From the Principal
I would like to wish you all a successful New Year and welcome to Papakura High School.
At our school we shall be very busy building on the academic successes of 2014. At NCEA Level One our boys doubled their achievement whilst our Pasifika students participation NCEA results were above the national average at Levels One and Two for all New Zealand schools. This demonstrates the skill and commitment of our staff and the diligence of our students.
Over the holiday the school has been busy and the summer programme was very successful with up to 30 young people at school every day. Another highlight was the Prefect Training Programme at AUT where twenty of our young leaders worked hard to develop their leadership skills.
One of our Head Boys, Taylar Paora, spent some time in the USA on a scholarship and has had an rewarding time in Washington DC and San Francisco. He also had the opportunity to meet Native Americans and discussed the challenges that can face indigenous peoples.
We welcome the following new staff members to our school and wish them all the best on their new positions;
Jeremy Adams Sports Co-ordinator
Angem Dim Nurse
Eugene Hepi Service Academy teacher
Rebecca Hudson Social Studies teacher
Delint van der Westhuizen Hospitality teacher
This term is eventful with Sports Day, Polyfest, Waitangi Day and the ANZAC Centenary. I urge all our students to make the most of all the opportunities here and I wish you a successful start to 2015, in particular those new students and staff who are here for the first time.
At Papakura School we have enthusiastic staff, wonderful students and a supportive community. As a school this gives us a sound foundation to build on our successes. Our children continue to do well at sports and arts, both individually and in teams, we had five students in national teams, another representing the country in Hip Hop and our choir won the Auckland Stand Up, Stand Out competition.
Co-curricular activities are the heart and soul of a school and our staff and volunteers have been outstanding.
We have groups at Polyfest as well as our Kapa Haka group. Polyfest gives our Junior students a great opportunity to celebrate their culture and develop leadership skills that will support their studies.
Academically some students have been shining lights and they have set a challenge for others to meet. We have individual stars and we are pleased with significant improvements on the NCEA results at this time of year.
This year’s seniors have been successful and we celebrated many of their successes including some tertiary scholarships at the Senior Prize Giving.
Senior Prize Giving Top Awards
Dux 2014 – Danielle Uka
Proxime Accessit – Rachel Kirtlan
Te Matauranga Toa Award – Briana Rogers
Top Year 13 academic Maori student.
Ipu O le Sili Award – Georgina Lui
Top Year 13 academic Pasifika student.
These awards go to the Top male and female students who gain the Best Years Total in English, Science, Maths, and Social Studies.
Female Junior Dux Billie-Gene Rawiri – (Top Maori Student)
Male Junior Dux – Shar Matafeo – (Top Pasifika Student)