It is great to see everyone back at school. Last Friday we had orientation and a powhiri for our new students and their families followed by a BBQ and meet the teachers. This allowed new students to meet fellow students and find their way around before the whole school started.
We are excited about some significant things happening this year which will enhance and improve learning and achievement. Firstly, we have some new teachers so a warm welcome to:
Mr I McLeod – Physical Education & Health and Outdoor Education
Mr M Cole – Science and Music
Ms S Larsen – English
Ms T Slee – covering PE & Health while Ms Lambourne is on maternity leave.
Mr A Prakash – Science and Horticulture
Ms J Armstrong – Food Technology
Ms Armstrong replaces Ms Cummins who left to take up a position at Masterton College. Ms Armstrong will relieve until Ms E Simpson joins us at the end of Term1.
Over the holidays we have been busy converting class rooms to modern learning environments and it will be exciting to see our modern new look. As part of building upgrades we are updating the food tech room and creating a new library space which will be known as the iHub. As well as our new website and Facebook page, we will have wireless around the entire school by the end of the year.
One of our strengths is our supportive environment. A new guidance structure will operate for 2015 where we have placed Deans at year levels. Our Guidance Counsellor, Mr Heta is located beside the Deans’ Office. If there are any problems we will work hard to resolve them.
Y7&8 Mrs Walia
Y9 Mrs Oosthuizen
Y10 Mrs Shaw
Y11 Mrs McMillan
Y12&13 Mrs Hucker
Yellow Mrs Stilwell
Green Mrs Fletcher
Red Mr Jacobs
Blue Mr Nesdale
Having students strive for and achieve ‘Excellence” in everything they do is our main aim. Staff will have high expectations for each and every student to achieve as high as they can using the school motto to guide them.
Pai rawa atu i nga mea katoa – The very best in all things
Have a great year! Kia ora koutou.
Tuakau College welcome its new students and staff in a Powhiri.