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henderson high school principal’s update Building great futures, student by student Our 2014 enrolment sessions are giving me the opportunity to meet with many parents doing the important due diligence on secondary school education for their sons and daughters. For these parents there is a degree of healthy concern and questioning as their child enters the secondary school system. Based on their own experiences, WKH\NQRZLWLVDXQLTXHRSSRUWXQLW\WKDWFDQPDNHDUHDOGLÎ?HUHQFH to where people end up in life. 2XUJRDOLVIRUDOORXUVWXGHQWVWRJUDGXDWHDVPDWXUHDQGFRQČ´GHQW young people who have the know-how and drive to achieve success in WKHLUFKRVHQČ´HOGVΖWȇVDUHDOLVWLFDLPLQRXUVPDOOVFKRROHQYLURQPHQW where we can: Č? 

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Outstanding academic results recognised Our students and parents can be very proud of the academic success being achieved at Henderson High School. The NZ Herald NCEA table, published last week, shows that we are one of the top performing schools in West Auckland. The table focuses on pass rates, but as I wrote in this column in February, we are also particularly pleased with the number of Excellence and Merit endorsements achieved by our students in 2012. Although the Herald table shows we are doing well, we want to do better. We have the talent in our students and teachers to be among the best of any decile level. That is our target - across all year levels and consistently from year to year. Some families in West Auckland choose for their sons and daughters to attend schools outside the district. I believe the academic results for our school show that closer to home, they can access the very best education. Academic performance is a sign that a school is doing well in its core purpose. The NZ Curriculum demands that a school must also support students in a holistic way: social, physical, and emotional, as well as intellectual. That is why we are focused on improving all areas of the school. Families are welcome to visit us and learn more DERXW WKH GLÎ?HUHQFH LQ RXU DSSURDFK 3OHDVH email or call to make an appointment.

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PRINCIPAL’S UPDATE

60th Jubilee Open Day: Sample the future, celebrate the past In February 1953, Henderson High School welcomed its foundation students, promising to develop their “character, health and skills and to play a full part in the community of Henderson”. Our purpose has not changed in the intervening 60 years. But there’s been a significant shift in how we achieve the vision. The 60th Jubilee Celebration, on Saturday, 11 May, is an opportunity for us to reveal the substance in this to both past students and the wider community. On the outside, the campus has been transformed with the creation of open spaces, fresh planting, and top-class sporting facilities such as our artificial hockey turf. Also underway is an initiative, led by the newly formed Henderson High School Foundation, to develop an area to become the heart of the school. On the inside, there has been a major investment in wireless internet infrastructure to create a technology-led learning platform. Every Year 9 student has been provided with a tablet computer, and is using these at school and at home to produce classwork. Our i-Learning programme is developing a wide range of practical and personal skills. Most importantly, student engagement in their learning is high. We look forward to welcoming past students to share the changes. We also invite prospective parents and students to attend the 60th Jubilee Open Day on Saturday, 11 May, from 10am to noon, and experience our vibrant school.

Mike Purcell, Principal B.A., Dip. Spec. Ed., M.Ed. (Cant), M.Ed.Admin (Massey) admin@hhs.school.nz 5144112AF


HENDERSON HIGH SCHOOL

PRINCIPAL’S UPDATE

i-Learning programme is underway Every Year 9 student – enabled and engaged! This year we have invested in tablets for all Year 9 students, as well as a powerful wireless network that delivers the internet throughout the school. We are also investing in teachers’ professional development to ensure the tablets are not just a toy, but a way to motivate students and make learning more engaging. The tablets are the foundation of our i-Learning programme, and are used by Year 9 students in the classroom and at home. Through i-Learning we help students to: • Develop literacy skills – by researching widely online, and then writing about what they learned. • Develop skills in self management, using applications such as online diaries. • Personalise their learning – from rugby league to world politics, students can earn NCEA credits by completing tasks relevant to their own interests. • Learn from each other – by sharing their work online. Another important benefit of our programme is that parents can share in what their sons and daughters are learning. Secondary school education is very different to what has been before. The New Zealand Curriculum puts an emphasis on developing lifelong learning skills, and young people who are confident, connected and actively involved. Technology in the classroom is vital to achieve these goals.

Mike Purcell, Principal B.A., Dip. Spec. Ed., M.Ed. (Cant), M.Ed.Admin (Massey) admin@hhs.school.nz 5144112AC


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