Wairarapa College is the largest secondary school in the Wairarapa. Located at 83 Pownall St, Masterton, Wairarapa College provides a dynamic learning environment blending tradition with innovation to assist each student in realising their full potential.
Set in spacious and beautiful grounds, the College contains a mixture of old and new buildings, presenting an attractive learning environment for students.
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As you read this newsletter, the school year is all but over for 2014 and so it is appropriate to reflect on what a great year is has been for Wairarapa College.
On the sports field and on the stage we have seen wonderful performances from our students at all levels. On the sporting front this was highlighted by the achievements at the national level during tournament week and culturally, Grease was certainly the word.
It is too early to fully judge the academic performance of our students but it is clear that they have been given every opportunity to perform to the best of their ability. And now we all wait.
At a Board level the year has held some challenges which has meant some big decisions have had to be made as we plan for 2015. We have reached a point where we are no longer able to fund any teaching staff above the number funded directly by the Ministry of Education. We have been funding additional teachers out of operational funding for a number of years to support curriculum delivery but sadly we have had to reduce staffing number for 2015.
We have also had to review all operational expenditure as we deal with increasing demands for services and no matching increase in funding. We also have some legacy issues such as debt repayments for the Hall which will make things tight for a number of years to come.
On the positive side, we are well advanced in negotiations with the Ministry on our site re-development plan which will involve a number of stages resulting in a 21st century school. This is a multi-million dollar investment in the future education of this region’s young people and is an reflection of the importance that our college has in the social fabric of Wairarapa.
So I am looking forward to a short break over the Xmas period and then back into an exciting 2015.
I would like to thank you, our community, for your support for Wairarapa College in 2014. Without your support we could achieve nothing.
As always, please let us know if you have any comments, concerns or even praise via our BOT email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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