Stella Dornan has just completed her first year at Tamatea High School and she is thrilled with her success. She passed her Junior Diploma with Excellence and was also awarded the Year 9 Academic Excellence Award for 2016.
When asked what was the key to her success, Stella explained that she has worked hard in class, completed her homework and pushed herself to learn. She plays Netball and Basketball for the school and also has a part time after school job. She’s a busy girl, but she has made the most of her opportunities.
Stella’s mother Bernadette says that ‘High school has been a big jump from Intermediate. She has been put under more pressure and Stella has come out on top. We’re very proud of her and how she has worked consistently through the year.’
The teachers at Tamatea High School have been key to Stella’s success. Stella says her Mathematics teacher, Whaea Kania, is really nice and has done a good job of explaining things for her. Stella’s favourite subject is PE because she enjoys the challenge of getting people to listen and work together. These are valuable workplace skills that Stella will be able to use when she leaves school.
Next year, Stella’s goal is to keep up with her sports commitments and continue to do well in class.
Principal, Robin Fabish, says that he is very happy with the progress of the junior and senior students at Tamatea High School. “Our academic results continue to improve and our teachers really care about getting our students over the line. We’re doing important work for the futures of our students.”