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SUCCESS IN THE NZQA SCHOLARSHIP EXAMS
These are awarded only to the top 3% of candidates nationwide.
Congratulations to our three students who achieved four Scholarships
2014 DUX MICHELLE CHEN achieved two Scholarships in English and Biology
2014 PROXIME ACCESSIT SYLVAIN BECHET achieved an outstanding Scholarship in French and is 1st in New Zealand (top scholar)
2014 TE TAUMATA TOI KERRY SAYEGH achieved a Scholarship in Painting.
FORMER WAITAKERE COLLEGE DUX, HEAD GIRL AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES REPRESENTATIVE
DR MALVINDAR SINGH-BAINS IS AMONG THREE FINALISTS IN THE YOUNG NEW ZEALANDER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Dr Singh-Bains works at Auckland University's Centre for Brain Research as a post doctoral research fellow. In 2013 she established the Huntington's Disease Youth Organisation of New Zealand. The charity is dedicated to supporting young people impacted by Huntington's disease.
The award is open to people aged between 15 and 30 and recognises young leaders who strive to improve themselves and their communities.
The winners will be announced on February 25. Read the Western Leader front page article (17th February) about the award, Dr Singh-Bains' work, research and charity.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWLY ELECTED HEAD PREFECTS 2015
IMPORTANT DATES AND EVENTS
February 19 Year 9 BBQ 6pm to approximately 7.30pm. This is an opportunity for parents to meet tutor class teachers and some of their subject teachers.
All food and refreshments are provided.
February 20 Athletics Day. Please remember to bring a sunhat and sunscreen. Please see information on side menu.
March 4 Year 12 and 13 Achievers Celebration Evening. This is the evening when we celebrate students achieving Level 1 in Year 11 2015 and Level 2 in Year 2015. This is held in the School Hall at 7pm until 8pm.
Waitakere College is a successful, co-educational
New Zealand Secondary School located in Henderson
in the heart of West Auckland.
The three key elements of the Waitakere Way - Learning, Caring and Respect - guide our planning to ensure that each student is able to 'be the best they can be'.
As a college, we are ahead of the national averages for Merit and Excellence awards in Level 1, 2 and 3 NCEA and the Scholarships examination.
Courses on offer cater for the variety of student needs, from local students' learning an international language to international students learning English for pathways to university.
Download our 2015 Prospectus from this web-site to read about what we stand for and the programmes on offer.
The Education Review Office has given Waitakere College a very positive report following their most
recent visit in March 2014:
“The school is well placed to sustain and improve its performance because:
The board has a clear focus on raising student achievement, and ongoing improvement
Ongoing analyses of student achievement data are well used to inform interventions and initiatives to address any identified issues
Experienced school leadership, led by a skilled principal, has a cohesive focus on improving
Student achievement for all students, with a focus on learners needing additional support to be successful
Teachers support the school’s direction for improvement and benefit from responsive professional learning opportunities
The performance management system, especially for teachers, is focused on developing consistency across the school so that teachers implement the school’s agreed teaching and learning practices
There are increasing levels of community support and involvement
The school demonstrates its commitment to success for all students in an inclusive
Environment that celebrates its diversity.”
Waitakere College Education Review Report 2104
The full report can be read at www.ero.govt.nz
Initiatives for Year 9/10 Students
Weekly report cards to update academic progress
Gifted and Talented programme 'Shine" for very able students
Performing Arts programme
Targeted literacy classes to assist students
Accelerated programmes to do NCEA
Opportunity to compete in many sporting and cultural activities
Initiatives for Year 11/12/13 students
Achievers' Assemblies acknowledging seniors who achieve in their year group
After school homework centre with tutors
Academic Monitoring and Mentoring of NCEA progress throughout each year to ensure success
Vocational Pathways programme including Academies leading to apprenticeships and tertiary institutions
Leadership opportunities via sports, mentoring and cultural activities
"Achievement for All".
Congratulations to Michelle Chen – Dux Litterarum 2014