Keegan

Keegan Pitcher (on the right) and his fellow New Zealand medallist William Stedman (on the left)


Waitakere College gives a huge congratulation to Keegan Pitcher for winning two bronze medals in the men’s 400m and 800m race respectively at the World Para Games in London. He also ranked the seventh in men’s 200m race.

Pitcher has focused on his athletic career after his graduation from Waitakere College, while he trains to be a P.E teacher. This is his first time competing against other para-athletes in an international event.

With strength and determination, Pitcher unleashed his power to reel in three athletes ahead of him in the 400m race. He won a bronze medal in a personal best and New Zealand record time of 55.23 sec. He also crossed the finish line third in the 800m race with time of 2min 13.48sec.

Both New Zealand athletics and Waitakere College are very proud of him.

Well done to Keegan.


Click here for Youtube video of Men's 800m Final

Click here for Youtube video of Men's 400m Final

Click here for Youtube video of Men's 200m Final


As a winner of a 2016 Young Enterprise Scheme award, Yr 13 student Tyrone Taylor was invited to introduce one of six prestigious inductions to the NZ Business Hall of Fame - George Methven, whose company is still going strong 131 years after he founded it in Dunedin, and it’s still producing award-winning products.


Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy was present to induct the six laureates to the NZ Business Hall of Fame, and to congratulate the winners of the Young Enterprise Trust's programme in schools, which focuses on developing entrepreneurial skills.

The event was held at the Langham Hotel in Auckland on July 27th 2017, and was a great experience for Tyrone as one of our outstanding Business Studies students.

The transcript of the Governor General’s speech is here:
Young Enterprise Trust NZ Business Hall of Fame Gala Dinner https://gg.govt.nz/publications/young-enterprise-trust-nz-business-hall-fame-gala-dinner

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Waitakere College has won the 2017 award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning – Atatū at the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

This recognises the strength of our responsive curriculum adapted to student interests, e-learning programmes and our many different pathways including our Medical Science Academy. We are thrilled to receive this award, which recognises that the year on year trend of rising achievement at Waitakere College is real and ongoing, with NCEA results above national averages at all levels including Merit and Excellence endorsements.

 

This was announced by the Prime Minister, Hon Bill English at a gala awards dinner held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Tuesday 27 June. To win the award, we had to go through a rigorous two stage process, with finalists chosen by a national panel of education experts who looked closely at student achievement data and winners selected after a full day visit to each school by a separate panel of judges who are leading New Zealanders.

We were also a finalist for Excellence in Leading – Atakura, recognising the high calibre of our student and staff leadership teams.

Check out these video clips on the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards web-site. A longer video will be up soon with interviews telling the story of how we raised student achievement over the past five years.

 

Minister of Education Nikki Kay has just announced that Waitakeintro imagere College is a finalist in the 2017 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards in two categories:

  • Excellence in Leading – Atakura
  • Excellence in Teaching and learning – Atatū
These Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. “ We have been on a journey to accelerate student achievement over the past five years,” said Acting Principal Shona Smith.  We felt that the time was right to highlight the rising tide of success over the past four years not only in NCEA but also in terms of creating a culture where teachers have the will and the capacity to make a difference for their students.”

This has also been recognised also by the Education Review Office, whose final report on their February 2017 visit will shortly be published.

To read more about the selected finalists, click here

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Thursday 26th July 2018 6.30pm

Jackson Auditorium (School Hall)

 Hear all about our school then go on a guided tour around classrooms in action.

 You can also enrol on the night.  

 (see the "ENROLMENT" section of our website for documents required)

 See you there!

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Despite the slightly wet weather, Waitakere College students made a great effort in this year's Cross Country Run and Mufti Day.
A Cross Country Race coupled with a Run/Walk for Water fundraising mufti day.
Each student earned points for the Houses they are a part of: Aroha, Manawanui, and Matauranga.

 

The money raised from the day allowed for a new water fountain to be installed by the Gymnasium.

A big thank you to all the staff and students who took part.

The days results are posted below.

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1ST = Manawanui _ (420)

2ND = Matauranga _ (342)

3RD = Aroha _ (322)

 

YEAR LEVEL CHAMPIONS

 

GIRLS

BOYS

YEAR 9

Mackenzie Roskruge (A)

Zane Jenkinson (T)

YEAR 10

Alia Smith (N)

Filmon Gebrehiwot (T)

YEAR 11

Ivana Jurasovic (N)

Jayden Hunter (N)

YEAR 12

Nikita Jones (N)

Josiah Hansen-Taumaaa (T)

YEAR 13

Summer Bervang (A)

Brad Robinson (N)

 

OVERALL CHAMPIONS

BOYS: Brad Robinson (year 13)

GIRLS: Alia Smith (year 10)

 

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On Tuesday 4th April ATEED hosted their monthly "Business after 5" event in our Jackson Auditorium, with more than 50 students hosting tours for local business leaders of our technology, hospitality and engineering facilities, while Business students pitched their products, with entertainment from the Jazz Band.

 

Services Academy helped set up and break down the venue, and braved terrible weather to welcome guests outside as they arrived, sheltering them with umbrellas and escorting them to and from the carpark. Later in the evening they did a great drill display.


Some of the comments we received from those business people who attended:

 '...gave me great pleasure to see the outstanding results that your students are achieving and the team that you have at Waitakere I am very impressed.
The Values and attitude Begin from the top and they are being reflected by the Students and their achievements.'


'A great BA5 night showcasing WC the other night. Even in the rain, it did not dampen the enthusiasm and what was an all round great event! Jane, Antonia, Dan and I are still talking about how great the whole night was and how brilliant it was to have the band, the tour, the students serving, industry groups show-casing their designs etc'

'I was delighted to learn of the business projects being undertaken by students, and the professionalism and courtesy displayed by the student tour guides and food assistants was very impressive.
The Academy, Gateway, and Trades Training tours were jaw-dropping, and as a parent of a child approaching High School, I am pleased to report that Waitakere College now features as a high priority possibility for our family. Your students did you proud last night – well done to you and your staff.'

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Minister of Education Nikki Kay has just announced that Waitakeintro imagere College is a finalist in the 2017 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards in two categories:

  • Excellence in Leading – Atakura
  • Excellence in Teaching and learning – Atatū

These Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. “ We have been on a journey to accelerate student achievement over the past five years,” said Acting Principal Shona Smith.  We felt that the time was right to highlight the rising tide of success over the past four years not only in NCEA but also in terms of creating a culture where teachers have the will and the capacity to make a difference for their students.”

This has also been recognised also by the Education Review Office, whose final report on their February 2017 visit will shortly be published.

To read more about the selected finalists, click here

For more recent news stories about Waitakere College, click here

 

AntonWaitakere College gives a huge congratulations to Anton Pulefale and his fellow crew members from Notorious Dance Company for their fantastic results in Hawaii!

The Dance & Cheer Games 2017 took place in Honolulu, Hawaii. Over 7 countries from all over the world participated such as China, Mexico & USA and many more. 

"We competed for 2 intense days (Prelims then Finals) where my crew managed to come first place in the open hip hop division and became the overall grand champions of the hip hop division" says Anton, a senior
student at Waitakere College.

 

This resulted in Anton and his crew having the top score in the whole
hip hop category representing New Zealand, coming in 1st place overrall. 

"A highlight would be that all crews that my company (Notorious Dance Company) took over to Hawaii came first in all 4 of their dance divisions, including a Jazz division."


Well done to Anton and everyone involved.

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Waitakere College year 12 and year 13 students will be able to reflect on their academic results both as individuals and as year groups at our Achievers Assembly on Thursday, 9 March 2017 at 6.30pm in the Jackson Auditorium.

Our academic achievement in the NZQA exams in Level 1 and Level 2, show us being above the National Averages in all categories as shown in the table. 

 

NCEA 2016 PASS RATES

MERIT

ENDORSEMENTS

EXCELLENCE ENDORSEMENTS
Level 1 – Year 11 90% 48 30
Level 2 – Year 12 90% 47 18

 

This is a great reflection of the work that teachers, students and families have invested in achievement for all our students.

Our NCEA Academic Scholarship results are also very pleasing with 6 students gaining scholarships which gives them a great platform for their University studies.


Congratulations to Scholarship Achievers: (From left to right)

Fa’asu Afoa-Purcell           NZQA Scholarship – Dance

Kent Aporillo                    NZQA Scholarship – Dance

Tiffany Chen                     NZQA Scholarship – Biology

Grace Gilberd                    NZQA Scholarship – DVC Technology

Shiyun Guo                       NZQA Scholarship –Photography

Jiawei Situ                        NZQA Scholarship – Photography   

 

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Our students are in a school community which has high expectations to be the best they can be. We see this in our continued improvement in academic results.

We will celebrate this with students / family / and whanau at the Achievers Assembly, but also work with our students this year to maintain these results and improve them.

 

MARK P SHANAHAN

Principal

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