Year 6 students from the local schools have an opportunity to participate in the transition programme that supports them into Kaikōura High School. This includes regular contact with their year 6 teachers, and feeding relevant information to the school. They are also offered a day to experience what the High School life is like and can have further support using external agencies if needed. There is a parents’ evening for further information at the end of the school year and then following up during term one.
Year 7 entrants take part in an orientation programme, aimed at easing their entry into their new school. Part of this is a Peer Support programme, in which Year 12/13 prefects and a teacher leader work directly with the new entrants to help them to settle into our School.
The programme aims to raise the self-esteem and confidence of young students at a time when they may feel vulnerable. This helps young students to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to interact in positive ways and to build a network of personal support in the School.
Careers Advice and Transition-to-Work
All students are encouraged to seek advice and guidance on possible career choices. The STAR/Gateway/Careers Co-ordinator, Mandy Fissenden, can supply information to help students explore or refine their career options. She is also trained to administer Vocational Tests which help students identify their aptitudes and interests.
The coordinator can also help senior students explore career possibilities through the Gateway, STAR and Work Experience programmes, which enable students to gain practical experience in various jobs and/or to take courses offered by institutions other than Kaikoura High School. These include the Open Polytechnic, Christchurch Polytechnic, Nelson/Marlborough Institute of Technology, Industry Training Organisations, Top of the South Trades Academy and Telford Polytechnic. She is assisted by a Careers team consisting of the Senior Dean and a member of the Senior Leadership team.