Year 8-9 Transition – Term 4 Update

Preparations for the transition between your current school and Pukekohe High School are well underway.

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Year 8 Orientation Day

On Monday and Tuesday 26-27 November, students from our contributing schools will be visiting Pukekohe High School for an orientation programme. The programme is included in this email, for you to refer to and discuss with your child on their return. During this orientation programme Year 8 students will meet members of their vertical form class for next year. This will provide an important connection at this stage of the year and some comfort in knowing some familiar faces in the first days of school in 2019.

Changes to Year 9 Curriculum

Our preparation for 2019 began some time ago as we reviewed our curriculum. One of the key developments which we are very excited about providing next year is an introductory course in Te Reo Maaori and culture for all Year 9 students. ‘Te Reo Maaori is a taonga recognised under the Treaty of Waitangi and an official language. All who learn Te Reo Maaori help to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language. By learning Te Reo and becoming increasingly familiar with tiikanga, Maaori students strengthen their identities, while both Maaori and non-Maaori alike develop shared cultural understandings and a greater understanding of practicable bi-culturalism.’ (New Zealand Curriculum, Ministry of Education, 2007). Furthermore, students who wish to take Te Reo Maaori and develop greater fluency throughout their secondary schooling will be able to study Te Reo for a full year in Year 9 in 2019. This option is being explored with students who have selected Te Reo Maaori on their enrolment card. If this is an option you would like to discuss with us, please call the main office.

Other changes for 2019 include some choices around the technology curriculum. Students will have received some information about Year 9 Technology this week, from their Year 8 teacher. This pamphlet is attached in this email for you to see just in case this pamphlet doesn’t come home. Students will get a taster of technology courses in Year 9 on their orientation day. They will need to select TWO of the three technologies to take in 2019.

School Uniform Information

The uniform shop will be open at the back of the school hall on Sat 1st Dec and 15 Dec between 10-12pm. Further details of special open hours are available on their website: https://bit.ly/2ziRlBi .

Stationery Lists

Stationery lists are available on our school website. Click here… The Year 9 list is attached in this email also for your easy reference. Should you wish to purchase a digital device for Year 9, local suppliers have the specifications for Pukekohe High School and provide follow-up support. We recommend Harvey Norman, Noel Leeming and PB Tech in the first instance.

Start of Year Details

The first day of school for Year 9s will be Wednesday 30 January 2019. Students will assemble in the front courtyard by 8:40am and we will hold our poowhiri. Students should come in their school uniform, with a pen and lunch. For the second day of school, Thursday 31 January 2019, students can expect to have timetabled lessons, so basic stationery and a digital device are recommended.

Please feel free to contact the school about any concerns you have about your child’s transition.

The Process for Enrolment 2019

Thank you for considering Pukekohe High School as a place of study for your student. We now offer parents and caregivers the option of paper enrolment for Year 8 students. The process for paper enrolment is outlined below.

  • Please complete all sections of the enrolment card in the prospectus, including health information, any learning support required and valid telephone numbers of at least THREE different adults, including caregivers or emergency contacts.
  • Original birth certificate with a copy for our files
  • Proof of residential address – within Pukekohe High School Zone (electricity or phone account)
  • Proof of residence in NZ – passports (students and parents), visa (students on a visa must bring supporting documentation)
  • Completed computer declaration form – both student and parent/caregiver signatures required

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DIGITAL USER POLICY for STUDENT
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Enrolments can only be processed with the documents listed above. Please bring these with you to complete enrolment. If you have photocopies the originals are required for verification.

A student living in zone, is confirmed as enrolled at Pukekohe High School only after the full completion and signing of the enrolment declaration, accompanied by all of the required documentation and validation at our school office.

Enrolment Zone

Pukekohe High School has a Ministry of Education approved enrolment scheme. Under this scheme, students will be enrolled if they live within the home zone. A copy of the zone is available from the school office or on PukekoheNET.

Out of Zone Enrolment

The Pukekohe High School Board of Trustees has determined that out of zone enrolments will be accepted from siblings of current students and that there will be no limit on the number of such enrolments.

R Barnett

Principal