Principal: Jack Anderson

M.A EdLM (2nd Hons), Pg Dip EdLM, Cert FTPP, B.A Arts, Grd Dip Tch, B.A Ed, Dip Art, Cert BM.

PRINCIPAL UPDATE:   08 December, 2020

 

 

Tena koutou katoa

 

It has been a challenging year and like many other people, I look forward to 2021. Despite the barriers presented this year, our students have managed to come through relatively well. Covid-19 has had a huge impact across the world and has cemented itself in our global history. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been affected and especially to those that we have lost during this ordeal. I also need to acknowledge the great support our whanau and parent community gave to the school as we moved through the varying Alert Levels of Covid-19. Your support and commitment towards the ongoing educational opportunities for all our students was exceptional and warmly appreciated. Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa.

 

Our students continue to succeed on many fronts and our end of year prize giving on Friday December 11 at 6pm will highlight these. Students continue to play well in the numerous sports they participate in and have achieved exceptionally well in the classroom regardless of the challenges presented this year.

 

Our staff put a lot of time and energy into the learning programmes at Whangaroa College and I thank each one of you for your commitment to ensure that our students have opportunities to reach their full potential and experience real success. Our community is very fortunate to have a caring and dedicated staff who are extremely passionate about working with children.

 

I also acknowledge the huge amount of work our support staff do to keep the wheels of the school turning. This includes Nancy and Sue in the front office, Julia our librarian, our teacher aide Anna, Yvette our STAR coordinator, Kim the sports coordinator and Hone who keeps our grounds looking very smart. These people make sure our school is ready for day-to-day operations.

 

We have a forward thinking and innovative Board of Trustees always focused on the best way to meet the needs of the wider community. Their support and drive towards ensuring our students are able to access a broad curriculum is evident at every Board of Trustees meeting. The Trustees focus on always asking the right questions and making sure the school has the right resources in place to achieve the strategic aims of the year. It really is a pleasure to be part of an innovative team.

 

This year there have been several big building projects, which will continue into 2021. There are major renovations planned including the removal of the top storey of the main administration block. This will allow the Board Room to relocate to a downstairs space allowing easy access for all our whanau. The main teaching block will also see several changes take place allowing for a more collaborative teaching and learning environment.

 

For those staff who are moving on to new ventures in 2021 I wish you all the best and I trust you have enjoyed your time here at Whangaroa College. On behalf of the school community, I thank you all for your contributions over the years.

 

A message for all our students. I have always said it is up to you how successful your lives will be. This comes down to the decisions you make and the opportunities you pursue. The school is the vehicle from which you can cherry pick the things you want to embrace to enhance you futures. We can provide you with academic programmes, sporting, cultural and extracurricular activities and experiences but ultimately it will always be up to you on how successful you will be. 

 

To the YR 13s, I have watched many of you grow from YR 7 and I am proud of you all. I trust you will take all the skills and knowledge you have acquired over the years and make valuable contributions to the wider community and world. I wish you all the best for your futures and remember it is not about luck, it is all about being prepared!

 

As we head into the summer season, enjoy the school holidays, be safe, and find quality time to spend with those who are closest to you.

 

Naku noa na

 

Jack Anderson