Welcome from the Tumuaki (Principal)

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Welcome to Kaikorai Valley College.  Thank you for taking this time to explore and find out just a little bit more about us, a school “where excellence is an attitude”.  We are incredibly proud of our school and everything it stands for, and invite you to come in for a look and find out for yourselves just what we have to offer, and the incredible physical setting in which the school is nestled.

Kaikorai Valley College (KVC) is a medium sized (500 - 550), Year 7 – 13 co-educational State Secondary School, situated in a beautiful park-like setting (10 hectares) on the west side of the city.  Unique to KVC, is a small urban farm that provides learning opportunities tied into our broad curriculum.  KVC is also very proudly an Enviroschool, meaning we take very seriously the role of looking after not only our own environment but also that in other parts of the city.

We have a reputation for providing a SAFE learning environment where students receive a high quality education and everyone together is achieving more.  Unusual for an urban city school, Kaikorai Valley College offers continued education for the ages of 10 to 18, or Years 7 - 13.   This does mean students are able to come to us for their ‘intermediate’ years as part of our highly successful Junior College where they get the best of both worlds by having the opportunity to taste what it’s like to move around the school and have some specialist teachers while also having a homeroom teacher.  After two years, well over 90% of these students have fallen in love with the school and decide to continue into the senior schooling years here at KVC.

We are also very proud to provide a co-educational setting that reflects the world around us, providing students with the opportunity to develop into self-confident young adults who are happy to share ideas and opinions in any situation. We also believe strongly in self responsibility, expecting clear standards of behaviour, with comprehensive structures in place for student support.

While academic studies will always retain a very high priority, we appreciate and understand that we have a responsibility to ensure students are active participants in “a range of life contexts” (NZ Curriculum).

We place high value in educating the ‘whole’ person, providing experiences that develop skills for adulthood. This certainly takes place in the classroom but also happens in the many different opportunities we offer.

We believe in ‘Opportunity and Success for ALL.’ Sometimes we are asked, “What does this mean?” At our school we want to ensure students have the opportunity to pursue their interests, not only in the classroom, but also on the sports field, on stage, in performance or whatever that passion might be. We do not say you have to reach a particular standard first. If you want to be in the school production we will find a spot for you. If you want to play volleyball, we will make up a team so that you can. If you want to be a part of a band, we will try to make that happen.

Our aim at Kaikorai Valley College is to give the young people of our community the very best start in life in an environment where every student matters, and every moment counts.

Please continue to explore the website and if you would like to look around the school, discuss any aspects of what we offer, or how we might meet your needs, please do make contact and I will be very happy to meet with you.

Nga mihi

Rick Geerlofs 

Tumuaki (Principal)

 

Welcome from the Head Students

Head Students5Kia ora koutou katoa

“Big enough to Challenge, but small enough to care” is how many people would describe Kaikorai Valley College. Though we are a small school, teachers and staff are focused on each and every student to achieve their best. Every student has the opportunity to succeed in any field of the curriculum whether it is academic, sporting or cultural. Students here feel a sense of identity and community which can be seen on house day and athletics day where the whole student body comes together to show their house spirit. At Kaikorai Valley College there is a huge emphasis on our core values of PRIDE. These core values along with the support from the teachers help to guide and shape students into well-rounded citizens. By focusing on Hauora ( mental and emotional, physical, social and spiritual well-being), our school provides a SAFE learning space allowing its students to flourish. 

Our first-day experiences..

Reuben -  Māngai Ākonga Tama (Head Boy)

I have been at Kaikorai Valley since the beginning in Year 7. The first day of school, back in 2014, you could tell that everyone was nervous, but that was normal as it was all our first day at KVC. The teachers in the junior college are really welcoming and with the support of our Year 13 peer supports, it was really easy to feel part of the school community. I remember on the first day, we all had a turn to stand up in front of our new peers and some of their parents, and say a little bit about ourselves. Although this was a bit scary, it was a great ice breaker. It made it really easy to feel comfortable with the class and confident on our first day.

Chikita - Māngai Ākonga Kōtiro (Head Girl)

When I first came to Kaikorai Valley College in Year 10, it was very nerve-wracking as most of the people in my year group already know each other. The first thing I noticed about Kaikorai Valley College's students and teachers was that they are very welcoming and keen to get to know you, which was very heart-warming and comforting. I quickly learned that in KVC, everyone is very accepting of everyone, no matter what background or walk of life they may come from. Due to the fact that Kaikorai Valley College is one of the smaller schools in Dunedin, I have found that KVC students, in particular, have a very strong sense of community through the House system and the different year levels. Another quality that I have found from going to KVC is that teachers take that extra step to help each and every student achieve their best in every field.