Well done Waitaki
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.’’