Annual Report

BOT Annual Report / Chairman's Address to Senior Prizegiving 2017

First and foremost, I want to congratulate each and every student who will receive an award tonight. Be it in academia, the arts, a sporting accolade or acknowledgement of character, every prizewinner tonight has made an important contribution to our school.

I am sure many of the younger recipients tonight will grace this stage again at future prize giving ceremonies, but for our year thirteens, their time as a high school student is drawing to a close. The board of trustees would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our leavers for being a part of our school community, and to wish you all the best for your future endeavors. Whether you have been here for the full five years or the past six months, we trust that CHS has been a supportive learning environment that has readied you for your future, whatever that may be.

As a board, it is our role to provide governance and strategic support that will help enable students to fulfil their potential and prepare them for life after school. A good education strategy is not demonstrated in a prize giving ceremony, or graduation. It is seeing young people in their twenties, thirties and beyond still benefiting from a solid secondary school foundation in both academic and life skills. This year a new five-year strategic plan for CHS has been adopted after more than two years of development and consultation.  We call this our Navigator Strategy – and the core purpose is to develop fine young people who can navigate easily and competently into life beyond school.

A priority of the board has been supporting students who may not wish to follow a traditional educational framework, those who require extra support, students who want to be extended and those with passions in sport and culture. Every single student should be following a program that best sets them up for a successful, fulfilled and engaged life. 

CHS is committed to developing an innovative approach whereby the school, students, staff, parents and community take ownership to achieve our core purpose together.

This approach requires all hands-on deck, and on behalf of the Board I would like to thank the teachers and support staff who have played such a key role in this school. Your individual and collective efforts are always appreciated, and I’m sure many of the students here tonight are thankful for the ways in which you have helped shape their high school experience.

The senior leadership team continue to help create a better CHS by working with the board to establish and execute the strategic plan, and we are very thankful for their passion and expertise.

Cambridge High School can be justifiably proud of the achievements of our students academically, culturally, and on the sports field.  We as a school community will continue to strive to best serve the students of CHS, including targeting areas where achievement isn’t as high as it could be. Further developing support for Maori achievement and boys literacy has already yielded positive results and we hope to continue this trend in 2018.

I wish the best of luck to all the senior students who will sitting their exams soon. From year elevens undergoing NCEA examination for the first time to more experienced students in their final year, this can be a stressful time. Make the most of the study time you have, and remember- Christmas is less than two months away! Enjoy your break and spending time with family.

School leavers, best of luck. You have been a credit to this school and I have confidence that success awaits in the outside world. Our year twelves will have big shoes to fill in 2018.

KARL THORNTON

Chairman
Board of Trustees
Cambridge High School