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Te Kauwhata College is a semi-rural college in North Waikato catering for students from years 7-13. Currently, with a roll of just over 500 students, the school is growing, as the local area expands in population. We welcome the new opportunities that growth brings but remain small enough to retain a distinctive local character.
A foundation member of the To Tatou Haerenga Kahui Ako (North Waikato Community of Learning), Te Kauwhata College has longstanding strong links with the community it serves and has an emphasis on local character and history in its curriculum. Strong academic traditions are founded on the motto Ko te Maatauranga te Huarahi ki te Anamata (Knowledge is the pathway to our dreams or education is the key to success) and the school has a modern approach to teaching the Key Competencies, preparing students for the world that they themselves will face and lead.
Te Kauwhata College has the word GROW as the acronym for the core values that inform our work together. Growth, Respect, Ownership and Whanaungatanga are the pillars, or ‘pou’ of our school, founded on the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi – Participation, Protection and Partnership. We aim to GROW young people who are confident, connected, capable, and creative citizens. Young people can move with ease between rural and urban New Zealand. Globally informed young citizens who understand the differences between the various worlds of our forefathers, who respect and understand the cultures of each other and those around us, as well as those of the different worlds in which we may find ourselves in the future.
The wellbeing of our school community and environment has been a strong affirmative and positive focus since 2017. Our workaround for student wellbeing in a holistic and community-based sense – Manaakitangata, is the umbrella for all that we do.
In 2019 Te Kauwhata College won recognition in this regard by being one of four finalists in the National Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Education. A committed, collegial and proactive staff continues to build on this strong foundation.
We offer a wide range of Education Outside of the Classroom (EOTC) Cultural activities, and good quality, future-focused learning. Our teachers’ response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the challenges that that has presented to educators across the world has been nothing short of amazing. With positivity and creativity, we look forward to making the most of the digital learning environment and the opportunities that have been opened up by this unfortunate and unprecedented event, at the same time as we keenly await the return of our students to our classrooms and school grounds in less disrupted times.
Ngaa mihi nui,
Te Kauwhata college has the word GROW as the acronym for the core values that inform our work together.
Growth, Respect, Ownership and Whanaungatanga are the pillars, or ‘pou’ of our school, founded in the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi – Participation, Protection and Partnership.
We aim to GROW young people who are confident, connected, capable, creative citizens. Young people who can move with ease between rural and urban New Zealand. Globally informed young citizens who understand the differences between the various worlds of our fore-fathers, who respect and understand the cultures of each other and those around us, as well as those of the different worlds in which we may find ourselves in the future.
2021 has been another challenging year for us all.
The Covid pandemic has impacted the lives of every one of us, not least of all our tamariki (children). Over the past two years, this pandemic has had a huge impact on the education of all our students and their overall wellbeing. Unfortunately, the level of student engagement over the lockdown this year was lower than in 2020. I think a lot of this can be put down to the same Covid fatigue that we have all experienced.
I personally feel that the effects of two years of disrupted education and the impact of this on the wellbeing of our students will linger way past us returning to any sort of normality. The challenge for us all now is to support our students in trying to catch up on the last two years of missed education.
At this point I would like to acknowledge and thank Deborah, the Senior Management Team, the Admin Staff and all the Teaching and Support Staff, for the tremendous amount of time and effort that they have put in over the past year to try and meet the expectations of the Ministry, which often changed daily and sometimes hourly, the Parents and Caregivers, the community and the students. As you can imagine, at times this was a real challenge. Again, we thank you all.
At the start of the year, we started the free school lunch programme using an external provider. Although this worked well most of the time, it was decided to bring the making of the lunches in-house for 2022.
The Board, along with a small amount from the Ministry, have funded the building of a purpose-built kitchen and other facilities to make and provide free school lunch to all of our students and all the students of Te Kauwhata Primary. This is around 800 lunches a day.
We’d like to thank Jimmy Hughes, the College Property Manager and his team, for all the planning and work that has gone into constructing the kitchen.
Last year we gave notice that the College was discussing implementing an enrolment zone with the Ministry. We can inform you that this is presently with the Ministry, and we await an update on this process.
On the property side, we reported last year that the Staff Room and Administration area were due for a much-needed upgrade, along with an upgrade of the Fire and Security Alarm systems. We can report that these projects have now been completed.
The upgrade to the Student Learning Support Area hasn’t happened as yet but is now expected in 2022.
At the beginning of the year Jenny Russell joined the Board as the Staff representative.
In November the Board appointed Marlene Raumati as a co-opted member of the Board.
Because of Covid, there was no Student Representative election held. This will be addressed in the new year.
I would like to thank all the members of the Board for their efforts in supporting our school over the past year. The Board elections will be held in September 2022, and we know that some of the Board Members will be stepping down at this point.
I ask that everyone in the School Community give some consideration to standing for the Te Kauwhata College Board. The College is ours and it needs members of the local community to help Govern and support it. Are you up for the challenge?
We thank you all for your support over this past year.
Te Kauwhata College Board