School on excellent pathway

Date published: December 6, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Comments

TARAWERA High School’s first Education Review Office report acknowledges the huge amount of work and significant progress made since its opening in February 2013, and finds it well placed to provide for students.

Principal Helen Tuhoro is delighted and very proud of the findings, which she says are a direct result of the hard work and dedication of students, the staff, board of trustees and the support and encouragement received from the Kawerau community.

ERO noted the school had good systems in place to “ensure the wellbeing of students within an inclusive and positive culture where school leaders deliberately focus on building positive relationships as the basis of engagement in learning”.

Teachers were the key feature for the changes and successes occurring at Tarawera High School.

“They encourage learners to succeed and students respond positively to their high expectations, as a result students are highly engaged in learning and speak very positively about their teachers’ commitment to their achievement and wellbeing”, the report said.

“The new innovative timetable and curriculum pathways enable students to explore learning areas in depth and make broad choices for their future.”

“Students feel very positive about their school and the pathways and experiences in learning provided for them.”

ERO also said the school catered well for students with high special learning needs, and specialised equipment and highly skilled staff helped achieve positive outcome for the students and their families.

Mrs Tuhoro said the report, along with the wonderful celebration of student achievement at this week’s prizegiving, was an indication of the excellent pathway forward for Tarawera High School, which will have new school buildings opening at the end of term two next year.

Source: Whakatane Beacon