Waiuku College Handbook 2021

 
Waiuku College Handbook 2021
Waiuku College
 Handbook 2021
Waiuku College Handbook 2021
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Waiuku College ...............................................................................................................................................................................4
Our College’s Whakatauki/Motto: Titiro Teitei ..............................................................................................................................4
Our Vision .........................................................................................................................................................................................4
Our Values ........................................................................................................................................................................................4
School Charter ..................................................................................................................................................................................5
Whare Ma Toro – ‘A house where we can reach out for knowledge’..............................................................................................5
College Life ......................................................................................................................................................................................6
College Hours....................................................................................................................................................................................6
School Hours .....................................................................................................................................................................................6
School Bus ........................................................................................................................................................................................6
College Lunchbox..............................................................................................................................................................................6
Ihub/Library ......................................................................................................................................................................................6
Student Centre .................................................................................................................................................................................7
Key Dates/Holidays 2021 ..................................................................................................................................................................7
Term One: Year’s 9 - 10 Commencement Procedures .....................................................................................................................7
Term One: Year 11 – 13 Commencement Procedures .....................................................................................................................8
School Costs ....................................................................................................................................................................................8
School Stationary ..............................................................................................................................................................................8
Trips and Camp .................................................................................................................................................................................9
ID Card ..............................................................................................................................................................................................9
Sports Teams ....................................................................................................................................................................................9
Payments ..........................................................................................................................................................................................9
Timetable Structure ........................................................................................................................................................................9
School Bell Times ..............................................................................................................................................................................9
Assemblies, Admin and Daily Notices ........................................................................................................................................... 10
Our Curriculum and Classes ........................................................................................................................................................ 11
Junior classes ................................................................................................................................................................................. 11
Assessment & Reporting ............................................................................................................................................................... 11
Subjects......................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Junior Students - Year 9 & 10 ........................................................................................................................................................ 12
Year 10 Class Organisation ............................................................................................................................................................ 13
Senior Students – Year 11,12,13 ................................................................................................................................................... 13
NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). .......................................................................................................... 14
Senior Course Structure ................................................................................................................................................................ 15

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Special Assessment Conditions ..................................................................................................................................................... 15
Work Experience & Tertiary Study Opportunities for Students in Yrs12 & 13 ........................................................................... 16
Gateway Programme ..................................................................................................................................................................... 16
S.T.A.R. Courses ............................................................................................................................................................................. 16
Vocational Pathways – Bridging the gap from Learning to Earning........................................................................................ 16
Uniform Regulations ................................................................................................................................................................... 18
Extra-Curricular Activities ........................................................................................................................................................... 20
Extra curricular Activties: .............................................................................................................................................................. 20
Itinerant Music Programme .......................................................................................................................................................... 20
Sports............................................................................................................................................................................................. 21
Computer Access and BYOD........................................................................................................................................................ 22
Student Support........................................................................................................................................................................... 23
Form Teacher................................................................................................................................................................................. 23
Deans ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 23
Guidance Counsellor ..................................................................................................................................................................... 23
House Leaders ............................................................................................................................................................................... 23
Learning Support ........................................................................................................................................................................... 23
International Department ............................................................................................................................................................. 24
Gifted and talented students (GATE) ............................................................................................................................................ 24
Behavioural Expectations ............................................................................................................................................................. 25
Code of Conduct ............................................................................................................................................................................ 25
Our Student Management System - Edge .................................................................................................................................... 26
Our Parent Portal........................................................................................................................................................................... 26
To set up your parent portal: ........................................................................................................................................................ 26
Waiuku College Website & Facebook Page ................................................................................................................................. 27
Attendance – Absence, Lateness and Leave ................................................................................................................................ 28
The Legal Requirements for Attendance: ...................................................................................................................................... 28
Attendance and Achievement ....................................................................................................................................................... 28
Absences from School ................................................................................................................................................................... 28
Assessments and Absences ........................................................................................................................................................... 28
Requests for Leave ........................................................................................................................................................................ 29
Exit Passes ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 29
Classification of Absences – Justified and Unjustified. .................................................................................................................. 29
Punctuality ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 30
Consequences for Unexplained Absence (Truancy) and Unjustified Lateness ............................................................................. 30
Questions, Questions, Questions…. ............................................................................................................................................. 31

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Waiuku College is a State Co-educational, Decile 6, Year 9 to 13 Secondary
                             School of approximately 900 students including approximately 30 internationals. The
                             College caters for students from Waiuku township and the wider rural community, an
                             area of approximately 16,000 people. It also includes the communities of Pukeoware,
                             Aka Aka, Otaua, Glenbrook, Waipipi and Awhitu. About 40% of students come to school
                             by bus from these surrounding rural communities.

                             A strong partnership exists with College parents and the wider community who
                             provide support and encouragement. The College acknowledges Ngaati Te Ata as
                             Mana Whenua in the district and incorporates the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
                             to work in partnership to promote the interests of Maori students and the wider
                             community. Maori make up about 25 percent of the student population.

Our College’s Whakatauki/Motto: Titiro Teitei
The school motto means to look high and can be interpreted as exhorting the school community, both staff and
students to aim high in all they do. It encourages them to aim for excellence in achieving personal best. It implies
that effort in application can produce excellence in achievement.

                                          “Effort and Excellence”

Our Vision

Waiuku College is an Inclusive Teaching and Learning Community where staff and students aim high and together
achieve to the best of their ability. We do this by:

•   Providing opportunities
•   Encouraging participation
•   Expecting effort
•   Promoting success
•   Celebrating excellence

Our Values
Whanaungatanga – Relationships & Responsibility. Whanaungatanga can be described as a relationship, kinship,
sense of family connection.

Whakaute – Pride, Respect & Appreciation. Whakaute is about respect – “being respectful and respected.”

Kaitiakitanga – Guardianship, Safety, Care and Sustainability

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School Charter
Our school charter can be found on the Waiuku College website: https://waiuku-college.school.nz/school-
information/school-charter/

Whare Ma Toro – ‘A house where we can reach out for knowledge’

The 3 baskets of knowledge represented on our Whare are:
“Kete Aronui” which holds all the knowledge that can help mankind, (all these good) Education, The Arts, Manaki,
Aroha, Awhi, Tiaki, Tautoko.
“Kete Tuauri” which holds knowledge of karakia, himene, waiata memory and prayer. Things sacred and spiritual.
Tangihanga, Tikanga, Moteatea, Nga Tupuna.
“Kete Tuatea” which holds knowledge of caution. Things good and bad, be careful (kia tupato)

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College Life

College Hours
Students are encouraged to be at school by 8:30am and ready to learn by 8:40am, except on a Tuesday when they
should arrive by 9:15am, ready to learn by 9:25am.
   - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:45 – 3:10 (Seniors have an early finish on Wednesday at 2:15pm)
   - Tuesday 9:25am – 3:10pm.
Students are expected to remain onsite once they arrive at college, until the end of the day.

School Hours
Our school office is open from 8am through to 4:30pm, Monday – Friday.
They are available through email office@waiuku-college.school.nz

School Bus
The College is well served by buses, all information about our bus routes can be found at https://waiuku-
college.school.nz/school-information/bus-information/

The bus operator has requested that passengers arrive at bus stops 5 minutes before scheduled departure time

Students are reminded that their right to transportation is dependent upon adhering to the following code of
conduct, which can be viewed and downloaded at https://waiuku-college.school.nz/school-information/bus-
information/

Students are monitored after school by our school bus controller – Mr Johnson.

College Lunchbox
The lunchbox is open during break times for students to use. Orders may be placed. The Lunchbox menu can be
viewed from the school website. You can contact the Lunchbox directly via the school website for specific contact
details.
Go to https://waiuku-college.school.nz/staff-directory/

Ihub/Library
The IHUB is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm, however it shuts at 3:30pm on a Friday. The IHUB is a place where
students can access the school library resources, loan laptops and have a quiet space for students to study.
You can reach the IHUB manager via the school website:
Go to https://waiuku-college.school.nz/staff-directory/

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Student Centre
Our student centre is open from 8:30am through to 4:30pm and is the place where students can go if they have any
questions, arrive to school late, hand permission slips in, need to seek first aid and/or sign out to go to outside
school medical appointments.

Key Dates/Holidays 2021

Term One: Thursday 4th February 2021 – Friday 16th April
   • Public holidays: Waitangi Day (observed) Monday 8 February
   • Easter: Good Friday 2 April, Easter Monday 5 April and Easter Tuesday 6 April (a school holiday)
   • School holiday: Saturday 17 April - Sunday 2 May (includes ANZAC day 25 April).
Term Two: Monday 3rd May – Friday 9th July
   • Public holiday: Queen’s Birthday 7 June
   • School holiday: Saturday 10 July – Sunday 25 July
Term Three: Monday 26th July – Friday 1st October
   • School holidays: Saturday 2 October – Sunday 17 October
Term Four: Monday 18th October - TBC
   •   Public holidays: Labour Day 25 October, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day
   •   School holiday: 5 or 6 weeks (from school’s closing date until opening date of school the following year)

Term One: Year’s 9 - 10 Commencement Procedures

 Thursday February 4th 2021              8:45am – 3pm              Year 9 Only Powhiri and Orientation Day One

 Friday February 5th 2021                9am – 3pm                 Year 9 Orientation Day Two
 Tuesday February 9th February           9:25am - 3:10pm           Whole school onsite

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Term One: Year 11 – 13 Commencement Procedures

Only students requiring option changes need to attend.
Students who need to change must email their Dean for an appointment time during the course confirmation days.
New Students to the college to meet at reception on their first day.
Seniors need to ensure that their courses are confirmed and that they are ready to start their timetable on day one
of the term. Failure to do this could affect their option choices due to class availability.

 Thursday February 4th 2021              8:45am – 3pm          Senior Course Confirmation – if students have been
                                                               advised to come in via email – bookings to be made with
                                                               Deans.
 Friday February 5th 2021                9am – 3pm             Senior Course Confirmation – if students have been
                                                               advised to come in via email – bookings to be made with
                                                               Deans.
 Tuesday February 9th February           9:25am - 3:10pm       Whole school onsite

School Costs

School Stationary
Waiuku College is a BYOD (bring your own device) school and as students are required to have a laptop at Year 9,
backup exercise books are provided by the school. Costs for Food Technology, Workshop Technology and
Art/Music are covered by the school.

    Stationery to Buy: Pencil Case which includes: Red and blue pens, pencil, sharpener, rubber,
    ruler, protractor, glue stick & coloured pencils, Clearfile (40 pages), A4 Refill

The School will provide the following for Year 9 and 10 students:
 English             1B5 Exercise Book                  Spanish                      1B5 Exercise Book
 Mathematics         1E5 Quad Book x 2                  Chinese                      1B5 Exercise Book
 Science             1B5 Exercise Book                  Te Reo Maori                 1B5 Exercise Book
 PE & Health         1B5 Exercise Book                  Food Tech.                   1B5 Exercise Book
 Social Studies      1B5 Exercise Book                  DVC (Graphics)               Drawing paper, set square etc
 Art                 Drawing book & folder              Materials Tech.              1B5 Exercise Book
 Music               1B5 Exercise Book                  Homework Diary               1B5 Exercise Book

Most of this stationery will be kept in classrooms.

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Trips and Camp
Trips out of school and camps will involve extra costs. The 2-day Year 9 Camp is usually held in March and is based
at the Awhitu Environmental Camp and a week-long camp for Year 10 in November. Costs are approximately $70
for Year 9 and $250 for Year 10 students.

ID Card
There is a cost of $10 for the Student ID Card which can be used for in-school printing, to get student rates on public
transport, at the movies and as official identification. The cards are made available after ID photos are done early
in the first term.

Sports Teams
There are fees for being involved in extra -curricular sports teams and activities offered by the school. These are
related to the costs involved in entering the various competitions.

Payments
School costs may be paid in advance, by instalments or by an automatic payment (phone our Accounts Officer on
(09)235 8139 ext. 249). Accounts itemizing outstanding costs are sent out regularly by the school office.

Timetable Structure

School Bell Times

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Assemblies, Admin and Daily Notices

Year Level Assemblies happen once a week in the school hall and are conducted by either the Principal, Deputy
Principal, or the Dean.
When not in an assembly, students are in Admin class with their Form teacher. This time is important for Form
teachers to develop relationships with their students and share the daily notice and advertise events happening
around the school.
House assemblies happen at various times throughout the year and are a time for House Leaders to develop house
spirit and share upcoming events for students to participate in.

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Our Curriculum and Classes

Junior classes
Data for students from their primary schools will be used to create an academic profile for every learner. The
Year 9 Dean and the Special Education Coordinator visits and consults directly with contributing schools and their
Year 8 teachers to assist in information gathering on the social, academic, and learning needs of students.

Students who come from outside our area are required to have an enrolment interview before starting at Waiuku
College.

All Year 9 classes are mixed ability with no streaming applied.

Year 9 classes follow through to year 10, with the addition of our Whanau Class.

Assessment & Reporting
Student progress is assessed in a variety of ways, including tests, assignments, projects, individual and group
activities, and end of year exams. Student progress is measured against the levels of the New Zealand
Curriculum. Typically, students starting Yr9 will be at level 4 of the curriculum and by the end of Yr10 they will
have reached level 5 or 6. Students studying for Level 1 0f the National Certificate of Educational Achievement
(NCEA) should be at level 6 of the curriculum.
Students in years 11-13 are assessed against NCEA Unit and Achievement Standards. More information about the
NCEA system can be found at www.nzqa.govt.nz.
Reports are available throughout the year, with real time access to grades being available through the Edge App
or Parent Portal.

                                             New Zealand Curriculum Levels
                                 https://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum
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Subjects
The New Zealand Curriculum specifies eight learning areas: English, the arts, health and physical education,
learning languages, mathematics and statistics, science, social sciences, and technology. The learning associated
with each area is part of a broad, general education and lays a foundation for later specialisation.

                                      https://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum

Junior Students - Year 9 & 10
Yr9 students study the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, Social Studies and Physical Education and Health. Students
in Yr9 also complete ‘taster’ courses in Art, Music, Te Reo Māori, Chinese, Spanish, Food Technology, Materials Technology,
Design and Visual Communication (Graphics) and Digital Technology.
Yr10 students select a combination of half year and full year options to study alongside the core subjects.

In Year 10, all students take the core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Physical and Health
Education). They also choose up to four option subjects. Year 10 students take:
          either                            2 full year options
          or                                1 full year option and 2 half year options
          or                                4 half year options

Full Year Options:        Chinese, Spanish, Maori, Music, School Services Academy.
Half Year Options: Art, Digital Technology, Food Technology, Design and Visual Communication, Materials
Technology, Drama, Investigative Geography, Ancient Civilisations.

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Year 10 Class Organisation
Year 10 students study the core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Physical and Health
Education) with their Form Class. The options classes are made up of students from across Year 10 who have chosen
the same subject. This marks the start of the transition to the Senior School where students no longer have lessons in
Form Classes.
If you want to take a subject in Year 11, you do not have to take it in Year 1o. However, some Year 11 subjects, such as
Chinese, Spanish and Te Reo Maori, will be easier if you have studied them in Year 10.

Senior Students – Year 11,12,13
In Yr11 students must take English, Maths and Science plus three options. In Yr12 students take six subjects, one of
which is English and in Yr13 students take five subjects.

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NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement).

Each subject is divided up into Standards. Each standard is worth a set number of credits. If students achieve the
standard (in other words they pass it) they are awarded the corresponding number of credits. To achieve NCEA Level
1, 2 or 3 there is a minimum number of credits that students must earn – see below. They also must achieve NCEA
Literacy and Numeracy

NCEA Literacy and Numeracy: By achieving NCEA Literacy and Numeracy students are demonstrating that they have
reached the minimum standards required in reading, writing and maths. To achieve Literacy and Numeracy, students
must gain a minimum of 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits. Lots of NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 standards count
towards Literacy and Numeracy. For example, a student achieves a standard worth 3 credits and the standard also
counts towards Literacy. The 3 credits count towards their overall total but also towards the 10 credits they need for
Literacy. Each subject page gives information about which standards contribute to Literacy and Numeracy. Gaining
Literacy and Numeracy is not the same thing as passing English and Maths.

NCEA Level 1: Students need to achieve 80 credits at Level 1 or above. They must also meet the Literacy and Numeracy
requirements.
NCEA Level 2: Students need to achieve 80 credits, 60 of which must be at Level 2 or above. The other 20 credits can
be from Level 1 or above. They must also meet the Literacy and Numeracy requirements.
NCEA Level 3: Students need to achieve 80 credits, 60 of which must be at Level 3 or above. The other 20 credits can
be from Level 2 or above. They must also meet the Literacy and Numeracy requirements.

Scholarship: These are optional exams targeted at the top Yr13 academic students across the country, and there are
a range of financial awards available for the most successful students. Scholarship exams do not count towards NCEA
Level 3 nor do they lead to a qualification.

University Entrance
University Entrance, or UE, is the minimum qualification required by school leavers to study at a New Zealand
university. To gain University Entrance students must:
   •   Achieve NCEA Level 3 – see above.
   •   Achieve 14 Level 3 credits in each of three University Entrance Approved Subjects (UEAS), e.g. 14 credits in
       English + 14 credits in Geography + 14 credits in Chemistry.
   •   Achieve UE Literacy by gaining 5 reading and 5 writing credits at Level 2 or above. UE Literacy credits are
       earned by gaining specific Achievement Standards at Level 2 or 3 across a range of subjects.
   •   Achieve Numeracy by gaining 10 numeracy credits at Level 1 or above – see NCEA Numeracy above.

Many university courses have additional requirements, for example they may specify which Level 3 subject’s students
should have taken. Students should research the exact requirements of any courses they are interested in applying
for. Auckland University prefers students to have a minimum of 17 Level 2 or 3 English credits, in addition to the
minimum UE Literacy requirements.

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Course Fee’s
Please refer to individual subject pages for information about course related fees. By applying for a particular course,
you are indicating your agreement to pay the related fees.

Senior Course Structure

The Senior Timetable
The senior timetable is made up of six lines, A to F. Each line contains four periods giving a total of 24 periods a week.
Period 5 on Wednesdays is a study period. Students in Years 11 and 12 take six subjects. Students in Yr13 normally take
five subjects with the sixth line set aside for private study.

Year 11 students MUST take English, Maths and Science (or Primary Industries), plus three options.

Year 12 students MUST take English or Te Reo Maori and five options. They should retain a broad choice of subjects.
Students should take Maths if it is required as a foundation for tertiary study or they have not yet gained Level 1
Numeracy (10 credits) or UE Numeracy (10 Maths credits at Level 1 or above).

Year 13 students are strongly advised to study English, or a subject with a major English language component (eg.
History, History of Art or Health) especially if intending to go to University. Students must take a total of 5 options
which make up a coherent overall course related to their proposed tertiary study, or employment. Students may take
a sixth subject at the discretion of the Year 13 Dean.

English, Mathematics and Science 101 or 102
In English, Mathematics and Statistics and Science students are placed into one of two streams, 101 or 102. 101 is for
students who have demonstrated a higher level of success in Yr10 and 102 is for students who require additional
support.

Getting Option Advice
The Form Teacher should be the first source of help. The subject teachers, Heads of Department and Deans will be
glad to assist in any way they can. Students can also speak with the school’s Careers Advisor, Miss Wilson.

Special Assessment Conditions

Some students are entitled to Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) such as a reader/writer or extra time when they
are completing internal assessments and exams. Students can qualify for SAC for a variety of reasons, such as dyslexia,
dyspraxia and visual or hearing impairment. If students have had additional support in the junior school, they may
qualify for SAC when doing NCEA. Contact Ms Joyce, the schools Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), via
https://waiuku-college.school.nz/staff-directory/

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Work Experience & Tertiary Study Opportunities for Students in Yrs12 & 13

When students reach Year 12 a range of new opportunities are presented that enable them to plan their pathway
through the senior school and on to tertiary study or employment.

Gateway Programme
A structured work experience programme called “Gateway” operates for Year 12 and Year 13 students. Students need
to be “work-ready” and have the necessary attitudes. Students complete a work placement with an employer one day
a week for around ten weeks, while they continue to study at school.
Students often benefit from the Gateway Programme by becoming more motivated and self-confident. Students have
reported that the workplace learning is easier because it is ‘real’.
In recent years we have had Gateway placements in businesses including: Animal Care, Building, Engineering,
Healthcare, Hairdressing, Equine, Agriculture, Sport and Recreation, Early Childhood Education, Automotive,
Horticulture, Construction, Tourism, Midwifery, Plumbing and Electrical.
In 2021 we will have placements available for 40 students in Year 12 and 13. Students will need to fill out a Gateway
Application Pack, complete relevant sections on the school’s career tool and successfully complete an interview.
Please contact the Gateway Coordinator in the Careers Centre to apply. https://waiuku-college.school.nz/staff-
directory/ Applications close at the end of Week 4 Term 1, 2021. Interviews will take place in Week 5 Term 1.

S.T.A.R. Courses
Senior students can study part of a Unit Standards based Polytechnic course while still at school. Success in one of
these will give easier access to a full-time course at polytechnic in the future. S.T.A.R. course give students the chance
to explore areas of interest and experience learning in a tertiary environment. S.T.A.R. Courses are outlined on the
‘S.T.A.R. Courses’ pages of this booklet. New courses may become available during the year. These will be advertised
via the Student Notices. Further details can be obtained by contacting the Careers Centre https://waiuku-
college.school.nz/staff-directory/

Vocational Pathways – Bridging the gap from Learning to Earning

As well to counting towards NCEA, many Level 2 credits also count towards one or more of the Vocational Pathways.
Vocational Pathways awards highlight a student’s learning, achievement, and skills in relation to a particular group of
industries or services. There are six Vocational Pathways:

    •   Manufacturing and Technology
    •   Construction and Infrastructure
    •   Creative Industries
    •   Primary Industries
    •   Service Industries
    •   Social and Community Services
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Vocational Pathways Awards:
If you pass NCEA Level 2 and you have earned 60 Level 2 credits from the recommended list of standards for a
particular pathway, including 20 from the list of sector-related standards, you will be awarded that Vocational Pathway
on your Record of Achievement. For example, you could receive the Primary Industries Vocational Pathway award or
the Creative Industries Vocational Pathway award. This will tell employers and trainers that you already have a good
foundation to start training in their particular industry.

Level 1 Standards and Vocational Pathways
Although Level 1 credits do not count towards any of the Vocational Pathways Awards, there is a list of recommended
standards. These standards are considered to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to get you started on your
way towards achieving a particular Level 2 Vocational Pathway award.

For more information:
For more information visit the Vocational Pathways website at http://youthguarantee.net.nz/vocational-pathways/

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Uniform Regulations

Waiuku College requires students to wear a school uniform. Uniform should always be worn between school, home
and on trips outside the classroom.
School uniform can be purchased from the Warehouse in Pukekohe.

 Junior & Senior Girls                                          Junior & Senior Boys
 White Waiuku College blouse                                    Grey Waiuku College collared shirt
 Grey regulation Waiuku College Skirt                           Black Waiuku College shorts
 Plain black or white socks                                     Waiuku College or plain black socks
 Plain black shoes                                              Plain black shoes
 Black or brown sandals (with heel strap)                       Black or brown sandals (with heel strap)
 Waiuku College grey hoodie                                     Waiuku College grey hoodie
 Waiuku College maroon jersey (school office only)              Waiuku College maroon jersey (school office only)
 Waiuku College maroon polar fleece (school office only)        Waiuku College maroon polar fleece (school office only)
 Waiuku College Jacket                                          Waiuku College Jacket
 Plain black, white, or maroon scarf                            Plain black, white, or maroon scarf
 Black Waiuku College pants                                     Black Waiuku College Pants
 Maroon school cap                                              Maroon school cap
 Plain black Beanie                                             Plain black Beanie

JEWELLERY AND OTHER ITEMS.
Students may wear an ear stud or small earring. A small nose stud may be worn for cultural reasons. Neck jewellery
of a cultural nature (e.g. taonga) may be worn but should be under the school uniform for practical activities and as
directed by the teachers.

HAIR.
All hair should be kept tidy. Long hair may need to be tied back for health and safety reasons in certain classes.
All boys, except year 13, always need to be clean shaven.

SPECIAL AND FORMAL EVENTS
Number Ones, Blazers and Waiuku College ties are loaned from the school for special occasions and are worn by
prefects to formal school events. Ties are available from the office for $20.

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SHOES
Sandals cannot be worn with socks or stockings. You will need to wear plain black shoes and laces.

TROUSERS
Regulation long charcoal trousers can be worn for all Year levels. These can be purchased from the School Office.

SOCKS
Girls may wear plain white or black socks, or plain black tights. Boys can wear Waiuku College charcoal socks or plain
black socks.

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Extra-Curricular Activities

There are a variety of activities for students to be involved in at Waiuku College, these range from Sports, Arts &
Drama, Cultural performances, as well as Music. Students are encouraged to read the daily notices to find out
further information about these activities.

 Extra curricular Activties:
     -   Epro8 (Science and Technology)                              - Class Representative
     -   Drama Productions (Drama Students)                          - Year Level Representative
     -   Melbourne Arts Festival Trip                                - Student Council
     -   Show Quest                                                 - Maori & Pasifika Council
     -   Peer Sexuality Support Programme (PSSP)                    - Kapa Haka
     -   SADD                                                       - Services Academy
     -   Surf Life Saving                                           - Peer Support
     -   Chess Team

For more information about Arts, Cultural & Music activities, please contact our Arts Coordinator Leonie Cook.
For more information about Sports, please contact either Michelle Carrol or Judith Coe, our Sports Coordinators.
You can reach these staff through https://waiuku-college.school.nz/staff-directory/

Itinerant Music Programme
There are a variety of musical instruments that are available to learn at Waiuku College. These range from Vocals,
Brass, Violin, Guitar, Percussion, Woodwind, Piano and Flute. Please get in touch with our Arts Coordinator if you are
interested in learning any of these.

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Sports
There is an expression of interest form that can be filled out for those that are interested in participating in any of
the below sports – this can be found at: https://waiuku-college.school.nz/sports/sports-forms/
Sports available at Waiuku College are:
 TERM 1           Archery                            Equestrian                         Running Club
                  Athletics                          Motocross                          Swimming
                  Badminton                          Multisport Events                  Tennis
                  Basketball (boys & girls)          Triathlon/Aquathon                 Touch Rugby
                  Clay Shooting                      Orienteering                       Volleyball
                  Cricket (boys & girls)             Rock Climbing                      Waka Ama
                  Cross Country                      Rugby Sevens                       Sailing
 TERM 2           Archery                            Hockey (boys & girls)              Football (boys & girls)
                  Badminton                          Motocross                          Squash
                  Basketball (boys & girls)          Multisport                         Triathlon
                  Clay Shooting                      Netball                            Volleyball
                  Cross Country                      Orienteering                       Lacrosse
                  Duathlon                           Rock Climbing
                  Equestrian                         Rugby (boys & girls)
 TERM 3           Archery                            Motocross                          Rugby League (boys & girls)
                  Badminton                          Netball                            Football (boys & girls)
                  Basketball (boys & girls)          Orienteering                       Squash
                  Clay Shooting                      Road Races                         Volleyball
                  Cross Country                      Rock Climbing                      Lacrosse
                  Hockey (boys & girls)              Rugby (boys & girls)
 TERM 4           Archery                            Cricket (Jun boys & girls)         Rugby Sevens
                  Badminton                          Equestrian                         Running Club (Jun)
                  Basketball (boys & girls)          Motocross                          Touch Rugby
                  Clay Shooting                      Rock Climbing                      Volleyball         Waka Ama

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Computer Access and BYOD

We are a Microsoft Office 365 School
Student are required to have a device that is/has:
* Laptop or Windows tablet
*Windows 10 or OS Mac 10.146 - Please DO NOT buy an Android, Chromebook, or iPad – these are NOT suitable.
*Microsoft Office 365 will be available free for college students to download)
*Has a tough outer shell (especially for boys!) and a good protective case/bag
*Keyboard attached for tablets
*Minimum 13-inch screen
*Has at least 6-8 hours’ battery life
*8GB of Ram minimum
*Internal Solid State (SSD) greater than 250GB (Please do not buy a laptop with a Celeron processor if possible)
We will assist students to install antivirus and other school supplied software at the start of year

Please note:
The Waiuku College IT department can set up all new students’ computers in the 2 weeks before school starts in
January. Please contact the school office for further information about this.

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Student Support

Form Teacher
Every year level is divided up into several classes who are led by a Form Teacher e.g. Year 9 has 7 Form classes of
25 students. Your form teacher is your number one contact during your time at Waiuku College. You will see them
each day and they are your first point of contact for any questions you may have. They work alongside your year
level Dean to assure that you are support throughout your time at school so that you can achieve to the best of
your ability.
Parents can reach their child’s form teacher via the school website for specific contact details.
Go to https://waiuku-college.school.nz/staff-directory/

Deans
Each year level in the school has a Dean that is responsible for the wellbeing and academic achievement of each
student in their year level. They work closely with the form teacher and subject teachers to monitor and support
student progress and behaviour at school.
Parents can reach their child’s Dean via the school website for specific contact details.
Go to https://waiuku-college.school.nz/staff-directory/

Guidance Counsellor
Our head of guidance and her team are available for both students and parents with personal and educational
concerns. All matters are treated with tact and are in confidence. Our Guidance team are essential support to
students and their mental and emotional wellbeing during their time. Appointments can be made for students via
the drop off box in guidance or through email or our Teams system. Parents can reach the guidance via the
school website for specific contact details.
Go to https://waiuku-college.school.nz/staff-directory/

House Leaders
The house structure that exists in Waiuku College aims to build school spirit and competition throughout the year.
There are four house groups, and they are run by house leaders and elected house captains. House competitions
throughout the year, Athletics Day, Swimming Sports, Wearable Arts, Colour Run, Cultural Competitions e.g. The
Haka Com, Tug O War, International Dress, House Gardens alongside Environment and Academic Competitions.

Learning Support
Students with identified literacy and numeracy needs are provided with support through our Learning Support
Department. Teacher aides are also often allocated to individual students in classes where resourcing is available.
Some students will have an IEP (Individual Education Programme), outlining support measures that will be put in
place.
You can reach our Learning Support Department/SENCO via the school website:
Go to https://waiuku-college.school.nz/staff-directory/

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International Department
Waiuku College offers a broad curriculum delivered by well-qualified and multi-cultural staff. Students work
towards NCEA Levels one, two and three, and scholarship examinations in over 27 subjects. Maori, Japanese and
Spanish language classes are taught to NCEA Level 3. International students are offered general and subject
specific language learning through the ESOL department. Assistance is given toward school examinations as well
as preparation for tertiary studies. Support is based on the level of need identified by testing.
You can reach our International Department via the school website:
Go to https://waiuku-college.school.nz/staff-directory/

Gifted and talented students (GATE)
Staff have been trained to identify and support students who are gifted and talented. Opportunities are provided
for students to participate in extension courses and academic competitions. Contributing schools are asked to
provide information about giftedness as part of the transition process.
At the end of Year 9 identified students may be offered the option of acceleration. A staff member has the
responsibility for coordinating GATE practices.
You can reach our GATE coordinator via the school website:
Go to https://waiuku-college.school.nz/staff-directory/

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Behavioural Expectations

Code of Conduct
Students are expected to exemplify the Waiuku College values of Whanaungatanga, Whakaute, Kaitiakitanga.
These values encompass behaviours that enable our students to aim high and have high expectations.
On top of our values there are other rules that we expect our students to abide by:
   -   No mobile phones/earphones to be used between 8:45am and 3:10. These will be confiscated.
   -   No scooters/skateboards to be onsite.
   -   No chewing gum
   -   No energy drinks or soft drinks
   -   No items that are harmful or have the potential to cause harm, concern, or offence.

Note: Confiscated items will require a parent pick up.
Staff at Waiuku College work with a Straight-Line Discipline process with a focus on restorative conversations. This
ensures that acceptable behaviours are maintained so that the best possible learning takes place for everyone.
For example:

 Disruption of classroom learning.

        Teacher responds approriately, documents the incident(s) on edge - this
        informs the HOF, Form Teacher and the Dean.

               Repeated Behaviours: Teacher/HOF/Form Teacher conferences with student
               / informs parents.

                       Repeated Behaviours: Dean or HOF informs parents; student meeting with
                       parents / Counsellor as approriate
                                      Continued unaccepetable behaviour: Dean refers to Deputy
                                      Principal

Note: More serious misbehaviours will normally be escalated more quickly to the Year Level Dean.
Year Level Deans, Guidance Staff and Senior Leadership Team are always available for consultation regarding
student behaviour and discipline.

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Our Student Management System - Edge

Our Parent Portal
The Caregiver Portal allows you to view school information about your child(ren) and pay school bills online if your
school supports this.
The student data displayed depends on settings made by the school to enable access to the Caregiver Portal for the
year group(s) associated with your child(ren).
Select one of your children from the top to view. Their own student summary data is displayed with tabs (dependent
whether junior or senior school) for: Attendance, NCEA Progress Payment, NCEA Credit Summary, View Timetable,
Attendance Summary, Student Report, School Payments.
The ‘School Payments’ page shows a list of owing items for which the student has been billed. If your school is set
up for the online payment of school bills, you will be able to do this on the ‘School Payments’ page. Where the
student record holds a caregiver with Bill Payer status (and the school has set up with online payments) the School
Payments displays financial transactions attending the same school as the student who was selected. Balance due
reflects the amount for all students at this school.
Attendance and achievement records are available in this view.

To set up your parent portal:
Go to: https://www.waiuku-college.school.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/EdgeParentPortal.pdf
EDGE APP FOR CAREGIVERS
Logging into the Edge App is quick and easy with just a few steps required to get you underway.
First, you need to download the app for your device. It is available for both Apple and Android devices and can be
downloaded from the relevant stores.
To add the Edge App to an iPad, search and download the Edge App under iPhone not Tablet. There may be a filter
to select> Supports> and select iPad only.
Once you have downloaded and installed the app the first screen you will see on the app is the following.
              This is where you set up your PIN.
                You will need to enter your PIN twice to confirm it.

Once you have done so you will be presented with the login screen.

If you have set your school account up with Gmail, you can use the G+ authenticator to log in. If not, enter the email
address and password you would use to log in to the Caregiver portal website on your browser.
If this is the first time you have done either, you can use the 'Reset edge password'. This will email you a link to set
up your password. Follow those instructions to set it up, then return to the app.

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These steps will only have to be done the first time you Log In. If you use the Log Out function in the app you will
need to repeat the above steps.
Once you have logged in you will be presented with your Dashboard, and from here you can view your
child/children’s data including (but not limited to) Attendance, Timetable and Financial details. The Settings menu
can be found in the top right corner. From there you can Change your PIN, view your Profile etc as well as log out of
the Edge account (only necessary if you have multiple Edge accounts).

Waiuku College Website & Facebook Page

The Waiuku College website is found at https://www.waiuku-college.school.nz/. It is the place to find up-to-date
information, including the College Profile, College Charter, and the Annual Reports.
The Waiuku College Facebook page is found at https://www.facebook.com/WaiukuCollege/

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Attendance – Absence, Lateness and Leave

The Legal Requirements for Attendance:
   •   Under The Education Act (1989) – “the Act” - all students enrolled at a school must attend when it is open
       for instruction, unless there is a justified reason, such as sickness, sudden and serious illness of a parent, or
       other equally serious situation that means a student cannot attend.
   •   This is true for all students enrolled at the College, regardless of age, as the school has a legal responsibility
       to ‘take all reasonable steps to ensure the attendance of students enrolled at its school’ (Section 31(1) of the
       Act). This means the College must follow up absences and lateness with appropriate interventions.
   •   Parents/guardians are responsible for their child’s attendance at school, and it is an offence if this
       responsibility is not met for students under the age of 16 (section 29 of the Act). In situations where a
       parent/guardian condones (by lack of action or explicit approval) the absence of a child, then there may be a
       prosecution, although this is a last resort.
   •   The other key legal requirement for the College is the need to keep accurate records of attendance
       [Education (School Attendance) Regulations 1951].

Attendance and Achievement
   •   High attendance at school correlates strongly with positive socialisation, engagement with learning,
       stronger academic achievement, and general wellbeing.
   •   Attendance rates are reported as a percentage of half days over the number of half days open. Secondary
       schools must open a minimum of 180 days (360 half days) a year. Most students attend over 95% of the time.
   •   “Regular attendance” The Ministry of Education guidelines considers a student to be ‘regularly attending’ if
       their attendance is above 90% or more. Below 90%, a student as ‘not regularly attending’ school. While 90% is
       regular it still means a student misses an average of 1 in 10 days of school, which equates to almost 100 hours
       of lost learning time.

Absences from School
   •   Extended medical absences of over 3 days should be referred to a GP for the health and wellbeing of a
       student and therefore a medical certificate should be provided to the College. In circumstances where this is
       not possible, parents/caregivers are asked to contact the attendance officer to explain.

There are two ways to notify of an absence:
   •   Either Directly through the School App or Call (09) 235 8139 leave a message on the absentee line ext. 250
       or the main line if after hours or email our attendance officer – Rachel Roy, directly at ro@waiuku-
       college.school.nz
   •   If no reason is provided, or the reason is not justified according to the Act, it is recorded as an explained, but
       unjustified, absence.

Assessments and Absences
   •   Any absences that affect or occur on NCEA internal assessments (e.g. test, exams, or assignment due dates)
       MUST be explained by a medical certificate otherwise there is no chance of any credit. A note from a
       parent/caregiver is insufficient This is the same as for external examinations for NZQA.
   •   Students and parents are advised to refer to the Assessment Policies and Procedures for details.

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Requests for Leave
  •   For planned absences, a Request for Leave is expected.
  •   Application for leave for planned absences must be received one week prior to the start date, unless under
      urgent circumstances (e.g. bereavement). This can be in the form of an email or written letter.
  •   There is no obligation for the College to modify assessment dates if they fall in the period of requested leave.
      For further information, refer to the Schools Assessment booklet.

Exit Passes
  •   Students are required to stay in the College grounds during the school day (including interval and
      lunchtime). This is essential for the College to carry out its duty of care.
  •   Exceptions: In the case of sickness, dental or medical appointments, provided prior approval has been
      obtained from Student Services by obtaining an Exit Pass.
  •   Exit passes: Students must take any request or appointment details to Student Services to have an Exit Pass
      issued at the start of the school day or interval. Students with an Exit Pass must sign out at Student Services
      and, on return, sign in. For any other reason with the prior approval of a Dean or Senior Leadership Team
      Member who will issue an Exit pass (student must still sign out/in)
  •   Year 13 students who have permission to have lunch offsite (subject to change).
  •   Failure to comply with these requirements will result in being considered out of bounds and/or truant from
      College.

Classification of Absences – Justified and Unjustified.
  •   Absences can be either ‘justified’ or ‘unjustified’ regardless of if they have been explained. The College must
      abide by the Ministry of Education classifications of absence. In many cases the situation is similar to
      employers classifying staff absences.
  •   Justified absences include illness/injury preventing attendance, a significant event preventing attendance,
      regional or national sporting/cultural representation, bereavement, visiting a seriously ill relative, attendance
      at a citizenship or graduation ceremony, or other exceptional family circumstances.
  •   Unjustified absence includes holidays in term time or other absences that are explained but not allowed
      under the Ministry of Education guidelines, such as taking care of siblings, needing to work at home, the bus
      was late, etc. If the leave request extends a school term holiday, then it is generally unjustified.
  •   Sometimes it is hard to be definitive as families sometimes combine both unjustified and justified reasons
      into one event, e.g. a wedding held during a school holiday to justify leaving early; this is likely to be
      classified as a holiday in term time, and therefore as unjustified, or split as justified and unjustified time.
  •   All absences from class count as absences regardless of whether they are justified or unjustified, so all
      absences affect the attendance rate in the same way.
  •   Truancy is based on unexplained and/or unjustified absences only and includes skipping a class, a half day or
      full day of classes. In some cases, if the reason provided for the absence (by a parent/caregiver or a student)
      is unacceptable then it must be considered as truancy, for example staying home to study for a test, or to
      complete an assignment, or being ‘too tired to come to school’, etc.

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