Well done Waitaki

Waitaki Herald - - NEWS -

Waitaki Girls’ High School was thrilled to ac­knowl­edge a record num­ber of pupils who re­ceived merit and ex­cel­lence- en­dorsed NCEA cer­tifi­cates in 2014.

The pupils were cel­e­brated in an aca­demic as­sem­bly last week, where spe­cial men­tion was made of pupil Abbey Cham­ber­lain, who gained a schol­ar­ship pass in clas­sics.

Clare Kear­ney, of Net­work Waitaki, a spon­sor of the event, helped present awards.

Prin­ci­pal Tracy Walker said it was ‘‘ex­tremely heart­en­ing to have so many girls walk across the stage to­day’’.

It was the high­est num­ber awarded at one of the school’s aca­demic as­sem­blies and a trib­ute to the com­bined ef­forts and part­ner­ship of girls, their teach­ers and par­ents/ care­givers work­ing hard to­gether.

‘‘Their re­sults are some­thing that they can be proud of and some­thing that all of us should cel­e­brate.’’

The school also launched their Pos­i­tive Be­hav­iour for Learn­ing (PB4L) pro­gramme last week.

A foun­da­tion value within its school, the ini­tia­tive is a school-wide pro­gramme which aims to pro­mote ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour in a pos­i­tive non-threat­en­ing and sup­port­ive way to all stu­dents and staff.

It is based on more than 20 years of world­wide re­search in cre­at­ing pos­i­tive school cul­tures and aims to min­imise be­havioural prob­lems and max­imise and cel­e­brate pos­i­tive so­cial and aca­demic stu­dent be­hav­iour.

Waitaki Girls’ High School’s PB4L val­ues and ex­pec­ta­tions are based on de­vel­op­ing learn­ers who are: Re­spect­ful, Re­spon­si­ble and Re­silient.

Dur­ing the launch day the stu­dents gath­ered in their houses to dis­play vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tions of what they thought PB4L would look like in the school.

Max Gold from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion joined in the day of cel­e­bra­tions.

Prin­ci­pal Tracy Walker said PB4L would en­sure ‘‘we have a school com­mu­nity built on pos­i­tive and re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ships’’.

‘‘We want to ac­knowl­edge and cel­e­brate the many ways that our girls be­have pos­i­tively and live and breathe our val­ues and ex­pec­ta­tions in their ev­ery­day lives.’’

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