Our focus for students is their successful integration into their new environment. A major focus for us is to provide appropriate experiences in an environment which fosters a love of learning, so that all our students become independent lifelong learners and critical thinkers.
Year 7 to 9 students are part of the Waiheke High School student community and are included in events and activities throughout the year. Recently, the Year 7 students have created their first newsletter, which you can find here, that gives you a first hand account of their first term at Waiheke High School.
Students have full access to the facilities of the secondary school including the science labs, laptop pods, music suites, and art rooms. Resources not generally available in intermediate schools.
Students have close ties with senior students whome they get to know well through peer programmes, whanau activities, and other school-wide events.
Camps, outdoor activities, and sports are key components of the Waiheke High School Programme. Specialist Performing Arts staff work with students in both curriculum and co-curricular music and drama.
All school classrooms have wireless internet connection, supporting mobile devices such as netbooks and laptops that allow access to email and online resources in a safe environment. Integrated computer skills are a part of each student's programme.
Educational research shows that homework has a significant effect on improving the success of students at high school. All students should have homework daily and parents can assist their child with homework by providing a consistent time and place in the home to complete their assignments.
The following table is our expectations as to the amount of time expected of students per subject:
Total Daily Approximate Minutes per Subject
Year 7 70 minutes 14 minutes
Year 8 80 minutes 16 minutes
Year 9 90 minutes 18 minutes