Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, told Kāpiti College students that they could be proud of their academic success and of belonging to a high achieving school, during her visit to the College in 2014. She commended the Principal and staff for their efforts in raising achievement for all students and for the performance of Maori students in particular. “What works for Maori students will work with all students,” she said.
The Minister was welcomed to Kāpiti Marae and discussed with students, staff and Board members the various programmes that the College had developed to lift achievement. Year 12 Te Aniwa Black said that the Minister was very friendly and was interested in how well she was doing. Te Aniwa took Health Science as part of her Level 1 NCEA course and aims for a career in medicine. She achieved a Level 1 Excellence Endorsement last year.
Board Chair, Jennie Gutry, said that the Minister was refreshingly informal and was genuinely interested in hearing from students about what worked for them in improving their learning. “We had a good story to tell the Minister about achievement at Kāpiti, but she was already impressively well briefed about the school.”
The Minister inspected a new classroom built at the marae in a collaboration between Whitireia Polytechnic and the College. The room was constructed by trainees on Whitireia’s building programme and Ms Parata told Board members and Whitireia tutors, Sam Dean and Guy Harris, that the quality of their efforts was plain to see. She said that it was the sort of initiative that the Ministry should be encouraging.
The College has a more extensive building programme awaiting Ministry approval, following the roll growth of the last few years. This includes the Performing Arts Centre. Principal Tony Kane said that the Ministry understood the urgency of the school’s situation. “While we are coping now that two new classrooms have been completed, both staff and students are keen to see the new arts area started.”
Photo: Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, flanked by Head Girl Bonnie Hayvice and Angus Allan. At rear from left are: Sophie Dyhrberg, Christy Blythen, Jessie King, Johnson Crawford, Ryland Knight-Densem, Sean Pickersgill, Holly Moody, Shannon Barclay and Te Rehia Perez.