Sir Graham Henry Scholarship
SIR GRAHAM HENRY SCHOLARSHIP
WE INVITE APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 CLOSE 29 JULY 2016
Established in recognition of the outstanding achievements of the former Deputy Principal and Principal of Kelston Boys High School, this Scholarship will be awarded to young men who can benefit from the unique opportunities offered by the school. We are looking for applicants currently in Year 8 and resident in the Auckland region, who are potential role models and exceptional students in the following areas:
- Performing arts
- Leadership - Special Leadership Awards (These are suitable for current Head Boys of Intermediates or similar positions and are for a 5 year period)
School equals achievement
Western Leader, April 26 2016. Story & Photo: ROSE REES-OWEN
Kelston Boys High School student engagement officer Janice Collins Is introducing an Attendance Awareness Week. She is pictured with Jacob Kim, 17, left, Ayush Kumar, 14, Shemaiah Mose, 14, Nathan Hastings, 13, and Kennedy Limpus, 14, who all have a 100 percent attendance rate so far this year.
Attend today, achieve tomorrow is the message at Kelston Boys High School.
Posters and flyers with inspiring slogans fill the corridors of the school gearing up for an Attendance Awareness Week starting on May 23.
Student engagement officer Janice Collins says, to her knowledge, it is the first in the country and her long term goal is to replicate it in schools nationwide.
“It’s about celebrating what’s working well in our school already,” Collins says.
The school has achieved a 94 percent attendance rate so far this year but she says there is always room for improvement and she wants to bring that figure up to 100 percent.
Forty-eight boys have 100 percent attendance so far this year.
“There is a connection between attendance and achievement - if a student isn’t at school then they are going to miss out and catching up can be stressful.”
She says vital things can be missed if the child is absent even if it’s just one day.
Collins says there is more than one reason why a student is not attending and it doesn’t just come down to illness.
Time off school could be for a variety of reasons including looking after a younger sibling whilethe parents work or the embarrassment of sending a child to school without food.
Part of her job is home visits where she tries to address some of the underlying issues facing a family.
She wants to raise awareness about the importance of attendance, spreading the message notonly to the students but to parents as well.
“It’s about educating our parents that it’s for their kid’s future.
“Enabling their child to stay home is not going to help in the long run.”
Students who achieve 100 percent attendance during the weekwill get a certificate of resilience plus a prize. Spot prizes will be handed out to the first boy to walk into class as well as prizes for punctuality.
A video produced by students will show the impact of not attending school and it will be put on the website and Facebook page and shown at assembly.
Breaking negative stereotypes
Western Leader, April 26 2016
Kelston Boys High School head boy Levi Farrell, 17, is a Maori student challenging NCEA stereotypes. Photo by: Ciara Pratt
Levi Farrell knows the stereotypes he faces, which is why he’s enjoying turning them on their head.
The head boy at Kelston Boys’ High School is one of the examples of young Maori boys achieving highly in NCEA.
Statistics released show the decile three school is helping Pasifika and Maori students achieve well beyond expectations.
In 2015, the school’s Level 2 pass rate for Pasifika students was 90 per cent – the national average for Pasifika boys was 74 per cent.
Achievement rates for Maori students at Level 2 were also up with 83 per cent passing despite a national average of 71 per cent.
Farrell says as a year nine student in mainstream classes he knew what public perception was.
‘‘I thought I needed to make a change. I wanted to break the stereotype of Maori underachievement,’’ he says.
Farrell, 17, achieved Level 2 endorsed with merit, just eight credits off an excellence endorsement.
‘‘It’s the moral support of teachers, homework classes after school and whenever you need help, teachers will give up their time to be there. It’s a really family-based school.’’
The culture among students is also changing, he says. It’s ‘‘cool’’ to do well at school.
‘‘Whereas talk used to be about what sport you played or watched that weekend, you come to school and everyone’s asking ‘have you got your assessment done?’ or ‘what mark did you get?’’’ Principal Brian Evans says the results keep getting better because of the school’s commitment to recognising cultural diversity and boosting engagement among students and parents.
‘‘It’s about making sure the different groups of boys feel really proud of themselves.
‘‘Historically the pakeha kids at our school have achieved at really high levels and that continues,’’ Evans says.
‘‘We talk about success and achievement every week. Success breeds success and we leverage it off our strong sporting and performing arts pedigree.’’
Setting up a home room for Maori students has also tackled the issue of retention, he says – with a 35 per cent increase in Maori students staying at school.
Evans says the school’s next challenge is to boost UE rates and excellence endorsements.
I would just like to congratulate your school, and in particular 2 of your boys Te Maia Palo and Tremayne Puckey. These boys were at Eric Price Park in Milford on Saturday at Waka Trials, when I turned up to put a "Pou" in the Park to honour my Daughters birth . These 2 boys immediately asked if they could help, and carried the Pou and dug the hole for me, and helped place it in the ground .I commend them for the way they assisted and respected the procedure, I also commend the school for helping produce excellent citizens, I wish them well in the World Waka tournament next week in Australia. Yours sincerely John Greenwood
Memorial to the fallen
Western Leader, April 26 2016
Kelston Boys' High School marked Anzac Day with a spine-tingling memorial to the fallen. Guests included the New Zealand Defence Force Youth Development Unit from Whenuapai, former students who are serving and the school's own Youth Services Academy.
Bugler Air Force corporal Sini Latu plays The Last Post
Kelston Boys' High School mark Anzac Day with its own field of remembrance
Principal Brian Evans addresses the crowd
Students from the Kelston Boys' High School Youth Services Academy pay their respects