Dear Parents and Caregivers
A warm welcome to the parents and whanau of all our new students. Meeting all the many new students and reacquainting ourselves with the returning ones is very special.
New staff - We welcome Mrs Aarti Menon as our Teacher in Charge of Food Technology and Hospitality.
This plan will be confirmed at our Board of Trustees meeting next week. Some significant changes to our mission statement, strategic objectives and values are signaled in the plan. There is special emphasis placed on our mottoes -
KIA KAHA, KIA TOA, KIA MANAWANUI
COURAGE KNOWS NO DEFEAT
Their place is to clearly define what it means be part of our School Community.
To us it means being strong against adversity, being resilient, striving for success and being true to one’s heart.
An aspect that has come out of this process is the need for everyone at Forest View to consistently strive for personal excellence.
Once the strategic and annual plans have been approved there will be time spent on ensuring our students, staff and whanau have a shared understanding of these plans as well as their purpose. The plans will also be placed on our website.
Last week I was invited to the Year 13 Citizenship Camp at Pouakani Marae in Mangakino to spend some time with the students. Goal setting for success and understanding the role of citizenship were major themes of the camp. I was so impressed with the focus and sense of purpose exhibited by our students. Staff from the Perry Outdoor Education Trust (POET) provided enormous support for this camp and it is much appreciated.
From Wednesday evening till Thursday afternoon I attended the Year 9 Stars Camp at Whakamaru Reserve. Despite the weather steadily deteriorating, our students showed resilience to apply themselves to the tasks. At some Stars Camp there is a focus purely on activity. At our camps there is certainly a fun aspect but equally so is the focus on developing trust and positive relationships. Our Peer Mentors are doing an outstanding job leading the various activities. The development of their leadership skills is incredible and many thanks go to Maine Nooroa for her work with these outstanding students. This camp is part of the joint venture between the Graeme Dingle Foundation and POET.
A common thread in both of these camps is the outstanding leadership being shown by our Head Students - Uma Takave, Kiri Jessop, Keegan Hall and Tahnee Rawiri-Taiki. They are setting out their expectations for how our Forest View community works by linking these to our mottoes and mission statement. My thanks go to Kathy McGovern and other staff for their work in making these camps significant contributors to a strong School community.
Individual achievement by students is outlined below by. Confirmation of NCEA results is ongoing but I can tell you, they are outstanding. These will be presented in our next newsletter.
Year 9 Whanau Fun Evening
An important part of developing relationships between School and home are opportunities for whanau to meet teachers. Next week, Wednesday, 22 February, we are hosting a fun evening at School from 5.30 till 7.00. We welcome the whole whanau. Sausage sizzles and games are amongst the activities.
Student Sporting Success
Rugby - Congratulations to Corey Chesterman, Quinnton Liutogiatama and Bocky Blackburn for being selected to take part in a Waikato Rugby Union Talent Development event on Saturday 25 February.
Past Student Success
It is always pleasing to follow the success of our past students and to see them continuing to achieve in their chosen pathways. Our congratulations go to the following past students who were recognised at the University of Waikato Graduation Ceremonies held in December 2016.
Annette Tofaeono (1990) – Diploma in Education (Specialisation: Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education)
Nicole Putoko (1996) – Bachelor of Teaching - Primary
Rebecca Bradbury (2002) – Bachelor of Social Sciences
John Bright (2010) – Master of Applied Psychology
Shaunnie Farr (2010) – Master of Education
Ira Pascoe (2011) – Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
Caitlyn Gillard (2013) – Bachelor of Science
Neil Wilkinson (2015) – Certificate of University Preparation
2016 FVHS MAYORAL AWARDS:
Sixteen of 21 students were presented with their 2016 Mayoral Award yesterday by Mayor Jenny Shattock at the Council Chamber for achieving 380 Junior Merits in 2016. The students were also recognised for these Awards in front of their peers at our Junior Prizegiving held on 11th December 2016.
Forest View appreciates the continued support from Mayor Jenny Shattock. This initiative was first introduced in 2010 by our then Principal, Richard Crawford and our previous Mayor, Neil Sinclair. In 2010 we started with 5 recipients, and it is very pleasing to see that the number of recipients has steadily increased to the numbers we have today.
Congratulations to all these students, we look forward to watching their continued progress.