Key findings from our latest ERO report:
- "The school's value of being 'Respectful, Responsive and Resilient' are heping to support the school in embedding a school-wide, positive-behaviour-for-learning programme. Students are well aware of these values. The school's positive
- Staff members work well together, ably led by the principal.
- The school is using individual student achievement information well to make positive changes to learners' engagement, progress and achievement.
- Achievement across the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Levels 1, 2 and 3 is increasing and higher than national comparisons. Significant gains in the percentage of students gaining NCEA Levels 1 and 2 in 2015.
- Achievement in literacy and numeracy for NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 has increased over the last four years.
- Students in transition programmes experience high levels of success in gaining credits towards NCEA.
- Students benefit from high levels of support from the school community. Former students from across the generations take an active interest in what happens for young women at Waitaki Girls' High School.
- Students throughout the school participate and achieve in a wide range of sporting and cultural activities.
- The school's curriculum is effective in promoting student's learning. It actively supports students' opportunities to learn and is responsive to their immediate and future needs.
Students benefit from a curriculum increasingly fo focused on meeting their needs, interests and abilities. This can be seen through:
- increased opportunities for senior students to explore vocational pathways
- useful collaborations with local businesses and tertiary providers
- Level 1 NCEA adapted courses and increased use of distance learning
- extensive use of local learning contexts including local history, businesses, galleries and gardens
- high levels of achievement in literacy and numeracy in NCEA enabling students to achieve certificates in Level 1, 2 and 3.
The school is making very effective use of connections that are educationally powerful. These include useful links with the Pacific community, teacher networks with other schools and transition processes with contributing schools.
- Students at Waitaki Girls' High School are proud of their school and its history. Staff are highly committed to providing well for their students. More students are experiencing success in NCEA. The principal is effectively leading staff development and a focus on improvement. Effective partnerships to support students' learning are strengthening. Relationships are positive throughout the school and supportive of all students."