Whanganui High School takes great pride in offering a range of facilities to be used by its staff and students.
Special Needs/Te Atawhai
Te Atawhai Unit
Place of Challenge, Care and Support
Te Atawhai is the name given to the Special Unit at Whanganui High School. Te Atawhai was designed specifically for students with moderate to severe intellectual impairments. The building, furniture and equipment were funded by the Ministry of Education. It opened in May 1996.
Te Atawhai provides a secondary school placement for students with an intellectual impairment who require alternative or additional resources to those usually provided in regular education settings. The guiding philosophy of Te Atawhai is to enable all students to develop their full potential by providing age appropriate, individualised learning opportunities within a safe, caring, challenging and supportive environment.
This is achieved through adapted programmes or learning environments, specialised equipment or materials. The provision of a multi-sensory curriculum is combined with a physical therapy programme to meet the needs of all students. Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure the highest standards of achievement through its individualised and developmental programmes.
Te Atawhai is a partnership based on collaboration and consultation between Parents and Caregivers, Students, Ministry and Special Education, Specialists, Local and School Community, and other agencies to meet the needs of all students with special needs.
Social integration and subject mainstreaming are encouraged at Whanganui High School.
Te Atawhai Staff are:
Wendi Girven, Joan Gill, Hilary Mael, Diana Parnell, Grant McCullough, Emma Paki, Richie Parnell and Dale Sutherland.
Te Atawhai ERO Policy
Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure it can provide a challenging, safe and supportive climate that meets the individual educational needs of students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities.
Te Atawhai endeavours to meet the individual and developmental needs of all students through a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum that provides continuity, progression, entitlement and equivalent curriculum experience.
Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure that students with a severe to moderate intellectual disability receive special education when they have been identified as needing alternative or additional resources to those usually provided in regular education settings.
Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure the provision of extra assistance, adapted programmes or learning environments, specialised equipment or materials to support students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities.
Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure the highest standards of achievement through programmes that will enable students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities to develop to their full potential.
Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure equality of opportunity for those students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities by identifying and removing barriers; providing a challenging, safe and supportive environment; and through the acceptance and promotion of the rights of all students.
Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure appropriate advisers, therapists and specialist resources (as required) will be provided.
Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure that open communication and consultation is provided to parents and caregivers to enable them to make sound education choices concerning the appropriate placement of students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities.
Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure the Special Unit meets the individual and developmental needs of the student by offering an appropriate placement for students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities and adequate staffing to ensure programme delivery.
Te Atawhai endeavours to ensure it can offer a safe and supportive learning environment to all students by ensuring and maintaining appropriate levels of student to staffing ratios.
Te Atawhai is designed to cater for those students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities and will meet the student’s educational needs within the Special Unit, regular classroom and transition experiences in the wider community.
Enrolment Policy Guidelines
- Te Atawhai is designed to offer assistance to those students with an intellectual disability who have significant difficulties meeting their physical, social, and emotional and self-care needs. Te Atawhai caters specifically for students requiring a greater degree of adult supervision and support than is usually provided.
- Te Atawhai recognises the legal rights and responsibilities of parents to have a choice regarding enrolment in special schools, attached units or regular classes.
- Te Atawhai is designed to enable students of secondary school age to have access to the same range of age-appropriate education as other students. Provision for the student should match the nature of his or her needs.
- Te Atawhai is designed to cater for those students readily identified as needing specialised assistance, adapted programmes or learning environments, specialised equipment or materials to support them in a special education setting and the mainstream.
- Te Atawhai is designed to provide specialised educational assistance for those students identified through in-depth assessment as having unique needs. The enrolment process will be the result of consultation and collaboration between parents and caregivers, the student, Special Education Services, educational specialists, other schools, Te Atawhai and the local community.
- Te Atawhai is designed to offer a multi-cultural, co-educational placement for students with severe to moderate intellectual disabilities.
- Te Atawhai is designed to ensure it can meet the individual needs of all students through appropriate programming, adequate staffing levels and specialised equipment.
- Te Atawhai is designed to ensure it can provide a challenging, safe and caring environment for all students.
- Te Atawhai recognises that all enrolments are submitted to the Principal and that the final decision is at the discretion of the Principal.
- Te Atawhai will endeavour to recognise the early communicated intention and interest of parents and caregivers for enrolment placements.
C/-Whanganui High School
P.O. Box 4022, Wanganui, New Zealand
Telephone (06) 349-0178 Extn: 8765
Fax: (06) 349-0176
Cellular Phone: 021499110
Computers and Wifi
We have over 500 computers available for use around the school, and an enterprise Ruckus Wifi system with over 70 access points, covering the entire school, including outdoor areas such as the field and playing courts.
Innovative Learning Environment
We like to think of the library as the beating heart of the school – everyone is welcomed here.
It’s a multicultural community space managed by two qualified librarians supported by a fantastic 25 strong student librarian team.
In our role as ‘info coaches’, we librarians are forward thinking, relationship focused, open, flexible and friendly in our approach to both students and staff. Our aim is to enable students to be in charge of their own learning.
Inside the library, it’s light filled and newly renovated. The walls are lined with brightly coloured student artworks. Our newly arrived Chinese warrior statues guard the Chinese corner - This is a multimedia resource area that supports the school’s Confucius Classroom status. These varied local and international cultural pops of colour and texture help create a great space for working or relaxing amongst our large collection of modern and classic fiction and non- fiction.
It’s not just about books here at Whanganui High - we provide a seamless digital learning environment that can be accessed 24/7 via our website and students’ personalised Google Chrome accounts - Here you will find digital bookmarks linking students to our library catalogue app and the vast world of subscription database resources and reading for pleasure via our e-book platform. We issue digital equipment including Chromebooks and headphones, we help students with technical enquiries and also act as a triage unit for the IT support team who are conveniently situated upstairs on the mezzanine floor.
Orientation Events and Speakers
The school library is multi-talented, it has wide-ranging uses. We manage the staff and student web portals and we’re a venue for visiting speakers, seminars, debates, and evening functions.
We also house the silent study room for seniors.
Several times a year we host orientation sessions to welcome our newly arrived Y9s and International students so they can find their feet and get to know fellow new arrivals and staff members in a warm and comfortable setting.
Photographs and Video
The library office doubles as a mini studio where photos are snapped and ID cards are produced for students and staff. We also manage the school’s ClickView Library so students and staff can watch educational videos at home or at school. Each person has their own personalised age appropriate account.
Supervised by a teacher and librarian, the Homework centre is open from after school until 4.30 pm weekdays. It’s handy for students wanting to study alone or with a group of friends, or for those just waiting to be picked up after school. Closer to exam time the library hosts a series of tutorials for seniors during Homework Centre and in the evenings.
Our canteen is open for breakfast, lunch and at afternoon break.
A wide variety of healthy and tasty options are available.
Hot lunch specials change daily.
Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten free items can be pre-ordered prior to 8.35am or the previous day.