Praised for school sci­ence

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

It seems Toko­roa’s For­est View High School sci­ence stu­dents are in good hands un­der the lead­er­ship of sci­ence head Ka­mal Nair.

Nair’s hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to see­ing sci­ence em­braced at the South Waikato school was recog­nised dur­ing the pres­ti­gious 10th an­nual Ku­dos Hamil­ton Sci­ence Ex­cel­lence Awards at Claude­lands Arena on Thurs­day night.

The aim of The Ku­dos Awards was to cel­e­brate the best of Waikato sci­en­tists and their world lead­ing re­search and in­no­va­tion.

Nair, who has been at For­est View High School for three years and pre­vi­ously taught at Toko­roa High School, was one of three fi­nal­ists for the Win­tec Se­condary Sci­ence Teacher /Ed­u­ca­tor/ Com­mu­ni­ca­tor Award. St Peter’s School’s Sara Lough­nane and Te Awa­mutu Col­lege’s Nataliia Kravchenko were also nom­i­nated with Lough­nane go­ing through to win.

Nair said he was hon­oured to have been nom­i­nated and given the chance to rub shoul­ders with some of the coun­try’s world renowned sci­en­tists dur­ing the event’s black tie din­ner.

He was nom­i­nated by Auck­land Univer­sity’s Dr Paul Lowe, who is also his sci­ence ad­vi­sor.

‘‘He looked at what I do here at For­est View High School, such as tak­ing kids out on field trips for con­tex­tual based learn­ing, ac­cess­ing a wide range of learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the stu­dents such as e-learn­ing through Google Class­room, tar­get­ing stu­dents early in the year and mon­i­tor­ing their progress to make sure they don’t fall out and that they are achiev­ing their goals for the year, and see­ing that Maori and Pasi­fika achieve­ment is the same as other eth­nic groups,’’ he said.

Nair said stu­dent en­gage­ment in sci­ence at the school has vastly im­proved as a result and he is feel­ing pos­i­tive about the fu­ture. Through more com­mu­nity based ini­tia­tives he hopes to fur­ther it still.

‘‘We have gone from hav­ing two classes to three do­ing level one and sci­ence is not even com­pul­sory here at For­est View for year 11,’’ he said.

‘‘I have also in­tro­duced level two sci­ence and our num­bers are go­ing up year by year. One of the rea­sons for that is be­cause stu­dents are achiev­ing in sci­ence and they are en­joy­ing the suc­cess.’’

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

For­est View High School’s head of sci­ence Ka­mal Nair.

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