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By GILL ALCOCK Small yet diverse, we paint our legacy with the true colours of our island.'' This is the mission state- ment from the new prefects at Waiheke High School led by head boy Ryan Walton and head girl Salila Eyles. The true colours are trust, loyalty, respect, integrity and commitment, explained the pair after their new roles were announced. Ryan and Salila revealed the lengthy process the new prefects had gone through to create their mission state- ment while on the AUT- facilitated Prefects Training Programme at the start of the term. Instead of the usual 20 minutes, it had taken them an hour and a half, but it was worth it''. It was while on the three- day course that those prefects who wanted to stand for head boy and girl had the oppor- tunity to show their true colours. Ryan says it was on the city chase across Auckland that he knew he had to step up and show the leadership skills he had picked up from playing league with The Rams. I have a big sporting back- ground and being in a team environment I have learnt to work as a team and become a leader,'' he says. While at prefect camp I was showing my leadership skills and giving the others lots of encouragement.'' Salila says she will be lead- ing by example using her high academic achievement rate and involvement with sport --- especially netball. I'm a netball fanatic,'' she says. The new team will be encouraging everyone to get involved with upcoming events such as the beach sports day and athletics day. On an individual basis, Ryan says he is keen to make the most of his Maori heri- tage and push for more involvement in the Matariki celebrations and Haka com- petition started by last year's prefects. Salila says she will be ensuring the new school intake of Year 7s get to feel part of the school and will be pushing for more success in the field of arts. We want to leave a strong legacy and have our names remembered as a great year of leaders,'' the pair says. It's going to be a challenge but we think we're up to it.'' High-tech development: Waiheke High School deputy principal Bede Roughton says the Ultranet software will allow parents to follow their children progresses at a glance and will be fun to use for parents and students. Ultranet ultra informative By JEROME GAVELLE A new online service launched today means parents can get live time information on their kids' education at a glance. Waiheke High School's Ultranet service allows parents to check their children's attendance and achievements, send messages to staff and be aware of any school events or notices. Deputy principal Bede Roughton says it's an exciting way to get parents even more interested in their kids' education and progress. Students will also be able to use Ultranet to check out their upcoming tasks and source infor- mation about them. They will also have at their disposal a Uspace page which is going to be a kind of Facebook page but dedicated only to the school community,'' Mr Roughton says. All information is confidential and each parent receives a password to log on to the service. Like all software this one is a work in progress and will evolve in time to be more efficient because we still don't know its full potential,'' Mr Roughton says. The Ultranet is part of a larger e-learning programme implemented at the school that aims to enhance the level of engagement and fun students have with their learning. BIG PLANS Waiheke High School principal Neil Watson says although he is not a mind reader he does have some skills at seeing into the future. The school provides two year 7 classes but Mr Watson had a suspicion that most of the students leaving Te Huruhi and Waiheke Primary Schools would join the high school at the start of the new term, so he planned for an extra class and employed an extra teacher. Late enrolments by parents make planning for the new school year very difficult, Mr Watson says. ''We thought it might happen so we made the decision while still not having the numbers,'' he says of the final figure which turned out to be 72 new children in year 7. ''We guessed, and luckily we guessed correctly. If we'd guessed incorrectly we could have had two classes with 36 children in each or an extra teacher in the wrong area in the school structure,'' he says.
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