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Target Areas :AIM – To raise levels of student achievement at Opunake High School

1. To promote effective teaching by developing teachers skills in the use of:-

      • Literacy skills
      • Thinking skills
      • Co-operative learning strategies
      • I.C.T. in learning and teaching
      • Effective teaching strategies to lift the achievement of Máori students.

2. To improve the levels of attendance of all students in all classes all year.

3. To establish and use achievement tracking strategies to give constant learning feedback to students.


Explicit information will be developed for these goals in due course.

    • An Effective Teaching Strategies Group will meet to define explicit strategies and expectations for Goal (1).
    • N Ngarewa , J Smith, and M Weir will produce information relating to Goal (2).
    • N Ngarewa, M Potter & Deans will refine tracking systems and introduce these to Faculty Leaders in due course.

Individual Development Plans (I.D.P.s)

Education is a partnership between the school, the students and the parents / caregivers. When all three parts of the triangle work together, success is inevitable. I.D.P. for every student are a unique feature of Opunake High School and the basis on which this triangle is built.



    • I.D.P.s are action-based written plans which are part of the process of meeting each student's individual needs.
    • The I.D.P. is formed by the student, the parents / caregiver/s and the tutor when the individual plan is written during the I.D.P. meeting.
    • The foundation interview in the I.D.P. process takes place at enrolment and it is important for all “corners of the triangle” to participate fully at that time.
    • The I.D.P. sets out what the student needs to do to improve learning, records his or her interests and goals and focuses on any changes the school could make to help the student's success at high school.
    • It provides a basis of communication between the student and those people who will help appropriate action take place.
    • It is reviewed twice each year during the student's time at school to ensure that it is an up-to-date working document.

Middle School Certificate (M.S.C.)

 The Middle School certificate has been implemented to motivate and encourage students to take responsibility for their studies and actions through appraisal, feedback, catch up classes and end of year awards.

Academic Credits

The students have the potential to attain 16 Academic Credits at the level of Excellence, Merit or Achieved for each year course and 8 credits in each semester course.

Middle School Certificate Awards

The M.S.C. will be awarded at the End of Year Junior Prizegiving Ceremony. Students will be awarded an M.S.C. at one of the following three levels.

Achieved, Merit, Excellence

Essential Skills Credits

The students will also have the opportunity to collect up to 32 Essential Skill Credits in each year long subject, and 16 in each Semester course. The eight Essential Skills are as follows:

Attendance, Punctuality, Homework, Cooperation, Communication and Equipment