Vibrant year for area school
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.