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Principal, John Paitai

Principal, John Paitai

 A Message from our Principal Mr Paitai

Kia ora tatou

At the Year 13 dinner at the Copthorne in Waitangi and at our school senior prize giving ceremony I spoke of our students becoming part of the whanau (family) of Bay of Islands College. Their graduation seals their life membership of this whanau. My expectation of them is to know that the staff and I are always here to support them, even though their time with us is officially over.

I am proud of the efforts of our students throughout 2014. Once again Bay of Islands College had representatives achieving at their best across all curriculum areas, as well as in sports and cultural activities.

More recently six students were good enough to be nominated to be at the top of their sport at the Northland Secondary Schools Sports Awards dinner in Whangarei. This number of nominations was quite extraordinary given the size of our school.

Targets set by our lead teacher in Literacy Ms Brocklehurst to lift the literacy rates at Level 1, (Yr 11) have more than exceeded expectations with a lift in the pass rate from 56 % to 95 %. The UE literacy pass rate has raised to 85% of the seniors achieving before external results have been added.

Mr Markin our teacher in charge of the ALiM ( Accelerated Learning in Mathematics) a National Mathematics trial for secondary schools was acknowledged for achieving one of the best improvement in results amongst his target group of students in the national trial.

Our SENCO (Special Education Needs Co-ordinators) Andrew Smith, Bernadette Murray, Natasha Surowiez, Tracy Hancy, Miriam Harris, have achieved increases in student’s sublevels of reading from one sub level to a staggering 6 sub-level increase. This improvement in reading and comprehension is life changing for students who previously were reluctant or non-readers.

Lynda Scott, our Distance Learning Co-Ordinator, who is responsible for all students who are on Correspondence has once again been applauded by Correspondence School for all her students achieving a full completion of their respective courses with Achieved, Merit or Excellence and with no drop outs. Lynda is held in high regard by the Correspondence School staff for the consistency of her students pass rates.

Our Gateways Co-ordinators Shirley Reti and Paul Cochrane have established a proud reputation amongst our business community for the placement of students for work experience. There were 58 Learners working in industry based work. 31 females and 27 males. The expected target for credits achieved in work experience was 10 credits. For the first time this group of students achieved 15.10 credit average across a wide range of industries.

This snapshot of student opportunities at Bay of Islands College should also include Darryl Works’ support as careers and Vocational Pathways Advisor. The latter is a new tool that provides a clear framework for vocational options, support better programme design and careers advice

And improves links between education and employment. Schools have been encouraged to explore this option for students who are not targeting a university education.

This year we bid farewell to our Head of Art, Mr Peter Slack who has given 24 years of dedication and wisdom to Bay Colleges staff, and to the students that he has taught. We will miss you Peter, and wish you well with your retirement.

We also farewell Adam Doughty, teaching mostly English during his entire years at Bay College. As a Specialist Classroom Teacher he has assisted new and not so new teachers to examine their teaching practice thus making life in the classroom a pleasant experience for the learner and the teacher. He is only going up the road to Kerikeri High School, but we will miss his sense of humour and his critical writing skills. May they treat you like the master that you have become to us here at Bay College Adam.

From a personal perspective my first full year as Principal of Bay of Islands College has not been without its challenges. But I still enjoy getting out of bed to come to work each day and that has got to be measure of job satisfaction. Without my dedicated and experienced Senior Leadership Team of Annette Wynyard Deputy Principal, Zorina Wigglesworth Deputy Principal, Ruth Hills Senior Teacher and Ken Smyth Senior Teacher and Principals Nominee, where would I be? As the song goes….” I’d be in a hospital or infirmary. “

Thank you all for your support this year. May you have a memorable festive season and New Year with your family and friends.

Tae noa mai ki te wa, e tutaki ano tatou, a tera tau

Ma Te Atua tatou, hei manaaki, hei tiaki,

Noho marika mai.

Aroha nui

John Paitai Principal Bay of Islands College

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