Vi­brant year for area school

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It’s been a vi­brant and bur­geon­ing year with many pos­i­tives within the school.

Our out­look to 2019 is for many new ad­ven­tures and op­por­tu­ni­ties, with our school roll reach­ing the 500-pupil mark this year.

There have been im­prove­ments, with the out­side court area be­ing resur­faced with Tiger Turf, which is prov­ing hugely pop­u­lar for both ju­nior and se­nior school stu­dents as well as the Whanga­mata¯ com­mu­nity.

The gym’s roof was also re­placed, which pro­vides a health­ier in­door sports area.

Both these projects were fi­nan­cially as­sisted by the PTA, now re­named the school Fundraising Com­mit­tee.

The greater links that have been formed be­tween the school, home and the com­mu­nity have be­come ap­par­ent dur­ing the year. An ex­am­ple is The Menz Shed’s in­te­gra­tion with the school in the work­shop, shar­ing in­ter­ests.

The sub­ject choice at Whanga­mata¯ Area School has ex­panded and now in­cludes Au­to­mo­tive, Busi­ness Stud­ies at NCEA Lev­els 1 and 2, Dig­i­tal Tech­nol­ogy Level 1, Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion at Lev­els 1, 2 and 3 and Health at Lev­els 1, 2 and 3.

The sport­ing scene in­cludes the over­sub­scribed Surf Squad, tar­get­ing of two boys’ rugby teams for 2019, four bas­ket­ball teams — two girls’ and two boys’ — and a cricket team in the Thames Val­ley 20/20 com­pe­ti­tion.

Our in­ter­na­tional stu­dents con­tinue to play a key role in the fab­ric of the school. These stu­dents from Europe and Asia in­ter­act with both stu­dents and com­mu­nity to add a global per­spec­tive.

We also said farewell to long-serv­ing tech­nol­ogy teacher Bob Pipe and grounds­man Jimmy Bell and wish mu­sic teacher Eu­gene du Preez well in his fu­ture ca­reer.

It is a hugely di­verse role to be a school prin­ci­pal, with many in­ter­ested par­ties in­clud­ing stu­dents, par­ents, teach­ers, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and be­ing able to con­trol the con­trol­lables is paramount.


Whanga­mata¯ Area School at the Christ­mas Pa­rade.

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