Sunday 11 October 2020
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.
Ngā mihi nui
Principal Update - Term 3
2023 School Magazine
The 2023 School Magazine is now available to order - $25 per copy
Magazine arrives on Friday 27th October.
It is an amazing 116 page record of school life for all students in 2023. The magazine includes all class and sports photos - so if you have not purchased your class or sport photo, then this is a good way to have a record of these. Year 7 students may like to purchase one each year and have a record of all their years at Katikati College.
Kia ora koutou
The final week of Term 3 saw a range of different activities taking place. Year 8s held a very successful market day, there was a student organised fundraiser for Kura Kai and we finished the week with the House Haka Competition. This event was organised by our Year 13 student leaders and they should be very proud of what they achieved. I look forward to seeing how next year’s student leaders build on this event. Congratulations to Macmillan house for winning on the day.
Term 4 is the culmination of a year of hard work and a time when we recognise many of our students. Tonight (Wednesday 11 October) is Sports Prizegiving and the following Thursday is Fiefia Night where we celebrate the Pasifika culture within our school and community. Senior students will then be leaving school in preparation for external exams and we will celebrate Graduation Dinner on Monday 30 October with our Year 13 students and their whānau. This is a very special event where, for the majority of these students, we are recognising a seven year relationship with the College. Monday 11 December is when we will hold all of our prizegivings, beginning the day at 9am with Year 9 & 10, Year 7 & 8 at 11.30am and Senior Prizegiving at 6pm. More information regarding these events will be shared through email and the College FaceBook page.
Please be aware that some of our senior students will be required to come back into school after students have gone on study leave. This is so that we can support students to attain their relevant qualification if they have not already done so. Senior deans will be in touch with students and whānau to organise this.
Towards the end of Term 3 we made the decision to ban mobile phones at school for our Year 7 and 8 students. After reviewing this initiative we have reflected on the positive shifts seen in students' interactions and engagement in learning. As a result we have decided to extend the ban on mobile phones for Year 7 and 8 students for at least the remainder of the year. We will also be extending this into Year 9 and 10 as of Tuesday 24 October. Further information will be shared directly with Year 9 and 10 whānau.
Your child may have also noticed that they are no longer able to access a range of social media platforms whilst at school. I have always held that educating our young people to use digital technologies appropriately is the best way forward. However, we have had an increasing number of times when students have been making poor choices with their use of social media. As a result we have stopped their access through the school wifi. I strongly recommend that you are actively involved in your child’s social media access. This can be making sure you are their “friend” on whatever platform they are using or that you take time to talk with them about their activity on social media and who their “friends” are. In many cases students will have 100s to 1000s of friends, with most of them being people that they have never met in real life. Netsafe has excellent resources for parents and young people on how to manage themselves online. https://netsafe.org.nz/
I would also like to remind Year 8 whānau that students are asked to bring a device (Chromebook/laptop) for their learning in Year 9. Device requirements and specification were shared earlier in Term 3. Here is the link to the BYOD article that was in the August newsletter - BYOD . If you would like to have access to a school device then please contact [email protected] . We are also incredibly fortunate to have support from the Katikati Community Centre with supplying devices for students through PBTech. Please contact the Katikati Community Centre directly or your child’s dean, and we can assist you in accessing this support.
I would like to welcome the following staff who have joined the College. Samantha Lett as the newly appointed International Student Manager. Samantha is joining us from a background in sales and marketing and is also a past student of the College. Rachel Smith is working with the College, Katikati Primary School and Katikati Community Centre in the role of Whānau Navigator to support students and their whānau in improving attendance at school.
Please continue to read our newsletters, website and FaceBook for important dates and any further information.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the College. I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming events this term.
Ngā mihi nui
Tumuaki | Principal