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Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei
Tihei mauri ora
Tēnā koutou katoa kua tae mai nei
Ki te tautoko te kaupapa o tēnei wā
No reira tēnākouto
This whakatauki above is about aiming high or for what is truly valuable, but its real message is to be persistent and not let obstacles stop you from reaching your goal. I think in relation to the last term it is very apt.
Term 2 2020 will be a term that will never be forgotten. The trials and tribulations of COVID-19 and the impact on our school and our whanau has been huge. What I am proud of as a leader of Whangaparaoa College is the skills and confidence that has been built over the last 12-15 weeks. The students and staff of Whangaparaoa College are now better for the experience (we don’t need or want it to happen again), they are stronger, more resilient and have acquired confidence that they did not have before the impact of this virus.
Over the last 6 weeks we have spoken with every one of our NCEA learners to ensure that they knew exactly where they stood in this changing environment and to be sure we knew what their outcomes (academically) were for the rest of this year and beyond. What I can say is that I was blown away with the clarity they had and with the amount of success that has already been achieved in the first half of the year. I can confidently say the academic results of our international students will be better this year than they have been at any other time in the history of our school. I do want to acknowledge the amazing contribution of the staff at our school and in particular Debbie Culliford (International Dean) and Mat Harris (Academic Support) for their tireless effort over this amazingly challenging time. Our learning environments continue to exhibit some of the good things that came out of the last 12 weeks and should continue to support continued excellence in the academic environment for the future.
With our borders being shut and also with many of our countries with which we have relationships having different levels of border security, it is impossible to continue with our ‘normal’ marketing plans. So what you will see from us over the rest of the year at least is a move to a greater amount of digital marketing. This will see changes to our social media platforms Instagram, Facebook and Linkedin, as well as a bit of an overhaul of our website and even a Whangaparaoa College international YouTube channel. We look forward to working with all our agents to supply the most appropriate level of support over these challenging times. We see this as an opportunity for more people to look to New Zealand as an even safer and better destination for an international education experience than at any other time. To this end we want to work with you all to ensure that we are supporting our agents with appropriate material and resource. We do think it will help support not only the short/medium term but also our long term marketing plan. So if you are an agent and you think of an area that you believe we should know about or that will make your life easier please let us know.
It has been great to see so many extra-curricular activities start over the last 6 weeks and even better to get along and watch and listen to some of our sports teams and music and arts groups. It is the life blood of our school. The opportunities to be involved and the variety of these opportunities are outstanding and we look forward to offering more of these opportunities in the future.
We do hope to update everyone around our border access as soon as we have it available and we are optimistic that there will be information in the near future to help support the decisions that we know many international students and families want to make. You can be assured that we will get this to you as soon as it becomes available.
Lastly I do want to acknowledge the amazing community of our school and in particular the staff of the international department. It has been both overwhelming and humbling to see the extra effort that these outstanding people have gone to, to ensure the experience of all of our students continues to remain at the highest level.
Ngātahi – Whakapono – Tutuki
Was never more apt. Thank you for the support and we look forward to catching up as soon as we can
Ngā mihi nui
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