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Identity change for Titikaveka College

Tuesday April 26, 2016 Written by Published in Education

In a bid to help improve the school and boost the number of students attending it, Titikaveka College is to undergo a name change.


It will be renamed either Takitumu College or Takitumu High School.  

Chairwoman Ruth Horton said the school will host a community meeting early next month to discuss the issue.

“Takitumu is the name of the Vaka and Titikaveka is the name of the village and what we are trying to say is Titikaveka College’s roll is dropping, and maybe if we change the name, people might see it as having a wider catchment and think more broadly, rather than just Titikaveka, which makes them think just of the village.”

Horton said the school was  trying to get the community involved because they needed to look at doing something different in order to save the college.

She said student numbers were dropping and rumours were circulating that it could even change hands and become a trade school.

Aiming to bring the passion back into the school, Horton is keen to maintain its image and reputation for what it used to be.

“Titikaveka is the only community-based college left. It is small right now and if it goes, the only community secondary school left will be Tereora College.

“We have a small roll and lots of buildings and this doesn’t mean it’s a bad school. We have good literacy and numeracy results but we don’t have the numbers to hold down students to complete their high school level here.

“Our Year 12 students have to attend Tereora College because of this, we can’t hold them back. So we need to change.”

Horton also stressed the need for parents and all others interested to attend the community meeting to be held at the school on May 14.

“If you have thoughts in the matter then you will need to come to the meeting. It’s where people can really put their views across and be heard.”

Horton said it would not be viable for the Ministry of Education to keep Titikaveka open if it was not producing the right results or attracting more students.

“This is a reality call that we have to face.

“We have to be prepared to do whatever we can to help the school grow to what the community wants so that they send their children here”.

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