Community

TYPE OF SCHOOL
Katikati College is a Year 7-13, rural, co-educational, multi-course, state secondary school situated 37 km north of Tauranga on State Highway Two. A high proportion of our students are bus pupils. The current roll of the College is 900.

DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLEGE’S COMMUNITY
Historically the area in and around Katikati was and still is inhabited by sub-tribes of the Ngaiterangi Tribe within the Tauranga Moana District defined as “Mai Nga Kuri-a-wharei Ki Maketu”. The three main Marae’s in the Katikati area are:
1. Otawhiwhi (Bowentown) - Whanau a Tauwhao hapu (sub-tribe).
2. Tuapiro (Katikati) - Whanau a Tauwhao hapu.
3. TeRereatukahia (Katikati) - Ngai Tamawhariua hapu.

The Marae serve as a focal point for community sentiments and provide facilities to enable their people to embrace all things Maori.

The Katikati District is a dynamic one which continues to undergo change. While the area is dominated by kiwifruit production there are a large number of other specialist crops produced. Tourism and small businesses are developing.

The population of the area is growing rapidly and many people now find employment in Tauranga. People are attracted to Katikati by its warm climate, its recreational features of mountains, bush and the sea. Its community spirit and dynamism attract people of all ages and lifestyles.

This strong community spirit is reflected in the high number of service organisations, sports and social clubs. All of these provide facilities and opportunities for all sections of society.

Katikati township has a small business centre and many services have to be obtained in Tauranga, 37 km away. However, local businesses are most supportive and helpful. The ‘Mural Town’ phenomenon continues to be a great success and enhances community spirit.

The district is served by a Play Centre, Kindergarten, Kohanga Reo, several Primary Schools, Day Care Centres and the College. Students requiring Tertiary Education either have to travel to Tauranga or live further away from home. However, some outside providers are now providing opportunities in Katikati.

Community expectations of the College are high and the College strives to fulfill those expectations. Relationships between the College and the community are most pleasing and College facilities are made available at all times, at the discretion of the Board of Trustees, for wide-ranging community use. These activities will continue to be encouraged.

VISION AND VALUES
Academic achievement is of paramount importance and all students are encouraged to utilise their full academic potential to reach the highest goals possible. These goals will be reached by the College providing qualified and committed teachers, continually upgrading facilities, setting and maintaining standards of work and behaviour and communicating with parents. Students can be assured that staff are interested in them as people and that they can expect help when they need it. Staff also expect to be treated with respect. Co-operation of all parties is the key to success.

All students do not develop at the same rate, and potential for development varies. Our learning centre identifies students with learning difficulties and they are given individual programmes. Programmes are also available to cater for more able students. Our timetable enables students to work at various levels and provides a choice of subject area more suited to individual needs. Clear prerequisites are set for progress to the next level of study. Students must display basic competency at a level before moving to the next one.

The College expects students to take responsibility for their own learning. This includes attending regularly, behaving sensibly, utilising their own individual talents and studying at home. Parents too, can help in this development by taking an interest in their students’ work, by providing study facilities and by seeing that standards of work and behaviour are set and maintained. Parent-teacher links and support are also very important in fostering student achievement.

While we emphasise the importance of academic excellence it is important to remember that to develop a well-balanced and mature adult there are many other facets of school life which need to be incorporated. Students find success not only academically but also in a host of other areas. Recreation and sport are areas in which many students find success. It is our aim to provide opportunities for students to participate in a very wide range of activities both in terms of team sports and individual pursuits. The number of sports offered is in direct relationship to the number of staff and parents willing to assist in this field.

Education outside the classroom provides an opportunity for students to excel in situations outside (of the classroom) and we aim to provide opportunities for students to have new experiences and to carry these experiences into later life.

In the areas of music and drama we aim to provide an opportunity for students to grow in expertise and confidence. The very high standards set over the last years give students an indication of the heights to which they can aspire. The happy mix of academic success, sport, drama, music and the arts is one of which we are proud and it will be our aim to keep that mix in place.

Pastoral care is an important part of our role as a College. Students can expect that their interests, concerns and problems will be handled in a caring, confidential and constructive manner. Form teachers have overall concern for the well-being of their form group and they are assisted by a Dean at each level. Other services such as Careers Advisers, Guidance Counsellors, Therapist and Senior Staff are available to help. The pressures on young people’s lives today are greater than ever before and the College has an important contribution to make in enabling students to reach their full potential without succumbing to these forces.

The Student Health Centre provides a professional health practitioner for students to access at school three mornings a week. The nurse deals with a wide range of health issues for our students and provides a vital service for our young people.

Over the years many of our students have excelled nationally. Our examination results are excellent. Katikati College is consistently among the top schools in the country for its decile rating. These results have been obtained because of a dedicated staff and by the good work habits of students. Several sportspersons and teams have gained national honours as have students in a diverse range of activities from science projects to fashion design.

We feel that with strong parental co-operation, a well-ordered and disciplined school environment and staff who care, students can reach their full potential as young adults. In the end, however, the greatest commitment must come from the students themselves to utilise all of their talents in whatever fields, and to become involved and not be a spectator. Life does not wait for spectators.

Last modified: Friday, 7 August 2015, 2:03 PM