The Foundation was created to “Provide opportunities for our kids to succeed in education by reducing barriers”.
We are not raising funds to build grand buildings, rather we are focused on building up students' self-belief, and giving them the tools and support to achieve their goals, and become the best they can be.
Reducing barriers to education sometimes involves relatively small value items - e.g. stationery, sports uniforms and fees, and even winter shoes - but for some students these mean the difference between being able to learn and participate, contribute, and feel part of their school community, or not.
Chromebooks are also purchased for students who would not otherwise have them, especially if they don't have broadband in their own home, which is part of breaking down the 'digital divide' and puts them on more equal footing in the job marketplace, affecting their aspirations beyond school.
Below are a few examples of students who have been helped in various ways - please take a moment to watch the videos and read how the Foundation makes a difference.
Recipients of WCF Scholarships on leaving school
These are given to hardworking students, who could potentially miss out on a life-changing chance to enter into further academic study, or a high-end trade, due to financial barriers.
- 2016: 4 academic scholarships being awarded to a total of $15,000
- 2017: 12 scholarships awarded: 6 x $1,500 to those furthering their education academically, and 6 x $1,500 to those who had worked hard to secure a trade apprenticeship to support them with trade tools and block courses for a total of $18,000
- 2018: 6 x $1,500 scholarships awarded for a total of $9,000
Recipients of Camp Fees Assistance from WCF in Yr 10
The Year 10 School Camp is an amazing fun-filled chance to make new friends and build confidence by trying new experiences - some of these students have never been camping or spent time in NZ's bush and beach environments. Important life skills are learnt and it becomes a highlight of their 5 year school career for many - but due to family finances each year when the time comes, the opportunity for many students to go on camp starts to slip away. The Waitakere College Foundation works with teachers and Deans to ensure those deserving students don’t miss out on this fantastic memory-making adventure.
- 2016: 12 students were partially or fully subsidised to head off onto their camp
- 2017: 29 students were partially or fully subsidised to head off onto their camp
- 2018: 11 students were partially or fully subsidised to head off onto their camp
Feedback from students who have attended their Year 10 Camp with the help of the Foundation:
I feel grateful that the school paid for the Year 10 Camp because going on this trip made me communicate with others and become closer to school.
Dear Foundation, hi my name is Will. I just wanna say a big thank you for being able to afford to take me to camp instead of being in school. I really had a fun week. I really enjoyed myself. I got to spend time with my mates, got to do a lot of fun activities. I actually got to know people well. If I didn't go I wouldn't have this opportunity to do it so thank you!!!
I really enjoyed going to camp because I got to be with my friends, did heaps of activities and enjoyed every bit of it. I got the experience of going kayaking and made more friends.
Going to the camp was a very rewarding experience. Over there I found some new friends and I learned a lot about working in a team and communicating.