I had the pleasure of supporting three students at the Hawke’s Bay Schools Trades Academy (EIT) graduation on Wednesday 28 October.
More than 470 students, across 30 schools from Waipukurau to Wairoa attended the event.
The Hawke’s Bay Schools Trades Academy is a partnership between EIT, schools and business to provide ‘trade tasters’.
EIT Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Claire Hague, said the aim was to “remove the barriers between secondary and tertiary education.”
By decreasing these barriers we increase success, retention at school, completion of other qualifications (ie: Level 2 NCEA) and improve progression towards tertiary study. The girls, Dior Chase, Hope Phillips and Katrina Lyons, attended EIT every Friday to experience this.
Guest speaker, Levi Armstrong (EIT graduate and owner of Patu Gym), spoke of how we all have the opportunity to create our own destiny. As the son of a Mongrel Mob member, he was determined gang life was not the path for him. He repeatedly faced challenges, but believes we create our own destiny and the ups and downs allow us to grow.
The following girls graduated in Level 2 Trades Academy classes with between 26 and 29 credits:
- Dior Chase: Hair and Beauty
- Hope Phillips: Fashion
- Katrina Lyons: Agriculture.
Katrina was awarded most diligent in class and Hope first in class.
We look forward to having another group of fine young women represent Woodford at EIT in 2016.
Mrs Dionne Thomas, Director of Learning