The suburb of Kelston is essentially a residential area with a small pocket of light industrial and retailing businesses. By far, the biggest impact in the community, is the seven schools (some 5000 students are educated daily in the area) of which Kelston Boys High School is the largest.
The School takes this responsibility of being a leading influence in the community seriously. This involvement in the community takes a number of forms:
The School’s facilities are used extensively by the community:
- The community uses the high quality sporting facilities which includes two gymnasiums, a weight training room, indoor and outdoor practice cricket wickets, an all weather multi purpose astro turf and extensive playing fields
- The 650 seated maximum capacity Jubilee Auditorium which has a wide variety of uses including performing arts and meeting facilities for such events as church services and also includes extensive use by the other local contributing schools
- The School has a number of partnerships with local sports clubs who use the facilities extensively. These partnerships include cricket, hockey, football, basketball, touch, rugby and wrestling joint ventures
The School has a well developed and strong “big brother, little brother” culture which is extended into the contact KBHS young men have with pupils from the local contributing schools. This contact takes a variety of forms from coaching and refereeing sports and cultural teams to general behaviour and academic mentoring.
COMMUNITIES OF SCHOOLS
Communities of Schools are groups of schools and kura that will come together to raise achievement for children and young people by:
- sharing expertise in teaching and learning
- supporting each other
- forming around students’ usual pathway from primary to secondary
Collaboration around students
- every student will have the chance to benefit from their school and their teachers being part of a Community
- teachers working together will share best practice throughout schools
- schools will work together to plan and manage the transition from primary through intermediate and secondary, ensuring curriculum alignment and making the move from one to another easier for students
- Communities will provide more opportunities for parents, families and whānau to be involved with their schools and kura.
Sharing best practice across schools
- some of our most skilled teachers and principals will share their expertise and ideas with their colleagues
- schools will be resourced to support teachers and principals to collaborate
- sharing information across a Community of Schools will help ensure action and resources are targeted where they are most needed
- schools will learn from each other how best to raise the quality of teaching and learning.
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