About our school
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Huntly College | Te kura Tuarua ō Raahui Pookeka opened officially in 1953, serves the immediate district known as the Huntly Community and surrounding districts. Students predominantly come to us from six to seven contributing primary schools. We are a Year 9-15 fully integrated, Crown funded, co-educational secondary school located on the Western banks of the Waikato River. The recently formed Kahui Ako | Community of Learning includes six local primary schools and one early childhood centre
The College roll has declined in recent years reaching its peak in the late 70’s early 80’s when several coal mines were operating and the power site was being developed. Many of these employment opportunities no longer exist. The College roll in 2017 is expected to settle close to 300 students. Approximately 75% of our roll are Māori, predominantly Waikato-Tainui as mana whenua.
Huntly College by its very location has an association with local marae and in particular, Kiingitanga. Meeting the needs of its people, Waikato-Tainui in association with the College has a responsibility to ensure we provide the very best for all students and in particular, Māori. Location and proximity to several local marae, Rangimarie, our school based marae, affiliated to Waahi Pa, ko Waikato te Awa (Waikato river), Ko Taupiri te maunga (Taupiri mountain) are all local aspects reflected in our college waiata and our puhoro
Huntly College offers a range of courses including senior Vocational Pathways (Trades, Tourism and Hospitality) and traditional learning pathways with subjects / courses aligned with Level 3 NCEA. In Years 9 – 11, the focus is predominantly improving and attaining minimum standards in Literacy and Numeracy. Engaging students in College requires a many faceted approach like offering a variety of extra curricula activities.
Our School Crest - Coat of Arms
Officially adopted when the College opened in 1953 depicts coal mining, agriculture, the Waikato River and knowledge. The original coat of arms also depicts aspects of our present and our past. Our motto, Ma te pono ka watea is incorporated. The College colours scarlet red, royal blue and white are visible.
Puhoro / Design for Huntly College Te Whakamaramatanga
The image depicted (or tohu or puhoro) represents the relationship within Huntly College, the community and Tainui whānui. Tainui waka designs are incorporated also.
The design signifies the journey of Tainui waka from Hawaiki and the vast travels the Tainui waka travelled to where it now lays at rest in the Kawhia harbour.
In the context of relationships and education, this relates to the relationships forged between student and teacher. The journey faced by these parties from the beginning to the end of schooling. Depicting the pathway for both to each enhance and commit to be successful, achieve a positive result. Ultimately fulfilling our vision for students, be successful, contributing, healthy citizens of Aotearoa.
The flow of negative space relates to the Waikato awa or as the Aho or thread that binds all hapu and iwi together in this region / Tainui waka.
In the context of the college, this relates to the shared forces that help the College to operate. Waikato – Tainui providing whenua / land, Rahui Pokeka this community, resources, students and staff combine and help strengthen and develop the College leading into the future. Working together to become one.
The Kiingitanga is relevant within this tohu as Kingitanga kahui ariki provide identity to Māori and New Zealanders as governance to insure our best interests are upheld. The Kiingitanga is of huge significance to Tainui as affirming the mana, integrity and identity if the iwi.
The merging of elements, relationships and manaakitanga together, we can create successful governance for Huntly College striving to do the best we can for the community. This incorporates students, staff, parents and caregivers, iwi and hapu and all those who have a part to play in our College.
The Kiingitanga element is signified in the motif or puhoro as being the whole design.
Any interpretations, departures from the truth from original design are unintentional.