ROTORUA LAKES HIGH SCHOOL
                                   PRINCIPAL’S ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2005

It is with pleasure I present my tenth annual report to the school community of Rotorua Lakes High
School. Each year we enjoy celebrating our successes for the year and the 2005 year is no
different in terms of the successes we have had.

The roll at March 1 2005 was 666(724), a decrease of 58 students from 2004. This roll was made up of:

Year       Total            Male         Female          Spec. Needs   Alt. Ed   Adults   FPFS
9          144(157)         71(77)       73(80)              0(2)        0(0)      0(0)     1(0)
10         165(152)         86(74)       79(78)              2(0)        2(0)      0(0)    1(12)
11         140(160)         69(86)       71(74)              0(0)        0(0)      0(0)    10(8)
12         111(140)         62(67)       49(73)              0(0)        0(0)      0(0)    6(18)
13         105(115)         50(60)       56(55)              1(1)        0(0)      1(0)    12(12)
totals     666(724)         338(364)     328(360)            3(3)        2(0)      1(0)    30(50)

The roll has dropped in 2005 with a reduction of 58 students from 2004. 20 of these students are
a result of the reduction in fee paying students. The other 38 saw reductions at the senior classes.
A key reason for this reduction is a result of the very buoyant employment market during 2005.

Student Achievement
These results are directly from the NZQA site for Achievement Standards and does not include
results for unit standards. Also, “not achieved” has not been reported by NZQA this year.
Consequently, these tables provide relative percentages for all of the students who have achieved
the standard. In reading these tables, best performance is when excellence is a relative high
percentage and achievement a relative low percentage as compared with the corresponding
National percentages.

Level 3
                           No. of Results
                                                   Achieved %              Merit %         Excellence %
    Learning               Gaining Credit
                   School          National    School National School National School National
TOTAL                      803     143,107        57.8      56.6       26.7      29.6     15.6      13.9
Language &
                           240       29,673       52.1      55.7       37.5      30.0     10.4      14.3
     English               213       25,557       55.4      58.8       37.6      29.5      7.0      11.7
     Te Reo                  4          386       50.0      54.7       25.0      22.5     25.0      22.8
                           23          3,730      21.7      34.7       39.1      33.7     39.1      31.6
Mathematics                209       35,836       63.2      54.7       21.1      32.1     15.8      13.2
Science                    127       29,558       57.5      60.1       19.7      25.6     22.8      14.3
Technology                 27          3,491      40.7      57.3       33.3      29.6     25.9      13.0
                           91        24,605       63.7      57.9       18.7      29.4     17.6      12.7
The Arts                   74        11,671       52.7      50.2       28.4      31.8     18.9      18.0
Health and
Physical                   35          8,273      74.3      59.4       22.9      28.7      2.9      12.0

Level 2
                No. of Results
 Learning                           Achieved %       Merit %       Excellence %
                Gaining Credit
              School   National   School National School National School National
TOTAL         1,040    245,241    67.0     58.8    23.5    28.6    9.5     12.6
Language &
                280     61,532    67.9     62.7    24.6    27.0    7.5     10.3
   English      250     55,325    70.4     65.0    22.4    26.3    7.2     8.7
   Te Reo        10        922    50.0     49.8    30.0    31.3    20.0    18.9
                 20      5,285    45.0     40.8    50.0    33.5    5.0     25.7
Mathematics     205     51,123    81.5     63.1    15.6    26.9    2.9     10.0
Science         298     55,847    64.8     56.8    23.5    27.9    11.7    15.4
Technology       84     10,006    66.7     60.8    25.0    27.9    8.3     11.3
                 76     28,491    67.1     54.0    26.3    32.7    6.6     13.4
The Arts         33     18,445    30.3     49.2    33.3    32.7    36.4    18.1
Health and
Physical         64     19,797    46.9     56.7    32.8    30.7    20.3    12.6
                  0          0     0.0     0.0     0.0     0.0     0.0     0.0

Level 1
                No. of Results
 Learning                           Achieved %       Merit %       Excellence %
                Gaining Credit
              School   National   School National School National School National
TOTAL         2,239    438,304    56.7     60.6    32.0    28.9    11.3    10.6
Language &
                604    107,018    60.1     63.0    32.5    27.4    7.5     9.7
   English      447     94,196    66.2     66.0    30.2    26.5    3.6     7.5
   Te Reo        37      1,920    45.9     47.6    45.9    30.3    8.1     22.1
                120     10,902    41.7     39.5    36.7    34.5    21.7    26.0
Mathematics     443    100,506    55.5     61.5    31.2    27.8    13.3    10.7
Science         377     64,109    48.8     65.0    39.8    26.5    11.4    8.5
Technology      223     42,476    60.1     58.5    30.5    29.6    9.4     11.9
                170     51,720    57.6     55.5    28.2    32.9    14.1    11.6
The Arts        123     28,381    45.5     54.3    24.4    30.3    30.1    15.3
Health and
Physical        299     44,094    63.2     58.1    29.1    31.9    7.7     10.0
                  0          0     0.0     0.0     0.0     0.0     0.0     0.0

The above results demonstrate overall our students who achieved the standard(s) are
performing at a level very similar to students at national levels.
The following tables reflect the number of students achieving NCEA Level 1, 2 & 3 and the
Year level they were at school when this was achieved.

Achievement of NCEA Level 1

         Description               Total Candidates                 Yr 11        Yr 12       Yr 13
Female                                                    36            31               3           2
Male                                                      33            24               7           2
NZ European                                               50            43               6           1
NZ Māori                                                  13            10               2           1
Pasifika Peoples                                           0                0            0           0
Asian                                                      5                1            2           2
Other/Unspecified                                          1                0            1           0

Achievement of NCEA Level 2
         Description             Total Candidates        Yr 12        Yr 13
Female                                            26           22                4
Male                                              36           22               14
NZ European                                       44           34               10
NZ Māori                                          10            4                6
Pasifika Peoples                                     1          1                0
Asian                                             16            4                2
Other                                                1          1                0

These first 2 tables demonstrate the gaining of a Level 1 or 2 qualification is not a 1 year course
for a number of students. This is a strong indicator students are able to work at their own pace to
achieve an award.
Achievement of NCEA Level 3
         Description             Total Candidates        Yr 13
Female                                            21           21
Male                                              12           12
NZ European                                       23           23
NZ Māori                                             3          3
Pasifika Peoples                                     0          0
Asian                                                7          7
Other                                                0          0

This third table indicates the achievement of a Level 3 award is most likely to occur at Yr 13 and
will be achieved by those students who have gained Level 1 at Yr 11& Level 2 at Yr 12.

Additional to this were:
NZ Scholarship Exams
5 scholarship results Elizabeth Travis (Statistics and Modelling, Chemistry, Biology), Anthony
Acres (English, Geography), Robert Hoare (English), Angela Perks (Geography), Leon Yoshioka

Elizabeth’s results were outstanding and she was the recipient of an NZQA scholarship award
worth $2000 for 3 years of tertiary education. The other students received $500 per scholarship
for one year.

University Entrance
36 students gained UE - this represented 38.3%of our year 13 students. Nationally 41.3% of
Year 13 students gained UE. If this national result is adjusted to reflect our Year 13 retention the
National % drops to 35%.

School Academic Awards
Dux:              Elizabeth Travis
Proxime Accessit Katie Clark
Year 12           Thomas Faulkner
Year 11           Jesse Wood
Year 10           Kathryn Travis
Year 9            Kyle Hooker

Literacy improvement
The improvement in literacy levels of students involved in the school’s literacy programme at
Years 9 & 10 have been encouraging. The full detail of the improvement shown by students is
outlined in the report on achievement targets. Thanks goes to Mrs McLeod for leading the
programme assisted by Mrs Daniels. Special thanks goes to the community helpers who give of
their time to come in to school to work with individual students.

Numeracy Project
A similar programme to the literacy programme has been running for numeracy. Groups of
students have worked with Mrs Kelly to improve their basic skills in mumeracy. Once again there
has been a significant gain in confidence and ability by students involved in the programme. The
programme has had excellent support via Ngati Whakaue Endowment Trust who donated $15,000
towards the programme. There has also been Ministry of Education assistance via some staffing.

Gateway Programme
This was the first year of our school’s involvement in this programme. The school received 40
placements that provided funding to place 40 students at Years 12 and 13 in workplaces of their
interest. Students worked towards gaining credits linked to the industry/business they were
experiencing. Thanks to Mr Nielsen who has set the programme up and developed the
relationships with the workplaces that have allowed our students to be involved in.

Education Outside the Classroom
Camps are held to provide new opportunities for students outside of the classroom.
Year 13 camp was held at Ohope in February focussing on Leadership and goal setting – 3 nights
Year 12 camp was held at Okataina in November focussing on Peer Support – 2 nights
Year 10 camp was held at Okataina Education Centre in May, curriculum based - 2 nights
Year 9 EOTC day at Lake Okareka in March focussing on socialisation and team building – 1 day

Student Area

At Year 13 I wish to pay tribute to Heta Gardiner and Elizabeth Travis as the Head Prefects. They
were excellent to work with and led the student body well. Jeffrey Dowthwaite and Holly Page as
Deputies also supported Heta and Elizabeth extremely well.

Our Rotorua Young Achievers for 2005 were, Heta Gardiner (Leadership, Kaiarahil), Elizabeth
Travis(Leadership, Academic, Rowing), Katie Clark (Academic) Clinton Avery(Mountain biking and
Road Cycling), Bonny-Iris MacDonald(Visual Arts), Holly Page(Leadership, School Involvement

and Community Service) and Jackie Shin(Golf).       Our Daily Post recipients of the Youth in
Excellence award were Elizabeth Travis, Heta Gardiner and Tessa Stevenson

Hariata Ngatai, the student representative on the Board of Trustees and Holly Page and Laura
Fishcer as co-Chair of the School Council, made an invaluable contribution in representing the
student body. Congratulations to Hariata Ngatai who has been re-elected to as student
representative on the BOT as from October 2005.

The rest of the Prefects, House Prefects and School Council members, also made a valuable
contribution, Of particular note were the number of prefects who turned out for the ANZAC

There were also been many students involved in Stage Challenge, Sports and cultural areas of
Drama, Music speech making and debating, who have gained significantly from their involvement.

Of particular note would be:
    1 gold medal U16 Girls quad, 1 silver medal U18 Girls double, and 1 bronze medal U17
        Girls coxed quad at Maadi Cup at Karapiro. Laura Fischer was involved in every one of
        these crews.
    Jackie Shin – golf for her continued success at regional and national levels
    Annabel Shaw NZ rep in U15 Waterpolo team
    Clinton Avery – selection for the NZ U19 Mountain Biking and Road Cycling Teams to
        attend the World events in France and Italy respectively for the second year in a row
    Winning of the National Boys Mountainbike relay for the 3rd year in a row
    The 120 students who participate in Stage Challenge each year. Our production is solely
        student driven demonstrating the ability of those involved with its organisation how they can
        work as a team.
    Success of school’s girls softball team as best team in BOP
    Netball teams winning of their section at national tournament

The diversity of the success that students have had is enormous and shows the opportunities that
staff provide for students to achieve at the highest level.

In 2005 62 (40) students were stood down for periods of 1 to 5 days. The 3 predominant areas
being involvement in drugs (including alcohol), verbal abuse of staff and physical assaults on other
students. The significant increase over 2004 standdowns was as a result of alcohol at the Year 10
camp where 16 students were involved in this incident.

There were 20 (7) suspensions, the predominant behaviour causing suspension were serious
assaults, drugs and continual disobedience.

Of the 20 suspended students, 0 were expelled (over 16 years) and 5 were excluded (under 16).
All other students were returned to school under a behaviour contract.

The school continues to implement strategies in an effort to reduce the suspension and standdown

Staff Changes
At the start of 2005 the following new staff were welcomed:
Ms Jo Chemis HOD Social Sciences, Mrs Marie Wilmshurst HOD Accounting/Ecpnomics, Mrs
Linda Shelford Gateway assistant, Ms Lisa McFarlane Sports Asistant.
The following staff returned from leave
Ms Jo Sturme Ms Terri Fetting

Staff leaving during the year: Ms Lisa Austin (PE) left end of term 1, Mrs Wilmshurst (Acc/Eco)
and Ms Terri Fetting (Science) left end of term 2.

Staff on leave during the year:
Mr John Ellis(Principal) (sabbatical leave) term 3
Ms Jo Chemis (maternity leave) term 4

Staff arriving during the year:
Term 2 Ms Kirsty Trevor (PE)
Term 3 Mrs Tineka Hosking (1 term relief), Mr Stuart Bathan (Acc/Eco), Ms Kendall Clifton (2
terms relief Science)
Term 4 Mr Brian Old (1 term relief History Social Studies)

Staff leaving at the end of the year:
Mr Neil McKain (Geography), Mr Alistair Luke ( English and Drama), Ms Rachel Tunley (Science
and Health), Mrs Gayl Gaukrodger (ESOL tutor)


Laptop Scheme
The Board has continued to support the staff in as part of the Laptop for Secondary Teachers
Programme 45 of our staff now have their own leased laptop to assist them in with
administration, management and to develop new programmes of learning for students using IT.
The cost of being part of the programme is $15,000 a year to the Board.

Staff are at widely differing levels of competency with their laptops but all making progress towards
improving these.

Communication with parents occurred through 39 school newsletters, 10 Friends of the School
meetings, 2 whanau support huis, 1 new parent evening (March), 3 report evenings( 2 inJune and
1 in October), 2 evenings for prospective parents (August), 1 sports prizegiving (October), 2
academic and cultural prizegivings (November & December), 1 Year 13 Graduation
dinner(December), 2 NCEA information evening (March & July), 1 careers and option selection
evening (September).

Parents receive 2 formal written reports. Parents are also written to 4 times during the year if their
child is either performing above expectations or performing below expectation.

House Group Tutors, Heads of House, Guidance Counsellor, Classroom Teachers, Deans and
Senior Management are in regular contact with families on an ad hoc basis as the need arises.

2005 has seen C Block have most of the classrooms upgraded through the school’s cyclical
maintenance programme.

All other work was of a maintenance nature.

Thanks goes to Mr Hall and Mrs Painter, my two deputies, for the enormous amount of time and
energy they both put in. Whether it be in the day to day running, meetings or sports involvement,
they are always there to carry out what is necessary.

Thanks to the teaching staff. I am always impressed by their commitment to provide the very best
for our students. The many extra hours given for tuition outside of classes is testimony to staff
wanting to see our students succeed. .

Thanks to the support staff for always being prepared to go that extra mile to ensure that our
students needs are met. Support staff do it willingly and often well beyond the hours they are
paid for and beyond the scope of their job descriptions.

To the Board members, I thank you for your support and in particular the expertise you bring to the
role. To Mr Faulkner, thank you for the significant contribution you have made in your year as
Board Chair.

Thanks goes to Mr Oliver and Mrs Whitewood who have resigned as of the end of the year. Their
contribution has been invaluable and I wish them well for the future. An election will need to be
held in the new year to replace them.

To the rest of the Board members, I thank you all on behalf of our community for the commitment
in time you give to our school and to me. It is very much appreciated.

The FOTS, make a tremendous contribution to the school in supporting our students. The
Whanau support group had a much lower profile this year and will need to be re-invigorated in

Thanks goes to the FOTs for their strong support in raising money to assist in purchasing
additional resources for the school. In particular, the annual National Mountain bike relay held in
October was highly successful.

2005 was another year in which good progress was made in the areas of student learning, staff
development and property. Each of these areas contribute significantly towards whole school

2006 offers similar challenges as was had for 2005.
 Of key importance to this school are the continuing challenges:
 Continuation of the upgrading of the school’s property.
 Continuation of the focus on raising of student achievement.
 Providing quality professional development to staff to assist with the goal of improving student
 Reviewing programmes and ensuring these best meet the students’ needs.
 Maximising the use of IT to assist with the learning of students and move towards being seen
     as the school using technology to its full potential.
 Moving to develop partnerships where education outside the classroom provides context and
     meaning to students.
 Ensuring that our school is seen as the school of choice by all new prospective enrolees –
     particularly in our Eastern suburbs community.

Once again I thank all of those people I have worked closely with.

I look forward to strong progress being made in the coming years.

No reira, Tena koutou. Tena koutou Tena koutou katoa.

John Ellis

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