parents need to have a good relationship with schools and they need to come out and show us that they are just as interested as we are in their kids because it is something that is really fading away these days,’’ he said. ‘‘Most of the time parents are thinking they’ll send their kids to school and there you go, they are your problem now, but it should not be like that.
‘‘It is a society thing and we all need to work together on this to get the best outcomes.’’
Menon, who is originally from Fiji, said he came to Forest View High School from Auckland because he said there were so many opportunities available to allow his vision to be realised.
‘‘My plans are to engage more in community projects and we want to start looking at evening programmes for parents who may want to come in to learn a particular skill.
‘‘We have a very well equipped automotive workshop here which I believe is one of a kind and an industrial kitchen so if there are people out there who are lacking a little bit of knowledge in a particular field we can offer those evening programmes and engage the community which will be huge.
‘‘We have the people who are qualified here to do this and change has to start somewhere.’’
He said encouraging students to focus more on trade skills was also a major area he wants to work on in light of New Zealand’s shortage.
‘‘Starting in the middle of the year means things are always going to be difficult but I am already planning for next year,’’ he said.
That includes offering building and construction up to level three which will be a national certificate, automotive for year 9 students, and partnering with local businesses so students get firsthand industry experience.
‘‘Students these days are not really getting the pathway concept and hence when they come to school they don’t have a good reason to be here.
‘‘By partnering with employment providers students will get the opportunity to go out at an early age and say hey this is what the industry looks like.
‘‘The scope here is really tremendous.’’
Shri Krishna Menon is the new head of technology at Forest View High School in Tokoroa.