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Message From the Principal - End of Term 2.

posted 10 Jul 2017, 14:28 by trevor jones   [ updated 10 Jul 2017, 22:27 ]

Kia ora koutou,



Term two has come to a close and as usual is marked by yet another very successful school ball.  It was great to see so many people come to view the hall and to watch the students as they arrived for the ball.  A lot of work goes into every ball that we have at the school and this was no exception.  I would like to thank the Hokitika Lions for setting up the hall before our ball committee added all of the decorations and made all the final touches.  The ball committee along with Ms Cunningham did a fantastic job of organising the event.  Organising the ball was no mean feat but it is truly remarkable when you consider how much time most of those students put into other activities to support the school. I would also like to thank Ms Reeves and her team of students for organising the catering which was absolutely superb.  Finally, I would also like to thank Ms Hutt and Mr Straker for there enormous contribution as usual to ensure the success of the night.


Looking back this has been a successful term in many ways with a fantastic Variety Show, tremendous success on the sports field with our soccer, basketball, netball, rugby and special Olympics teams having some great victories.  Our students have also made some really positive contributions to the community with Kids’ Day and the discos at the Hokitika Primary School being two stand out events.  It has also been great to see the school council being active in the school and working with the school to challenge bullying and to build better relationships in the school.


We have lots to be proud of at Westland High and we should hold on to this dearly.  As well as all of the successes mentioned earlier we also have a lot to be proud of academically.  Our national standards results have generally shown positive trends over recent years so our year 7 & 8 students are doing better.  At NCEA our level 2 results have been very positive and our results have been better than the national results in recent years.  At level three the last three year’s results have been the highest and look like they will improve further this year.  Our biggest negative is getting students through level 1 at the end of year 11.  However, most of our students have both level 1 and level 2 before they leave the school.


Unfortunately, there is a lot of negative talk about the school at the moment and much of it is not supported by the evidence.  It is very easy to join a bandwagon and complain or criticise but we should make sure that we look at all of the evidence before making a decision.  If the school is going to get back onto its successful path then we really are going to need to pull together, support each other and start working together because that will be the best route to achieving success for our students.


Finally, school will re-open at the usual time on Monday 24th July.  The school will be closed for most of the holiday with only a few staff in during the school day.  However, if you have any queries or questions please feel free to contact me by email.



Nga mihi Nui,


Trevor Jones.