Series: Attendance & engagement

Issue: Volume 101, Number 1

Posted: 28 June 2022
Reference #: 1HAV3W

This series highlights the mahi underway in schools and kura across Aotearoa New Zealand that is having a positive effect on attendance and engagement in a local context.

Malfroy School in Rotorua are doing whatever it takes to give students such as Riana, Joe and Lavinia the best opportunities for learning.

Malfroy School in Rotorua are doing whatever it takes to give students such as Riana, Joe and Lavinia the best opportunities for learning.

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Northland schools join forces to help tamariki get to school (external link)

Schools in Northland have long battled with low attendance and when Covid-19 hit, it became even more challenging to navigate. A strong desire to get their tamariki back to school brought primary and secondary school principals together. Now they have launched a campaign – Let’s Get to School Tai Tokerau – in the hopes of rallying communities to help students get to school.

Small changes in practice driving big improvements in engagement

Two schools in Ōtautahi Christchurch are seeing a positive shift in attendance and engagement after a concerted effort to strengthen relationships both within school, and with whānau and the wider community.

Growing a place where students want to be

Paeroa College is working hard to boost attendance and engagement by removing barriers wherever possible, providing rich learning opportunities, and really listening to students and families.

Tamariki engagement soars in wake of jiu jitsu programme

Faced with challenging behaviours and a dramatic dip in attendance levels after Covid-19, Tāneatua School turned to its community to try something a bit different.

From a place of care and whanaungatanga

Whakatāne schools are working together to address attendance and engagement across their community, with a firm emphasis on putting relationships front and centre.

Reimagining lunchtime at Porirua College

An internal model of Ka Ora, Ka Ako | Healthy School Lunches at Porirua College is providing benefits go beyond a full belly, including improved attendance. After noticing students streaming into school for lunch at 12.45pm each day, the school decided to re-arrange their timetable.

Dual enrolment gives West Coast ākonga more scope to succeed

Leaders at Greymouth High School and Tai Poutini Polytechnic are always exploring ways to drive engagement and achievement and struck gold when they trialled a new partnership – an excellent example of how collaboration can lower the barriers to education.

Connecting pieces of the puzzle

Many schools in Rotorua, including Malfroy School, are doing whatever it takes to give children the best opportunities for learning – from providing transport and food, to delivering culturally responsive learning programmes, to supporting smooth transitions between schools, to engaging closely with whānau.

Bolstering young parents through strengths-based learning

A focus on students’ strengths and cultural connections at a Northland teen parent unit is transforming lives and prospects for vulnerable rangatahi and their tamariki.

More articles about attendance and engagement

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero,

Posted: 2:16 pm, 28 June 2022

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