Tuesday 27 February 2024
Welcome, our door is always open
Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make to prepare them for their future. At Katikati College we offer your child a balanced education that embraces the whole student; supporting, motivating and challenging them to achieve their personal best.
So please have a look around to learn what our College can offer you and get in touch with our office if you have any further questions on (07) 549 0434.
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Message from our Principal
Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Osmotherley te maunga
Ko Mersey te awa
Ko Irish Sea te moana
Ko Ngāti Pākehā te iwi
Nō Liverpool ahau
Nō te whānau Rafferty ahau
Ko Mick toku tāne
Ko Pete, ko Joe toku tamariki
Ko Lou Buckley toku ingoa
Tēnā tātou katoa
It is my pleasure to once again welcome you to the start of another year at Katikati College. To our new students and staff, I extend a warm welcome. I hope that your first few weeks at our kura have been enjoyable; that you have made new friends and are learning your way around your new school. It was fantastic to be able to welcome our new students, including those from overseas, their whānau and new staff at the pōwhiri at the start of the year. In this newsletter you will see introductions from our new staff; please make them feel welcome in our school and our community.
Our school vision of “Growing connected learners who make positive contributions to our thriving community” is what we are about at Katikati College. As always this is reflected in our school newsletter. Already this year, I have seen numerous examples of students and staff making the most of all learning opportunities and being actively involved in their community. Swimming sports was a great example of this and a way for our students to get involved and show house spirit.
Congratulations to last year’s Year 11 - 13 students on their achievement in NCEA. It was incredibly pleasing to see that yet again Katikati College is achieving above national averages. Special congratulations to the students who attained Scholarships. Isla Willacy, Mikai Sommerville and Grace Rayner did an amazing job in attaining 5 scholarships between them. Isla achieved an Outstanding Scholarship pass in both English and History. Mikai Somerville achieved an Outstanding Scholarship in Biology and a Scholarship in Physics and Grace Rayner earned a Scholarship in Painting.
This week I have had the privilege of working with the Head Students and the wider Year 13 Leadership Team. I have been impressed by their maturity, their ideas and their willingness to give back to their school and community. This group of students have also been working with our student leaders at Years 8 and 10. I look forward to seeing what they achieve this year.
Throughout the year, I emphasise the importance of connections between home and school. On Monday evening we welcomed whānau into school to meet the Year 7 & 8 teachers. This event was very well attended and provided families with a chance to talk directly with teachers, which helps everyone understand each other better. These connections enhance student outcomes, and events like this show how we're committed to working together for their success.
Thank you for your support of the new mobile phone regulations. This has been well received by the students and has already shown positive effects on their focus and engagement in class. Your support has been instrumental in implementing these changes effectively, and we are confident that they will continue to benefit the educational environment. Your commitment to the well-being and academic success of our students is greatly appreciated.
Please ensure that your child is regularly attending school. Regular attendance is defined as attending over 90% of the time. Regular attendance is not just linked to academic achievement, more importantly it allows young people to connect with each other, giving them a sense of belonging and community. If you have concerns about your child’s attendance, please get in contact with their Dean so that we can support them in being back at school.
As the year progresses, I look forward to meeting you out in the community and at upcoming school events. The next school event is Athletics Day on Tuesday 5 March. Thank you for your ongoing support of the College.
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