Tauhara College recognises that many students have the potential to
be high achievers in fields as diverse as: academic subjects,
languages, practical skills, or sporting, artistic, musical,
cultural and outdoor activities.
We want to foster student success and nurture
development.To see that our high achievers in a range of fields
achieve to their potential and are supported in the areas where
their talents can shine.
We started this co-ordinated programme for participating
Year 9 students in 2009 and supported their progress. We bring in
new groups each intake. Currently we are already able to get to
know our students well through smaller class
We want to nurture the whole person, the body and the mind
and to establish a solid base for high participation and success.
We want to identify a group of students who will be future high
achievers and leaders in whatever field they pursue.
Tauhara runs musicals and instrument tuition, language
exchanges, has performance drama and cultural groups, dance,
multi-sports,sports, ski/snowboard opportunities etc - areas in
which students can find opportunities to shine.
We have developed a junior leadership programme which
students opt into. These students take on a range of activities,
both within and outside of the College.
The College has language and cultural exchanges with Japan,
New Caledonia and Singapore.
Tauhara is looking to foster our high achievers, laying a
base for their future success.
The participants in the Aspiring Achievers’ Programme
are identified by testing and parental and contributing school
comment. We will support them in the following ways
- We will nurture the body by running fitness clinics for the
students two mornings a week (students should attend one).
This will focus on a healthy body leading to a healthy mind. The
activities will target individuals’ strengths and
- High achievers in sport or other related fields will be
guided to areas where they can develop their
- All students in the programme are expected to be part of a
school sports team or involved in events.
- We will nurture the mind by running extension classes two
afternoons a week (students should attend one) for students to
access specialist teachers and a programme based on developing the
creative and cognitive abilities of the mind.
- Students can also access the Gifted and Talented Programme
we run for a group of students each week. This has a specified
programme and a group of teachers and outside providers who
dedicate their time to it.
Students learn about themselves and their innate abilities,
through specially designed extension projects. The work in this
programme enhances knowledge areas needed for their core subject
areas, as well as stimulating our high achievers.
Commitment to the
Participation is voluntary. Students and their family must
decide whether it is the right option for them. Students who choose
to participate are expected to make a strong personal commitment to
it, as well as to the College goals around attendance, achievement
They will participate in various events such as athletics
and swimming sports, speech competitions, cross country, camps,
Science Fair and competitions such as the ICAS Maths/Science
Students should commit to attending fitness and after
school activities each week. These may be averaged out over
the year if necessary. It may be possible that involvement in
another high commitment sporting or cultural activity can
substitute for the fitness session by negotiation with the
A contract for the provision of these services will exist
between the students, the family and the school.
Through high participation and commitment we will grow
skills and potential in our students, including that of
Tauhara Awards... these activities link
through to the Bronze Award which can be accessed at Years 9 and
Zealanders Awards... these are run in the school by Mrs
Junior Leadership Programme... this programme is designed to identify, support and
develop juniors with leadership potential and is led by the
Deputy Principal, Mr Kirkwood.
Taupo Youth Awards... these awards are sponsored by the District Council. The
College has consistently won major categories in this, including
the Overall Achiever Award in recent years.
Staff involved with the programme for
liaison/co-ordination/teaching are: The Year 9 and 10 Deans, Mr
Kirkwood, Mr Astwood, Mr Gibbs, Mr Prestidge, Mrs Bromley and other
interested staff. Other staff expertise will be used wherever
possible and appropriate.
Membership of this programme will carry responsibilities
and privileges. Students will attend an annual presentation evening
to recognise achievement though certificates and awards for those
students who have performed well in a particular
Individual mentoring and monitoring of performance will
occur as part of this programme. An individual career plan for each
student will be established and then reviewed annually. Students
will keep a "log of participation and achievement", along with a
"commitment sheet" to monitor the compulsory attendance at one of
the fitness and extension opportunities offered weekly. Students
who are part of the gifted and talented programme will have to make
up work missed through any class absence.
How to Join
An Expression of Interest can be downloaded with the
programme brochure. A form is included in this. See 'Enrolments' on
this website. Please complete this and attach it to the front of
your enrolment forms. Alternatively email the College at
firstname.lastname@example.org and type Aspiring Achievers' Programme in
the subject line. It will be forwarded to the Programme