From the Kaipara College Principal’s Desk:
Reflecting on the year that was When I think about student achievement at Kaipara College, what impresses me the most is the breadth of success. Whether it be achievement academically, in sporting, cultural or artistic endeavours, Kaipara College is a school that punches above its weight. We have celebrated a record number of students achieving excellence in their NCEA year level through the year, outstanding results from our many and varied sporting competitions and accolades and recognition for excellent work done in the arts. Some of these notable successes have recently been acknowledged and celebrated in our sports prizegiving, Music Art and Drama or MAD awards night, Senior Prize Givings and our Excellence Assemblies.
In these events we celebrated the achievements and contributions of our outstanding students. This includes awards for academic excellence, leadership and community service, as well as recognition for students who have demonstrated exceptional character, sportsmanship, or other excellence qualities. I would also like to acknowledge all our students who have worked to their best this year – those who have struggled and overcome and those who continue to develop their resilience and pursuit of excellence.
2023 has been another great year for Kaipara College where positive progress has been made in many areas of the school. This year we have developed a new strategic plan which aims to strengthen our connections within and beyond the school, prioritising wellbeing, belonging and accountability for all, building on and strengthening our school identity and of course supporting all students to reach their potential. This plan for the school acts as a compass, setting Kaipara College in a purposeful and positive direction. We have also seen a number of initiatives aimed at maximising engagement in learning, and maximising learning time at school. Our teachers have been learning how to design learning to meet the diverse and varied needs of all students, providing support and challenge as required through a research-based framework called Universal Design for Learning. We have removed late start Wednesday to ensure we maximise the learning time for our students at school and we have been heavily focused on teaching literacy and numeracy across all curriculum areas. We have also begun our journey embedding the new school values: Whanaungatanga, Aroha, Kaitiakitanga and Angituutanga through “te WAKA o Kaipara”, resulting in increased consistency of high expectations of behaviour and of learning and strengthening the identity of the school. Our long-awaited multimillion dollar building project is finally underway and when finished will see a state-of-the-art Innovation Centre to house art and technology, new purpose built Whare Ako and Faculty of Special Education buildings. The initial disruption to the school site the building projects will inevitably bring will be a small price to pay in this massive investment in the future of Kaipara College students.
Kaipara College is a school with a very bright future. With continued collaboration with the community we will thrive as a place where all our students can navigate to their own success. Kaipara College will keep our focus on what is important for all our students – strong values, high expectations of all round achievement, a commitment to personal and academic excellence, a focus on positive behaviour for learning and a high expectation of contribution of our students to their school and their community.
It’s now time for much needed rest and rejuvenation. Thank you once again, wonderful community, for your ongoing support of our rangatahi.
Maa te paa te tamaiti e whakatipu
It takes a village to raise a child