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Prospectus PAKURANGA COLLEGE AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND - A FORWARD-THINKING, FUTURE-FOCUSED SCHOOL
2020
prospectus                                  PA K U R A NG A CO L L EG E
                                            AUCKLAND • NEW ZEALAND
       A F O R W A R D -T H I N K I N G , F U T U R E - F O C U S E D S C H O O L
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PAKURANGA COLLEGE WILL
PROVIDE AN EXCEPTIONAL
AND INNOVATIVE LEARNING
COMMUNITY THAT CHALLENGES
AND SUPPORTS STUDENTS
TO EXCEL AND DEVELOP THE
SKILLS, ATTITUDES AND VALUES
THEY NEED TO SUCCEED BOTH
NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.
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IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE YOU                problem-solving. Rather than being
TO THE PAKURANGA COLLEGE LEARNING                  ‘repositories’ of knowledge, we expect
COMMUNITY.                                         them to explore, investigate and
                                                   create innovative solutions, using the
I look forward to sharing an outstanding
                                                   many resources around them. These
learning partnership with you, that will be
                                                   are the skills that we believe our
supportive and successful for your child.
                                                   students will need for knowledge-
At Pakuranga College we place an emphasis          based societies of the future.
on ownership of learning and being actively
                                                   Pakuranga College is an
involved, so that our students are well equipped
                                                   exceptional school because
to succeed both now and in the future.
                                                   there is a balance between
The role of our teachers is to establish high      demanding the highest academic
quality learning environments, in which            and behavioural standards, and
students can discuss and share existing            the expectation that students, staff
knowledge and interact with new information,       and parents are accountable for
                                                              their actions. There is also
                                                                 emphasis on providing
                                                                   a caring, personal and
                                                                    respectful environment, in
                                                                    which everyone is treated as an
                                                                    individual and afforded respect
                                                                   and dignity at all times.
                                                              As you begin your educational
concepts and ideas. This level of engagement       journey with us, we hope you enjoy the
is developed through quality relationships         incredible opportunities that are available, and
with students, families and whanau. Teachers       take advantage of our outstanding facilities, the
                                                   wide range of co-curricular activities, and the
challenge students to think, reflect and
                                                   exceptional teaching and support staff. We look
                                                                                                       PAKURANGA COLLEGE PROVIDES
evaluate their own progress.
Students are also encouraged to be interactive
                                                   forward to welcoming you into the Pakuranga         A VERY SPECIAL LEARNING
                                                   College family.
with teachers, technology and their peers,
                                                   Michael Williams
                                                                                                       ENVIRONMENT. IT IS FOCUSED ON
to develop real understanding and, most
importantly, to apply their knowledge to           Principal                                           DEVELOPING OUTSTANDING CITIZENS
                                                                                                       WHO ARE MORAL AND RESPECTFUL.
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NCEA, RATHER THAN THE SINGLE FINAL HIGH SCHOOL EXAMINATION IS IMMEASURABLY
SUPERIOR AT PREDICTING THE RESULTS OF THE FIRST YEAR (AT UNIVERSITY).   PROF JOHN HATTIE, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
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PAKURANGA COLLEGE OFFERS AN                             NCEA is based on the principle of ‘standards-based
INNOVATIVE AND FLEXIBLE CURRICULUM,                     assessment’. This means that a student’s achievement
DESIGNED TO PROVIDE BOTH BREADTH                        is assessed against agreed standards, rather than
AND DEPTH. OUR PHILOSOPHY IS BASED                      another’s performance. Most progressive countries
ON BUILDING LEARNING PROGRAMMES                         are now moving towards this approach, because
DESIGNED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF EVERY                     it provides much more explicit information about
STUDENT.                                                individual achievement, rather than simply an overall
                                                        percentage score.
JUNIOR CURRICULUM
                                                        There are three levels of NCEA. At each level
In Years 9 and 10 the curriculum is designed for        students must achieve a certain number of credits,
students to build a solid foundation across core        and these can be gained over more than one year.
        (compulsory) subject areas as English, Maths,
             Science, Social Studies and Physical       Students in the Senior school meet with their
                 Education/Health.                      subject teachers every day for one hour. This
                                                        significant amount of daily tuition helps to provide
                    However, students are also          depth and academic rigor in all courses of study.
                     able to choose from a wide
                       variety of subjects within       All students are encouraged to achieve Excellence,
                        the faculties of The Arts,      which is now recognised through endorsement
                         Technology and Languages.      certificates awarded at each level and in each course.
                         Each subject selected within   ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
                         these areas is studied for
                        a minimum of half a year.       For those students who require additional
                        This process allows students    support in their learning, the Optimal Learning
                      to experience a variety of        Centre (OLC) runs core classes in Years 9 and 10.
                    options, enabling them to make      These have been modified in pace and content to
                   more informed choices for NCEA.      ensure that students learn at the rate which enables

            Both core and option subjects are
                                                        them to succeed.                                         STUDENTS SHOULD FEEL POSITIVE
                                                        Students are in these classes to gain confidence, fill
       taught by specialist subject teachers.
                                                        in their learning gaps, and receive extra support to     THAT WHAT THEY LEARN TODAY WILL
SENIOR CURRICULUM                                       prepare them for NCEA. [CONTINUED OVER]
In Years 11-13, students complete their NCEA
                                                                                                                 BE RELEVANT TO THEM AND HELP
(National Certificate of Educational Acheivement).                                                               THEM TO GROW INTO WHO AND WHAT
This qualification provides rigorous and relevant
information about student achievement and enables
                                                                                                                 THEY WANT TO BE IN THE FUTURE.
students to access universities around the world.
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GIFTED & TALENTED
At Pakuranga College, we recognise students
who may be gifted and talented in a range of
ways and we aim to provide experiences both in
and outside of the classroom which will extend          PAKURANGA COLLEGE OFFERS
and stretch them.                                       A WEALTH OF EOTC ACTIVITIES
These may include, for example, extension
classes and multi-levelling, collaborative              AT A LOCAL, NATIONAL AND
problem-solving events, academic conferences
which challenge thinking and a wide range of
                                                        GLOBAL LEVEL. GROUPS OF
co-curricular activities on offer within the            STUDENTS HAVE VISITED
school community.
                                                        A RANGE OF LOCATIONS IN
                                                        AUCKLAND, IN NEW ZEALAND
                                                        AND ACROSS THE WORLD,
                                                        INCLUDING JAPAN AND EUROPE.
Students enrolled at Pakuranga College engage in a
range of EOTC opportunities, that offer authentic,
real-world learning contexts.
EOTC or Education Outside the Classroom, is
curriculum-based learning activities that go beyond
the walls of the classroom. This includes any
curriculum-based activity that takes place outside
the school, ranging from a museum or marae visit, to
a sports trip, field trip, or outdoor education camp.
Experiences outside the classroom reinforce learning
by enabling students to make connections between
what they have learned in school and the world
beyond the classroom. EOTC experiences give
students opportunities to develop their learning
habits in a different context.
                                                                                      CLASSICS TRIP 2019
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DUKE OF EDINBURGH 2019
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The world is changing, and schools have had to change     Technology has enabled lots of new learning               real world learning in authentic scenarios via a digital
too. Technology has flooded our lives, and there are      opportunities that were never possible before. For        device has also been shown to improve student
now very few jobs that don’t require us to interact       example, we’ve used Skype to beam a NASA astronaut        engagement. We know that when students are
with it at some level. As a result, we have a duty to     into the classroom, so that students can speak directly   engaged and motivated to learn, this leads to better
ensure that our students are lifelong learners who are    to them in Houston, Texas!                                educational outcomes.
prepared for the future.
                                                          This is obviously far more exciting than reading about    At Pakuranga College, students are taught to use their
Being able to remember and repeat information is          space in a book. Students are now able to share their     device effectively and appropriately. They have the
no longer the focus of a good education. Now,             work and ideas with a worldwide audience, making          flexibility to choose the best tool for each task, and
teaching and learning is less about the delivery of       learning more authentic and relevant.                     some lessons may require no device use at all.
facts to students, and more about what they do
with this information.
                                                          WHY BYOD?                                                 TECHNOLOGY & NCEA
                                                          We have an effective BYOD programme at the College        NCEA exams for senior students are moving to an
At Pakuranga College, we aim to grow and nurture          that has been in place since 2011. This programme         online environment. There are over 30 subject areas
skills in our students, such as creativity, innovation,   requires all students to bring a device for learning.     that now provide online examinations at the end of
problem solving, communication, and the ability to        When every student in the school has their own            the year. Student feedback, both nationally and at our
work together in teams. These are all essential for       device, this opens up a huge range of possibilities       school, has been very positive regarding the use of
the future.                                               in the classroom. It enables teachers to personalise      devices, and doing examinations digitally has become
                 WHAT IS ELEARNING?                       lessons for each student. It also enables students to     the choice of most students.
                                                          explore and present their learning in a way that suits
                       Here at Pakuranga College, we
                                                          their learning style.
                                                                                                                    SAFETY & SECURITY
                         are leaders in eLearning and                                                               At Pakuranga College, we provide access to our
                           are constantly approached      Another huge benefit of a student having their own        wireless network for all students. We have one of the
                             by other schools to share    device is that they can access their learning 24/7.       best school networks in the country. It is extremely
                               our vision and practices   Students no longer learn just at school during the day;   fast, stable and secure. Students authenticate their
                                around its use.           they can be learning and accessing resources at any       device at the start of each day and we can track an
                                                          time from our online environments. All of our             individual’s activity on our network 24/7.
                                  eLearning doesn’t
                                                          teachers use Google Classroom, which is an online
                                  simply involve
                                                          space where resources, instructions, tasks and
                                  putting technology
                                                          real-time conversations can take place.
                                  and devices into
                                  a classroom. It is a    Evidence regarding digital devices used in schools
                                 complete change in the   indicates that students are more engaged in
                                way teachers approach     their learning when using a device, due to the
                              teaching and learning.      personalisation that it provides. Being able to provide
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STUDENTS ARE TAUGHT HOW TO MAKE USE OF
THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA SAFELY AND
RESPONSIBLY. WE BELIEVE THAT PART OF OUR ROLE
IS TO EDUCATE AND GROW GOOD DIGITAL CITIZENS
WHO ARE RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS ONLINE.

                                                CLIVE FRANCIS
                                                FACILITATOR, CORE EDUCATION
                                                PAKURANGA COLLEGE HAS A LONG HISTORY OF
                                                NATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN ELEARNING AND THE
                                                INNOVATIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION.
                                                WHAT STANDS OUT FOR ME IS THE SUPPORT GIVEN
                                                TO TEACHERS TO ADOPT INNOVATIVE PRACTICES
                                                THAT INCORPORATE APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY
                                                USE, AS WELL AS THE INVOLVEMENT OF STUDENTS
                                                AS PARTNERS TO CO-CONSTRUCT WHAT THAT
                                                PRACTICE LOOKS LIKE FOR THEM SO THAT IT IS
                                                TRULY EFFECTIVE TO ENHANCE THEIR LEARNING
                                                AND UNDERSTANDING.
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AT PAKURANGA COLLEGE,
WE PRIDE OURSELVES
ON PROVIDING A STUDENT
CENTRED LEARNING
ENVIRONMENT.

The philosophy that underpins the
curriculum and every part of daily life
in the school places students at the
centre of our thinking, and they are
                                          STRIVE                                 CONNECT
encouraged to be active participants in
                                          STRIVE FOR OUR                         MAKE CONNECTIONS
the learning process.                     PERSONAL BEST                          WHAKAWHANAUNGATANGA
                                          NGANA                                  - WORK TOGETHER
                                                                                 - PARTICIPATE AND LEAD
                                          - SET GOALS
                                                                                 - DISCUSS WITH OTHERS
                                          - SEEK CHALLENGE
                                          - NEVER GIVE UP                        Connecting with others and working
                                                                                 together makes our learning more
                                          We aim for the best possible
                                                                                 fun and engaging.
                                          outcome in everything we do,
                                          aiming for excellence in everything.   SHAVON CLAASSEN,
We value student voice highly.                                                   YEAR 9
                                          ANAHITA MISTRY,
All students are given the opportunity    YEAR 12
to provide feedback and direction
on what happens in classrooms and
around their school. As we have
examined how young people learn, we
have worked with students to identify
a series of learning values.
CREATE                                REFLECT                             RESPECT
BE CURIOUS                            QUESTION AND THINK                  BUILD POSITIVE
AND DISCOVER                          HURITAO                             RELATIONSHIPS
WAIHANGA                              - ANALYSE                           MANAAKITANGA
                                      - EVALUATE
- EXPLORE                                                                 - EMPATHISE
                                      - ORGANISE
- INNOVATE                                                                - COMMUNICATE
- PROBLEM SOLVE                       Reflecting on the quality of our    - CARE FOR OURSELVES, OTHERS
                                      learning is key to understanding      AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Curiosity leads to the discovery of
                                      obstacles recognising what we can
new and innovative ideas.                                                 By respecting those around us,
                                      do to progress.
SIMON MENEZES,                                                            and creating a positive atmosphere,
YEAR 13                               CHARLOTTE TUKIRI,                   our learning and educational
                                      YEAR 10
                                                                          experiences will thrive.
                                                                          IMANI RANASINGHE,
                                                                          YEAR 12
HOUSE CAPTAINS
ONE SCHOOL, SIX WHANAU
                             To encourage a sense of belonging, each student
                             belongs to one of six Houses. This is your child’s
                             school ‘whanau’.
PAKURANGA COLLEGE HAS A      Each House has a Dean and an Assistant Dean,
                             who are responsible for the academic success
RICH LEGACY OF ENSURING      and wellbeing of its students. Within each House,
AN INCLUSIVE AND CARING      students belong to a tutor group with other
                             students from Years 9 to 13. Tutor teachers work
ENVIRONMENT, IN WHICH        closely with each student and their parent(s) or
                             caregiver(s) to ensure their time at Pakuranga College
EVERY STUDENT FEELS VALUED   is enjoyable and successful. Senior students also take
                             an important role in supporting our junior students
AND DEVELOPS A STRONG        as Peer Support Leaders.
SENSE OF BELONGING.          At the start of each year, Year 9 camp is held to help
                             students settle into their new school and House.
                             New students from each House, along with Peer
                                Support Leaders, Deans and tutor teachers spend
                                   three days at a variety of outdoor venues,
                                     establishing relationships with their teachers
                                       and peers. This is an excellent opportunity
                                        for students to make new friends and
                                         form bonds that will last throughout
                                          their time at Pakuranga College.
                                        To build connections and a sense of
                                        belonging and ownership we organise
                                        various of inter-House sporting and arts
                                      events throughout the year. These are
                                     eagerly anticipated by the students and
                                    hotly contested between the six Houses.
Our youth workers provide another level of             Parents have access to their child’s progress,
                                                      support to students through mentoring and              attendance and academic reports at any time via our
                                                      friendship. In addition, the Student Support Faculty   online Parent Portal. In addition, a digital newsletter
                                                      runs a range of proactive programmes designed to       is sent out every two weeks, to keep parents and
HEALTH AND WELLBEING                                  meet students’ needs.                                  caregivers up to date with what is happening.
The work of the Deans and tutors is supported by
      our Guidance Counsellors, youth workers and
                                                      PARENT PARTNERSHIP                                     We also make use of Facebook and Instagram to
                                                      We believe that communication with parents             highlight upcoming events and celebrate student
             the school nurse. Students are able to
                                                      and caregivers is essential to each student’s          achievement, both inside and outside of school.
                 access any of these support people
                   during the school day.             learning as it supports the learning
                                                                                                                          THE SIX HOUSES AT PAKURANGA COLLEGE
                                                      partnership between the student,
                     Counsellors work with                                                                                 ARE EACH A FAMILY. IT’S NOT EASY TO
                                                      caregivers and the College.
                      students on a confidential                                                                            EXPRESS THE GRATITUDE I HAVE FOR
                       basis and can also provide     Students receive four progress                                          THE HOUSE SYSTEM AND THE SCHOOL.
                       referrals to other agencies,   reports throughout the year.                                            BOTH HAVE SUPPORTED US LIKE FAMILY
                       if appropriate. Parents        There are also a number of Tutor                                        TO BECOME WHO WE ARE TODAY.
                       are welcome to contact         Evenings, Group Conference Days                                         PAKURANGA COLLEGE HAS A VERY
                       the guidance team at any       and Verbal Report Evenings, which
                                                                                                                             SPECIAL CULTURE THAT WILL ALWAYS
                      time if they have concerns      provide an opportunity to meet your
                                                      child’s teachers and discuss
                                                                                                                           REMAIN WITH ME.
                     about their child’s emotional
                                                                                                                      MARTIN QIANG
                    wellbeing.                        their learning.                                              YEAR 13, HOUSE CAPTAIN, MATAI
SPORTING OPPORTUNITIES                                  We have access to excellent school and
                                                        community facilities including an athletics track,
Sport is a great opportunity for students
                                                        indoor cricket facilities, hockey turf, netball and
to experience teamwork, to develop their
                                                        tennis courts, large year-round heated swimming
communication skills and to learn about
                                                        pool, gymnasiums, weights rooms, and extensive
commitment. The College employs three full time
                                                        rugby and soccer grounds.
                                                                                                                AT PAKURANGA COLLEGE, WE
sports staff and offers all major codes. We also
employ specialist coaches in a wide range of sports     THE ARTS                                                ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING
so that students are given the very best coaching
available. A large number of teachers and parents
                                                        The co-curricular programme supports and                A HOLISTIC EDUCATION THAT
                                                        extends the formal Arts curriculum by providing
also offer assistance in the various sporting events.   opportunities for all students to participate and       INCLUDES OPPORTUNITIES
We encourage fair play, participation and enjoyment,    learn.
with a commitment to achieving excellence to the                                                                FOR PARTICIPATION IN A WIDE
                                                        In Music, students can sign up for individual
highest possible level. This includes competing
at national tournaments and taking part in
                                                        instrument lessons regardless of the level – beginner   RANGE OF ACTIVITIES. WE OFFER
                                                        through to advanced.
international sports tours.
                                                        We also offer a wide range of music opportunities
                                                                                                                OUTSTANDING FACILITIES AND
    PAKURANGA COLLEGE UNDERSTANDS HOW                   in the form of organised groups; from orchestra,        AN EXTENSIVE CO-CURRICULAR
     IMPORTANT MY CRICKET IS TO ME AND MY               chamber music ensembles and quartets, through
      TEACHERS ARE REALLY SUPPORTIVE IN HELPING         to the College jazz band, rock bands and choirs.        PROGRAMME, THAT ENABLE
                                                        The emphasis is on performance, and we provide
       ME TO BALANCE ACADEMIC STUDY AND MY
        SPORTING CAREER. WITH THEIR HELP I’VE           frequent opportunities for students to do this both
                                                                                                                STUDENTS TO EXCEL AND FULFIL
        BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN GOOD RESULTS IN MY        at school and in external competitions.                 THEIR POTENTIAL OUTSIDE THE
        STUDIES, AT THE SAME TIME AS ACHIEVING          Each year the College puts on a major musical
       MY SPORTING GOALS.                               production; most recently Guys & Dolls and High         CLASSROOM.
     SKYE BOWDEN, YEAR 13                               School Musical. We are also very proud of our
  NZ WOMEN’S INDOOR CRICKET TEAM,                       annual Dance Showcase event, for which tickets
NZA OUTDOOR CRICKET                                     are always in high demand. In addition, students
                                                        are involved in a wide range of activities and
                                                        competitions from Stage Challenge to the College’s
                                                        own Shakespeare players. [CONTINUED OVER]
THE ARTS [CONTINUED]                                     In the Junior school (Years 9 and 10), students are
All of these activities provide opportunities            also encouraged to be involved in the student
for students to be involved: on stage, backstage,        councils, many of which have a junior leadership
through music, sound & lighting and set                  group within them. In addition, we run a leadership
construction. They are also a great way for them         training programme specifically for junior students.
to take on authentic leadership roles, as well as        This is conducted by senior students, (a leadership
just helping out.                                        role for them), and aims to help our younger
                                                         students think more explicitly about their leadership
Another highlight in our co-curricular calendar is the   skills and how to develop them.
House Arts Challenge, in which students from
each House create and perform a piece                             STUDENT LEADERSHIP IS GREATLY VALUED
or pieces from disciplines of Dance,                                IN EVERY ASPECT OF SCHOOL LIFE. EVERY
Drama, Music and Visual Arts. As                                       STUDENT AT PAKURANGA COLLEGE IS
with our inter-House sporting                                            GIVEN ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES TO
events, the title and associated                                          STEP UP AND LEAD, WHETHER IT BE
bragging rights are hotly                                                 IN COUNCILS, SPORTS TEAMS, IN THE
contested each year.
                                                                          CLASSROOM OR OUT ON THE GROUNDS.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP                                                       FOR ME, THESE OPPORTUNITIES HAVE
At Pakuranga College, we place                                          HELPED ME DISCOVER AND DEVELOP
considerable emphasis on the                                         WHO I AM AS A PERSON AND AS A LEADER.
development and support of student                              SUE-LYNN LEONG, YEAR 13,
                                                           HEAD STUDENT
leadership at all levels. To provide authentic
opportunities for students to develop their              CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES
leadership skills, we have empowered our student
councils, which cover every aspect of school life,       The wide cultural diversity of the College is
to make a real difference both within the College        represented in a number of groups ranging from
and beyond.                                              tangata whenua to the Pacific, Africa, Asia, and the
                                                         Indian sub-continent.
The House Leader and House Captain roles also
provide important opportunities for students to          Our diversity is a source of great pride, and it is
get involved and exercise leadership. These roles        celebrated and promoted with the help of the
link closely with our Peer Support Programme,            student Cultural Council. This group organises a
which aims to assist in new students’ transition         range of activities throughout the year, including the
into the College.                                        Cultural Expo and the much-anticipated Cultural
                                                         Evening, for which students spend several weeks
In all of our co-curricular activities, whether it is    creating musical performances that showcase their
sport, the arts, cultural groups or student councils,    cultural heritage. In addition to the Cultural Council,
we enable and expect our students to take on             we have a wide range of culture groups which
leadership roles that are critical to the team or        enhance and extend education and leadership
group running successfully.                              opportunities for our students.
SPORTS
              HEATED               COMPLEX
               POOL    GYM
                                                        PLAYING
                                                         FIELDS

                             LIBRARY
          VISUAL                              SITE OF
           ARTS                                NEW
                                             BUILDING
                                             - 2020               ASTRO
                                                                   TURF
COLLEGE
 HALL
IN RECENT YEARS, THESE FACILITIES HAVE INCLUDED:

                                              • New sports complex with gymnasium       • Classroom upgrades
OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES FEELS IT IS VITAL         and classrooms                          • Additional car parking for staff and
                                              • Sports fields upgrade                     community members who use our
THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE THE BEST POSSIBLE                                                  facilities after hours
                                              • Swimming pool upgrade
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. AS RESULT, IT HAS       • Fitness centre                          Our next project is a new building
INVESTED IN EXCESS OF $6 MILLION OF LOCALLY   • Creation of Visual Arts suite           containing 12 classrooms. Construction
                                                                                        will take place in 2020 and it will be
                                              • New astro-turf
RAISED FUNDS OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS IN      • Cricket practice wickets
                                                                                        located adjacent to the Gate 4 car
                                                                                        park. This is a joint venture with the
PROVIDING UPGRADED FACILITIES.                • IT infrastructure (this is now one of   Ministry of Education, with the College
                                                the best in the country)                contributing almost $1M to the project
                                              • Construction of exterior decking and    to ensure it goes ahead.
                                                shelter areas
Through careers education and guidance, our team of
                                                                          NATHAN ROBERTS                             LIANNE EDWARDS-MAAS
           Careers Advisors helps students to make decisions about        ELECTRICAL APPRENTICE,                     CONJOINT BACHELOR OF
             their future, and supports their successful transition       ETCO AND DALTON ELECTRICAL.                ARTS AND SCIENCE,
               from school to further education or work. Our
                 education programme encourages students to               I’ve always been a hands-on person         THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND.
                  realise their full potential by helping them to         and sitting at a desk doesn’t appeal to
                                                                                                                     Majoring in Ancient History,
                   develop self-awareness and foster their personal       me, so I chose to do an apprenticeship
                                                                                                                     Geography and Anthropology, I have
                   qualities. They learn to explore the world of work     rather than going on to tertiary study.
                                                                                                                     enjoyed continuing with the subjects
                   and training and manage career decisions and           The great thing about having a trade is
                                                                                                                     that interested me most in high school,
                   opportunities for themselves.                          that it gives you the option of running
                                                                                                                     and have been amazed by the
                                                                          your own company in the future, plus
                 Work experience and our Gateway programme                                                           number of opportunities offered at
                                                                          you don’t get into debt while you
                provide students with opportunities to experience                                                    the University.
                                                                          are training.
              ‘real life’ situations in different industries, to enable                                              At the end of my first year, I received
            them to make informed decisions about their future            I love the mental and physical
                                                                                                                     an Excellence in Geography award
          education, training and employment.                             challenges of what I do, and I recently
                                                                                                                     and made the 2018 Dean’s Honors
                                                                          represented the companies that I work
                                                                                                                     List. This allowed me to connect with
                                                                          for at the national finals of the ECANZ
                                                                                                                     people across multiple disciplines, and
                                                                          Challenge, which is an electrical skills
                                                                                                                     I am now looking towards a career in
                                                                          competition.
                                                                                                                     Historical Geography.
                                                                          In the future I’d like to have my own
                                                                          business and I’m also interested in
AT PAKURANGA COLLEGE WE PROVIDE                                           working in the TV production industry.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL STUDENTS TO REALISE                                 Fortunately, I’ll have lots of options!

THEIR OWN PERSONAL VISION OF SUCCESS.
LINDSAY DANIELS                                 BENNY SHEN                               JESSICA WILLIS                             SIONE MAAMA
PROFESSIONAL ACTRESS.                           BDS DENTISTRY,                           MARKETING &                                BACHELOR OF BUSINESS,
After attending Pakuranga College,              UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO.                     PRODUCTION COORDINATOR,                    AUT.
I went on to The University of Auckland         I chose Dentistry because I wanted       OXYGEN EVENTWORKS,                         I’m currently in my second year at
and gained a Bachelor of Arts, majoring         to combine my love for science,          NEW YORK.                                  AUT, and it’s been a really rewarding
in Drama and minoring in English. During                                                                                            experience so far. Since starting
                                                health and interpersonal relations.
this time, I was represented by an acting                                                After studying for a Bachelor of Arts in   my studies, I’ve been able to use
                                                It’s extremely exciting for me because
agency.                                                                                  Event Management at AUT, I applied         what I’ve learned about marketing,
                                                I get to use my own hands to make        for the AUT Internz International          accounting and project management
I’ve done a variety of projects such as         quite dramatic improvements to a         Scholarship Programme to live and          to start a basketball coaching academy
TV commercials, short films and guest           patient’s wellbeing.                     work in New York City for a year.          with my brother, Josiah. It’s called
appearances. However, my career
highlights so far have been securing a          I love the tight-knit student            No two days are the same – from            GI Rise Basketball and we work with
role on Shortland Street in 2016, as well       community and culture here at            weddings to concerts to marketing          individual athletes from amateur to
as a leading role (Malika) in drama series      Otago University, and living away        launches to fancy cocktail parties. I      professional level.
‘Alibi’ in 2018 (TVNZ on demand).               from home is definitely a bonus. It’s    get to work with and meet amazing          I’m also involved with the junior
                                                also a fantastic way to transition       people. We’ve organised events for
To make it in this industry you have to be                                                                                          programme at Tongan Basketball
                                                into being a more independent adult.     Maybelline, NYFW, Google, Mini
talented, hard-working and thick skinned.                                                                                           where I’m Head of Player
                                                                                         Cooper, Mont Blanc and Ray Ban.
I was once told, “Auditioning is the work.      I hope to work as a dental house                                                    Development. I coach the Tongan
Work is the perk”, and this is a quote I live   surgeon in hospital after I graduate,    What I love about event management         Mens’ team, and we are currently
by. The NZ film industry is really starting     and then move into private practice.     are the people, the music, networking      preparing for the 2019 Pacific Games
to boom and there is so much more                                                        and the upbeat atmosphere. It’s such       in Samoa.
opportunity for young NZ talent coming                                                   a fast-paced industry and each day is      In the future, I’d like to use the skills
from both American and Australia. My                                                     different. I didn’t want to settle for a   that I’ve gained to build GI Rise
future goal is to become successful                                                      job where money was the focus, and it      Basketball into an international
internationally and I am working hard to                                                 has proven to be more than worth it.       product, with the opportunity to travel
achieve this by continuing to train and                                                  Not a day feels like work!                 and coach around the world.
develop my skills.
We value the diversity and         ESOL classes are provided at all levels, where                                  MY EXPERIENCE AT PAKURANGA
                 vibrancy that international       required. International students are encouraged                                 COLLEGE COULDN’T HAVE BEEN
                    students have been             to enter NCEA, New Zealand’s internationally                                     BETTER. ALL THE TEACHERS
                      bringing to our school       recognised secondary school qualification.                                        WERE LOVELY AND ALWAYS
                       for more than 20 years.
                                                   International students should bring digital devices                               VERY CARING. THE SUBJECTS
                          Our students come        to New Zealand, e.g. laptops or iPads, to use in their                           MADE ME INTERESTED IN WHAT
                          from a wide range of     lessons. A digital translator is also encouraged for                           I WAS LEARNING AND A LOT OF
                          countries including      students who require language assistance. Our online                        THEM INVOLVED TRIPS.
                          France, Mexico,          Parent Portal is especially useful for parents overseas
                                                                                                             ALL OF THE STUDENTS WERE SO FRIENDLY AND ALWAYS WILLING
                         Spain, Bolivia, Brazil,   who can use this facility to access their children’s
                                                                                                             TO HELP AND THAT IS WHY THE ENVIRONMENT AT THIS COLLEGE
                        Cambodia, Chile, China,    attendance and NCEA results.
                                                                                                             IS SO GOOD AND HEALTHY. I ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD ABOUT
                      Colombia, Germany, Hong
                                                   Our international students live with families in the      COMING TO SCHOOL. EVEN WHEN I FELT HOMESICK, PAKURANGA
                    Kong, Italy, India, Japan,                                                               COLLEGE MADE ME FEEL COMFORTABLE.
                                                   Pakuranga College area. These families are carefully
                 Macau, Malaysia, South Korea,
                                                   selected by our dedicated and experienced                 THIS EXPERIENCE WAS AWESOME, NOT ONLY BECAUSE I’M IN A
             Solomon Islands, Switzerland,
                                                   homestay staff, who regularly interview both              BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BUT BECAUSE OF EVERYTHING ELSE HERE
     Tahiti, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
                                                   students and families.                                    – THE COLLEGE AND THE PEOPLE, ARE AMAZING. IT HELPED ME A
                                                                                                             LOT TO DEVELOP AS A PERSON AND TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND
                                                                          WE OFFER NOT JUST AN               MYSELF BETTER. NOW, AT THE END WITH ALL THESE
                                                                         EDUCATION, BUT A WHOLE NEW          UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES, I’M HAPPY TO SAY THAT PAKURANGA
                                                                           LIFESTYLE!                        COLLEGE FEELS LIKE A SECOND FAMILY FOR ME.
                                                                            ANNE HENWOOD,                    ISADORA BARBOZA
                                                                            DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL        DOLZE, BRAZIL
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS                                                      STUDENTS

ARE INTEGRATED INTO REGULAR                                            See our website
                                                                     www.pakuranga.school.nz
CLASSES WITH LOCAL STUDENTS.                                      and our Facebook page
                                                   www.facebook.com/pakurangacollege
THEY CAN CHOOSE FROM A WIDE
                                                   Enquiries about enrolment should be made
RANGE OF SUBJECTS AND ARE                          to our Director of International Students,
                                                   Mrs Anne Henwood,
ABLE TO MIX WITH A VARIETY OF                      email: ahenwood@pakuranga.school.nz
OTHER STUDENTS.
PAKURANGA COLLEGE
      Pigeon Mountain Road I Half Moon Bay I Auckland 2012 New Zealand
          PO Box 82090 I Highland Park I Auckland 2143 New Zealand
T: (09) 534 7159 I www.facebook.com/PakurangaCollege I www.pakuranga.school.nz
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