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Absolute focus and
application to her studies
has been the hallmark of Te
Kūiti High school’s Dux for
2015, Morghan Scrimgeour.
Studying Level 3 English,
Biology, Physics, Statistics
and Chemistry in Year 13,
Morghan gained her Level
3 NCEA Certificate with
Excellence as well as being
awarded the Jamieson Cup
for All-Round Excellence.
Morghan was also a
popular choice as a house captain, exhibiting all of the
qualities of a sound role model for younger students.
Despite her duties at school, and a part-time job, at no time
were her studies compromised.
Morghan attended summer school at Waikato and Otago
universities during her school holiday breaks and this ignited
in her a passion for science. It was this experience that
cemented her vocational pathway, Morghan is now studying
Health Science at Otago University, this will be followed
by clinical studies in her second year. Medical School is her
We congratulate Morghan on her fine achievements and
wish her well on her journey.
The school leaders for 2016 have a common goal and that is
to provide good role modelling and guidance for the student
MANIAPOTO: ‘We are the heart of the school,’ says Josh
and Juanita. If we look at our school and its location, we can
be found in the heart of Maniapoto. Historically, Maniapoto
was a true leader and Josh and Juanita aim to continue that
legacy. Maniapoto demands respect and that was truly shown
during the recent athletics meet resulting in outstanding
achievements. In order to win the Smith Shield, Maniapoto
has to maintain the respect that was shown during athletics.
Maniapoto will rise to all occasions.
RORA: Jessie-Jo Ball believes the Smith Shield will remain
with Rora at the end 2016. With Anson Lim by her side, Rora
will continue to be the powerhouse in all areas of the school
by taking part in every activity at school. Jessie-Jo and Anson
are fuelled with positivity that will see the team to victory.
Both Jessie and Anson aim to leave a lasting legacy for all
students, for that to happen, they believe everyone should give
everything a go to the best of their ability.
TAWHANA: Leader Taylur Steed feels it is important for
all students to have a go at everything both socially and
academically to broaden their skills inside and outside the
classroom. Taylur says, ‘competitively in 2015 as a house, we
did very well and with our leadership Stafford Ormsby and
I plan to carry that progress into 2016.’ Taylur knows, with
Stafford, they can instil some of their own integrity into the
heart of their Tawhana siblings to be the champions that they
know they can be.
WAHANUI: Like our tūpuna Wahanui, leader Sydney-
Jem Karaitiana believes her troops will be the quiet yet
accomplished achievers. With Joseph Bolger by her side,
loaded with extreme intelligence, Wahanui will be a force
not to be dismissed. We know there is loads of natural ability
within Wahanui coupled with new ideas and practices just like
our tūpuna Wahanui. We know that whatever we set out to
do, and it will be done with pride, it will benefit everyone at Te
Kūiti High School.
Julia Armstrong is currently
a Year 13 student. Her
programme of study at
Level 3 includes English,
Social Studies, Statistics,
Economics and Accounting.
Julia has been consistent
with her achievements
throughout her senior
school years and in 2015
was awarded the Jamieson
Cup for Top Student in
With the goal of
achieving an excellence
endorsement for NCEA
Level 2, Julia’s focus never wavered, her commitment to
higher learning paid dividends.
Outside of her studies in 2015, Julia became involved with
the school production, ‘Hairspray’. This involvement with
the performing arts provided a good balance for her, but in
no way compromised her achievements.
Julia plans to study commerce at university next year and
at this stage has no preference where this will take place.
In the meantime, her advice to her peers is to “always aim
high, set a goal and stay focussed, but more importantly,
have a time management plan and an interest outside of
Manaia Tuheke-Kingi is currently a
Year 12 student. Her programme
of study at NCEA Level 2 includes
English, Mathematics, Biology,
Chemistry, Economics and Sports
Leadership. She also intends to
continue her Te Reo Māori studies
through the modular programme.
2015 was Manaia’s first year at
senior school and her experience
at NCEA was initially daunting
for her. Receiving support from
all angles, Manaia’s self-belief
and confidence lifted, and this
combined with hard work resulted
in the B & J Kearins award for
top student in Year 11. When the final NCEA results were released
earlier this year, Manaia gained her Level 1 NCEA Certificate with
She has carved for herself an academic pathway and these fine
results have given Manaia an awareness that anything is possible if
you have a goal and remain focussed.
Outside her studies, Manaia intends to
continue with a range of sports.
With the help of family and her teachers,
she plans to maintain a programme
of study that will support her entry to
medical school at Otago University.
Te Kūiti High School
Te Kūiti High School • 07 878 6292 • Hospital Rd, Te Kuiti • Always prepared to meet challenges through participation, positivity and passion
I am proud of the student
participation, effort and
achievement of our Te Kūiti High
School students. The positive and affirming atmosphere in
the school is captured in the calibre of our senior students
with their commitment to their school shown through
their pride and sense of goodwill. Our school vision ‘always
prepared to meet challenges through participation,
positivity and passion’ shows through in the high level of
student engagement in the academic and co-curriculum
activities of the school. The culture that supports this, is
reinforced in the Positive Behaviour for Learning project.
To support student engagement the curriculum continues
to evolve and reflect the increased need for individualised
and pathway driven programmes for students. These
curriculum changes involve more subject integration,
differentiation and using contextualised (authentic
learning) environments. This curriculum change has
evolved out of our very successful Sport in Education
Our senior curriculum has now been broken into distinct
10 week modules which has increased student choice
considerably. The vision for curriculum change is for an
enriched learning programme which caters to the needs
and interests of individual students, enabling them to
reach their full potential and so equipping them to meet
the demands of positive citizenship.
Teachers aim to promote academic excellence and
work hard to enable students to reach their personal
best. Committed teachers are establishing positive
classroom climates where students are engaged. Staff
are contributing positively to the culture of student
achievement. This can be seen in the certificate excellence
endorsement at level 1, 2 and 3 by the students Morghan
Scrimgeour, Julia Armstrong and Manaia Tuheke-Kingi.
The continued progress of Maori student achievement
has been a feature of the school and this is reflected in the
89% of Level 2 students who gained NCEA Level 2 in 2015.
Currently Te Kūiti High School is involved in some quality
Ministry of Education projects. The Services Academy
is now in its sixth year and provides an alternative to
mainstream education. Our Primary Industries Academy
in its fourth year provides students wishing to go into
farming with a pathway into this sector. The Sports
Leaders option is developing relationships with our local
community in the recreational field. Our achievement,
retention and transition team has delivered well to our
senior students with 72% retention from Level 1 to Level
3. This has reflected in bigger numbers of year 13 students
staying on at school.
The school has been fortunate to be closely involved in
the Social Sector Trials that have greatly enhanced our
community connection and supported the health and
wellbeing of our youth.
Our most recent Education Review Office (ERO report) in
December 2015 provides a very positive view of the school
and this is now available for public review.
I feel privileged in continuing to lead Te Kūiti High School
and wish all those connected with our school community a
Back row: Anson Lim, Josh Hamilton, Joseph Bolger and Stafford Ormsby.
Front row: Jessie-Jo Ball, Juanita Ogle-Mikara, Sydney-Jem Karaitiana and Taylur Steed.
Sophie MacDonald and Tarshaye Ryder
My name is Sophie MacDonald
and I am the head girl of Te Kūiti
High School for 2016. I am very
honoured to be in this position.
Along with other school leaders
I aim to continue with positive
changes within our school this year.
I aim to create great relationships
with the Year 9s at the upcoming
camp and to continue with the
good work our team of leaders are
doing this year.
The subjects I am taking throughout
this year are Economics, English,
Social Studies, Statistics and a
university paper in philosophy. I am aiming for a course
endorsement at the end of the year. In 2017 I hope to
attend university and study a Bachelor of Arts, possibly
majoring in psychology.
Kia ora. Ko Pureora te maunga, Waimiha
te awa, Rereahu te marae, Maniapoto te
iwi. My name is Tarshaye Ryder and I am
the head boy of Te Kūiti High for 2016. As
head boy I strive to encourage younger
students to perform to the best of their
ability. To accomplish this I will model
the expectations that I also strive for. I
am active in all areas of the school. As a
member of the 1st XV rugby team this
year, not only will I be playing but also
assisting our coach.
My academic studies this year are
English, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology and
I believe it is important for all students to be active, make good
choices and enjoy their years at high school. As head boy for 2016, I
strive to exhibit these qualities.
Ma te huruhuru a te manu, ka rere ai
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