Celebrating success….what do we value??

Cohesion of the first year in action at Hobsonville Point Secondary was highlighted in the celebration of success for our learners. It is possible to slip from a vision and revert to what you have always done…there was potential for this as 2014 came to a close. The end of year celebration culminated in showing how strongly we at HPSS feel about our dispositional curriculum. The crux of the celebrations was based on our Hobsonville Habits and school values. We did not revert to having top in subjects, which was imperative for a school connecting learning, working in a cross curricular manner, focusing on learning to learn and rather than just content and knowledge. There was multiple levels of celebration and recognition of mana motuhake “high expectations” in a different manner to those I have experienced in the past. In doing so a wide array of different learners were celebrated alongside each other. The thought and comments on why learners were being celebrated were thoughtful, meaningful and had the potential to bring a tear to the eye, this occurred with whānau, staff and learners and was a poignant moment in the journey of our school.

All learners were celebrated with their learning hubs, coaches, community and whānau. With three Hobsonville Habits being recognised, by self, peers and coaches as highlighting the success in their learning journey this year. Another example of whanaungatanga in action at HPSS!


At the main celebration each of the communities had a learner celebrated for each of the 10 Hobsonville Habits. To those of you outside this appears as just another list. However, for me this is a running record of our learners successes. Maybe also a trigger to rethink what you value at your school and whether your celebrations truly align with this…

Hobsonville habits

Habit Awards – a student from each community who has displayed our Hobsonville Habits.
Resilient Award
Taheretikitiki: Gina Heidekruger
Tiriwa:Adriaan Olivier
Waiarohia: Katherine Garrett

Adventurous Award
Taheretikitiki: Alisa Warburton
Tiriwa:Katelyn Larking
Waiarohia: Joshua Van Wyk

Compassionate Award
Taheretikitiki: Jessica Su
Tiriwa: Lola Houghton
Waiarohia: Hannah Collins

Curious Award
Taheretikitiki: Liam Ranby
Tiriwa: Manoj Kumaraguru
Waiarohia: Matthew Van Gills

Contributive Award
Taheretikitiki: Joshua Hardy
Tiriwa: Erin Choi-Brown
Waiarohia: Joshua Long

Responsive Award
Taheretikitiki: James Anderson
Tiriwa: Natasha de Jong
Waiarohia: Gus Clelland

Reflective Award
Taheretikitiki: Antonia Smith
Tiriwa: Wai Ng
Waiarohia: Nat Hathaway

Creative Award
Taheretikitiki: Flynn Dawson
Tiriwa: Lola Houghton
Waiarohia: Andrew Jung

Resourceful Award
Taheretikitiki: Bennet Aitken
Tiriwa: Karl Voshaar
Waiarohia: Petra Brinkman

Purposeful Award
Taheretikitiki: Danielle Anderson
Tiriwa: Micah Tiriwawi
Waiarohia: Kiara Padayatchi


The community ambassador award was a special award, where as a community and then as a school we co-constructed the criteria with the learners on what this should involve…learners then voted for these awards, the supporting evidence that they gave supported choices for the habits and values awards also.
Here is a link to the criteria that the students came up with for what they valued in a Community Ambassador… https://docs.google.com/a/hobsonvillepoint.school.nz/document/d/1PG5ZKJTCmbLaVWh7vefl_R-6Q8ns1H2xIinru7yx-SQ/edit You can see there is high exectations by the learners in our school!!!

Community Ambassador Awards:

Taheretikitiki: Bill Savery

Waiarohia: Daniel Loa

Tiriwa: Jalen Wilson

Next was the values awards and this went across the whole school, with supporting evidence arising from learners voice and teacher recognition of those displaying the school values.

Value Awards: Awarded to the students who have displayed our HPSS Values

Connectedness Award: Matthew Van Gills

Collaboration Award: Natasha de Jong

Innovation Award: Angus Lynch

Inquiry Award: Antonia Smith

Excellence Awards: Awarded to the students who have displayed excellence in:

Excellence in Sport: Mackenzie Vellenoweth

Excellence in Arts and Culture: Rhiana Jellick

Personal Excellence: Tia Fue

Academic Excellence: Annie Wang

Overall Excellence: Awarded to the student who is recognised as displaying our values and our habits in everything that they do:

Excellence Award: Jalen Wilson

Alongside these celebrations were many examples of powerful partnerships in action such as Elise with Pete and the house of Shem…with her original song put out there…Year 9????


It was not only the celebrations at the end of the year that finished off 2014 with a bang! As a school we also had the most amazing time on camp. The learners and staff all had an amazing time outside the four walls of the classroom, the learning and value of this EOTC experience is best summarised by the learners, here is a great video put together by Lea and Pete to show this…

Looking forward to another year and another year level at HPSS this year. Looking forward to the opportunity for our foundation Year 9 to take on board the challenge of leading and learning from our new year 9’s. To further develop our school vision and values…At Hobsonville Point Secondary School we believe in empowering young people with the skills to contribute confidently and responsibly in our changing world.

To reach for the sky!
Whaia te iti kahurangi


2 thoughts on “Celebrating success….what do we value??

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s