December in schools is a busy time of the year. We have all the end of year activities and celebrations to consider, organise and make happen. Our senior students are a distant memory bar the visits pre or post NCEA exams. We are happy in the knowledge we have done our absolute best for them as they head off to part time jobs, pursue hobbies, chores and holidays with their whanau and nervously await the arrival of results in early January.
Many of our Y13 leavers are sad to leave the security that school has given them but excited and a little nervous about their next stage in life. We work hard at Kaipara College to prepare them well for life, not only through supporting them to reach their academic potential but also to equip them with a positive attitude, great communication skills, the ability to work in a team, selfmanagement skills, a willingness to learn, the ability to problem solve, the ability to show initiative and make decisions, resilience, self- confidence, courage, empathy and kindness.
In the last few weeks of school while seniors were sitting NCEA exams our students enjoyed many activities both in and out of the classroom. Tu Rangitira (our Maori leadership group) had a successful trip to Rotorua, some students enjoyed lessons from the Muriwai Surf School, our Faculty of Special Education students enjoyed their “Formal” evening and celebration, students volunteered at the Turning the Tide fundraising event, Year 9 Health & PE classes learnt water skills with Kaipara Coast Learn to Swim and Kaipara College hosted a Kahui Ako o Kaipara Science Fair. As well as this our Year 9 and 10 students enjoyed “A Beach Day Out” at Wenderholm, the “Big Day In” at school and many of them committed to serving and giving back to their community in a myriad of ways in the “Community Action Project” days.
It’s now time for much needed rest and rejuvenation. Thank you once again, wonderful community, for your ongoing support of our rangatahi.
Ma te pa te tamaiti e whakatipu