Hero photograph
2018 Head Girl and Boy

Principal's Comment

Carolyn Pentecost —

Tēnā koutou katoa

It is only Week Four, yet so much has happened!

You will soon receive a mail-out containing a number of pamphlets that will inform you and your child/children about Katikati College. It will include information about our school expectations and opportunities, as well as highlighting the services the College offers your child and your family/ whānau. There is also a very detailed Community Newsletter with further information on our new staff, our school vision, values and strategic goals, our 2017 NCEA results, changes to Thursday mornings and much more.

It also includes reminders about our high expectations for student behaviour and uniform as well as an explanations about Community Service.

Celebrating Success

Our College continues its trend of achieving outstanding NCEA results and on Thursday, March 1 at 9:10am we will have a Full School Assembly in the Action Centre to acknowledge our students' achievement. All members of the community are welcome to join us in this celebration.

Our 2017 results are:

Level 1: 84.3%, Merit Endorsement 37.4%, Excellence Endorsement 17.8%

Level 2: 94.7%, Merit Endorsement 29.9%, Excellence Endorsement 15%

Level 3: 79.1%, Merit Endorsement 32.1%, Excellence Endorsement 18.9%

In addition our students were successful in gaining six NZQA Scholarship awards:

Scholarship English

Ben Douglas (Year 12)

Scholarship Drama

Cerys Blackshaw

Fergus Chinnery

Samantha Wahlers

Scholarship Geography

Lucy Douglas

Scholarship Biology

Lucy Douglas

Student Leaders

I met with our Student Leaders, including our Year 8 Leaders, for the first time on Monday February 12.   We will be meeting once a fortnight to share ideas and make plans together for our College in 2018. We encourage your child to communicate their ideas to our Student Leaders so they can bring them to our meetings and we can consider all student voice in our decision making. Alternatively, students can add their ideas or suggestions using the Suggestion Box on the College Website

We will be adding a section to our Website in the next few weeks to introduce our Student Leaders for 2018 to our community. 

Year 13 Camp

I attended Year 13 camp last week and had a wonderful time participating in activities such as kayaking and paintball with our Year 13 students. I was impressed with the inclusive nature of the students and their ‘have a go’ attitudes. I returned to school feeling confident the school will be led by a very mature and capable group of role models this year.

The camp also allowed us to identify and confirm our House Captains for 2018 and I would like to congratulate these students on being successful:

  • Gledstanes: Jack Davison and Tessa Bradley

  • Macmillan: Ayrton Yarrell and Ashley Shanley

  • Mulgan: Sian Donaldson and Patrick Vallely

  • Stewart: Tanner Hayes and Libby Drake

With school Swimming Sports this week and Athletics Day on Wednesday, February 28, our House Captains have their first opportunity to lead their houses to victory. I wish them all the very best in their new roles.

Please see the bottom of this article for some photographs of Year 13 camp.

Play Your Part Day

On Tuesday, February, 13th students were informed of the many extracurricular activities and sports available to them as Katikati College students. Thank you to Juliet Dunlop-Fraser, our fabulous Sports Co-ordinator, for putting this event together to exposay the opportunities our students have to get involved. I strongly encourage students to sign up to at least one extracurricular activity so that they can experience being part of a team and benefit from being involved in something that is not just academic in focus. For more information contact Juliet at jdunlop@katikaticollege.school.nz.

Mufti Day for Tonga

On Tuesday February 20 the school held a mufti day to raise money to support the recovery in Tonga from the devastating effects of Cyclone Gita. This included having a sausage sizzle at lunchtime. The college raised a total of $1917.00! We would like to acknowledge the support from Countdown Supermarket, Katikati for donating the bread and serviettes for the sausage sizzle and Watties for the tomato sauce. Mr Finnimore agreed to shave off half of his beard if a substantial sum was raised. See the picture below of his new look!

Shave for a Cure

On Friday April 13 our Head Boy Cameron Hankins and ex-student Hamish Lorney will shave their heads at lunchtime in the Action Centre. You can support Hamish and Cam’s head shave by making a donation on the Shave Website. I have agreed to join them and shave my head if they can raise over $6000. I encourage you to get in behind them and donate to this worthy cause. Cancer is a disease that has and will affect many members of our community.

And the year begins…..

The beginning of the year can be a very expensive time for families and we want you to know that we understand this and that there is help available for students and their families/ whānau if required. Please contact your child’s Dean or our Deputy Principal Vanessa Moodie at vmoodie@katikaticollege.school.nz if you need support with uniform, stationery or course fees. We wish to eliminate every possible barrier that may prevent your child from being successful in 2018.

Round Lake Taupō Relay

A number of Katikati College staff participated last weekend in the Round Lake Taupō Relay. It was a great team building opportunity and although the conditions were very challenging a great time was had by all. The staff completed the 155 km challenge in just over 14 hours.

Lastly, I would like to acknowledge all the work our staff do to prepare the College for another year. We are all excited about what the future will bring and grateful you have entrusted your child’s education to us. We will work hard to ensure we provide the best for them, and get the best out of them.

Ngā mihi nui

Carolyn Pentecost


Katikati College Vision: 

An innovative learning community to maximise people potential

Our 2018 Theme is Manaakitanga