Today was the Official Launch of the Hokonui Tertiary High School which is a joint venture between the six rural high schools; St Peter’s College, Gore High School, Menzies College, Blue Mountain College, Northern Southland College and Fiordland College. These programmes are offered to support students gain Level 2 NCEA through the Vocational Pathways.
This venture is to recognise the pathways to support the Government Priority of 85% of students gaining NCEA Level 2 by 2017. Students get to work in practical trade/work related areas such as Engineering, Construction, Service and Agriculture. The levels of engagement by students in these programmes are impressive and we are looking forward to seeing the outcomes in the next year or so. These programmes certainly compliment the Gateway and Star opportunities students still have.
Kate Leebody, from St Peter's College has been the driving force behind getting this through from an initial idea to the Vocational Pathway it is now with many students from the six schools being involved in the various career pathways offered.