New Wakatipu High School arts co-ordinator Emma Tyler.
The appointment of three new members of staff at Wakatipu
High School has been made possible with the help of funding
from the Wakatipu High School Foundation.
The foundation, formed in October to promote excellence, will
give $65,000 to the school to help fund a full-time sports
co-ordinator, a part-time arts co-ordinator and an e-learning
Foundation chairman Mark Taylor said the first funding
announcement recognised the school needed immediate and
annual funding, but the foundation also wanted to establish
an endowment fund to provide for perpetual income.
School principal Steve Hall, also an advisory trustee, said
the foundation had set about establishing staffing positions
which would deliver positive outcomes to pupils.
''This community values sport highly and a sports council has
been formed at the school comprised of members of staff, the
community and the board to support the delivery of
high-quality sport and lift participation,'' Mr Hall said.
''With the foundation helping fund the role of a full-time
sports co-ordinator, we'll be able to deliver a more
structured programme, which is fantastic news.
New Wakatipu High School sports co-ordinator Hayley Ward
(left) and e-learning co-ordinator Peggy Fitzgerald.
''The arts is also very important and equally valued, so
funding a part-time role means we'll be able to promote and
deliver more opportunities around music, the arts, performing
arts and drama.
''Our ultimate aim is to have all students involved in some
form of sports and arts which fits with our strategic goals
of what the community wants and what the kids are interested
Mr Hall said e-learning was ''massive'' in education and the
way of the future.
''Students have access to information and knowledge 24/7
these days and this has the potential to completely change
education in the classroom and when and how kids learn.
''Our primary role is to have a pathway and a strategy in
place to harness these opportunities.''
More than three-quarters of senior pupils brought their own
devices to class, he said.