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Fraser High School

Prospectus


From one school come many leaders


Welcome to Fraser High School “Me ka moemoeā ahau Ko au anake Me ka moemoeā e tātou Ka taea e tātou If I am to dream I dream alone If we all dream together Then we will achieve” - Te Puea Herangi I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and your family, and invite you to join us at Fraser High School. Naumai, haere mai ki Te Kura Tuarua o Taniwharau. At Fraser, we are building upon Hamilton Technical Day School’s fine scholastic tradition of achievement in our young people. Our foundation for excellence is built upon strong community values and the legacy of past pupils, who have established a highly respectable reputation for academic, sporting and cultural success. Our co-educational school provides all the advantages of size, along with the caring encouragement and holistic support of a small school.

At Fraser, our students are the heart of the matter.

Virginia Crawford, Principal

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I am proud of our school, the personal and professional commitment of our staff, and the school community’s extraordinary dedication to ensure our students are supported to learn and achieve.


commitment Our commitment to your child We enhance and progress your child’s learning and achievement in whatever field they are passionate . We firmly believe in our young people. We challenge them and we equip them to take on the dynamic opportunities they may look forward to in the world. Our focus is determinedly upon our students, ensuring they will achieve in their chosen field. The 2013 Education Review Office (ERO) report states “Students continue to benefit from a wide range of pastoral, health, career and extra and co-curricular programmes. In the classes ERO observed, students were settled, engaged in learning tasks, and respectful of their teachers and one another.”

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heritage Connected to our heritage Fraser’s traditions and values enrich our new educational insights and initiatives.

Belonging and Heritage Established in 1920 as Hamilton Day School, in 1924 the school’s name was changed to Technical College in honour of Mr Whampoa Fraser, Principal (1925 – 1949). In turn, the name became Fraser High School when the school relocated to Ellicott Road. As the first Principal of the Hamilton Technical College, Mr Fraser was hugely admired for his many accomplishments in professional, sporting and community associations in the Waikato and in Auckland. He embodied old-fashioned values that promoted community and family, and he played a significant role in developing the culture and community in our city and region. We model our school, based on the timeless values of our school’s history

Waikato Taniwharau Mr Fraser understood the cultural significance of the area to Maori and this consequently enhanced the identity of the school. Through his contact with Maori Principals and Kaumatua at the time, he was directed to Waikato Taniwharau.

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Te Kura Tuarua o Taniwharau is a direction that we aspire to – leading learning in our community and nurturing many leaders. We are proud to acknowledge our New Zealand identity and turangawaewae. Above: The winning Fraser High School Maadi Cup crew in 1975. From left to right: Craig Wild, Nigel Burkhart, Harry Borema, Chris Rockell, Glen Potter, Chris Wise, Gary Taylor, Ashley Smith, Maurice Jarrett (cox). Photo: Dominion Post, Christchurch. Next page: Hamilton Technical College Engineering workshop in 1921, with Instructor, Mr H Toombs (centre), assisting a student. NB: Part of a World War 1 German torpedo (marked X) can be seen on the back bench.


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community Connected to our community Our community is a rich and vibrant tapestry of dynamic peoples who are valued Fraser High School is unique in Hamilton, in part because of our academic, cultural and ethnic diversity. Our students come to Fraser from a range of different backgrounds. In our school we celebrate the fusion of difference and success. We carefully blend the different strands to develop resilient and accomplished individuals.

Fraser Citizens We place a high value on students contributing to their local communities and the world they live in. The school’s Interact Club is a Rotary International service club for students who are dedicated to helping their school, local and international communities. Interact students organise and attend numerous events, activities and fundraisers throughout the year. The group provides students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, personal integrity and respect for others.

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Many Fraser students serve their community and the city when they participate in extensive volunteer networks.


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academic Academic success for all our students Student–centred learning and teaching – unrelenting focus on what is best for the learning needs of our students and our community For the staff at Fraser, learning and teaching is more than just our business, it is personal. We are committed participants in your child’s learning and achievement. The success of every student is key to everything we do at Fraser.

Exceptional Talent The Exceptional Talent Programme is designed to identify and extend students who have the potential to excel in a chosen field.

Enhancement The Enhancement Programme is a thematic learning class, focussing on raising achievement with a literacy focus.

Hei Taniwha The Hei Taniwha Programme is designed for all students who receive mentoring and pastoral care in a Kaupapa Māori context.

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LEAD LEADing Our Future A commitment to do our personal best so our students will achieve their personal best.

Personalised Learning Fraser provides diverse educational experiences where brothers and sisters can attend, young men and women learn together while belonging to a large and dynamic learning community. We know that as we actively develop worthwhile partnerships with families/ whanau and communities our diverse student body are more likely to achieve. “Co-educational excellence through partnerships” is the foundation for our approach to educating your child. At Fraser High School, achievement is about cultivating habits and attitudes that enables young people to face difficulty and uncertainty calmly, confidently and creatively.

Essential Success Makers

Learn with Purpose – This means finding out what your child is good at, what their

passion is and then supporting them to achieve in the things that will ensure their future success.

Engage with Pride – We are proud of our students’ achievements and belonging to FRASER HIGH SCHOOL

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Fraser’s legacy of success. We can hold our heads high as we endeavour to be the best we can be.

Act with Respect - Every student at Fraser is an individual of unique worth. We value

the individual that contributes and participates in the Fraser community in a caring and positive way. We believe in our students’ success and know that they deserve to achieve and succeed. We encourage our students to be courageous in their pursuit of success.

Dare to Succeed – By overcoming our fear of failure. We strongly encourage our

students to try, to apply effort and determination as they learn to achieve their goals.


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nurture A nurturing learning environment Expertise To ensure your child achieves to the best of their ability we are committed to ensuring that we have dynamic staff with expertise in their fields of teaching in front of every class. This expertise is recognised regionally and nationally. Excellent teachers are excellent learners. Our teachers’ commitment to their own on-going learning is evidenced by many continuing with postgraduate study at the University of Waikato and other tertiary institutions. Our teachers are actively involved in the community as musicians, artists, photographers, members of community theatre productions, school board of trustees, sports coaches and managers.

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transition Year 9 – Establishing the Foundation for Learning We are partners with our contributing schools, nurturing our students transition to Fraser A Year 8’s transition from a full Primary or Intermediate school to secondary school can be complicated by the social, emotional and biological changes occurring to them at this time. At Fraser, we acknowledge that we need to work in partnership with the students’ contributing school and their parents, to ensure our students’ wellbeing and learning are not negatively impacted upon. We understand how these changes affect our students and are better placed to support them make positive adjustments to Fraser. At Fraser we do this:

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• By striving to maintain class size to 24 students or less in Year 9. • Our senior student leaders actively facilitate peer support activities and mentoring. • Fraser’s LEAD programme is focussed on building foundation skills and attitudes necessary for our Year 9 students’ success, nurturing a sense of belonging and confidence to learn at Fraser. • Vulnerable students are supported by holistic health care managed by the school’s Health Centre and specialised learning assistance, managed by the Learning Centre and Support Centre. • The junior curriculum is designed to be responsive to our students’ learning needs in a timely manner, integrating ideas and concepts across all learning areas so that learning is culturally responsive and meaningful.


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strong links Strengthening links with our community We want you and your child to be familiar with our school, this means connecting with our community School Website – parents and community members may access vital school links and

contacts, and keep informed about current school events and learning faculties.

Fraser Facebook – the Fraser community may use the school’s social network for access to information about the corporate life of the school, and it is a valuable forum for timely feedback.

Parent Portal – provides parents daily access to their student’s attendance, pastoral record, timetable and student reports.

Western Community News – is our community newspaper that supports our student by reporting their accomplishments and voice on matters of importance in our community.

School Newsletters – are emailed and mailed to our Fraser Community. The newsletters are another way that we keep in contact with our parents and whānau about school life.

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News Sheets – are emailed or given to students, to inform parents and whānau of events or special news items or urgent reminders.


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