The Foundation was created to “Provide opportunities for our kids to succeed in education by reducing barriers”. The Foundation is not raising funds to build grand buildings, the only building we are interested in (and strive to achieve), is the building up of our students confidence and their self-belief, and that they themselves have the power to achieve their goals - we are just giving them a hand up, to kick start that dream.
Stationery, School and Sports Uniforms and Fees and even winter shoes are just some of the many essentials that they Foundation helps with. Chromebooks are purchased and issued to students who would not otherwise have them and this eliminates that barrier to the modern way of learning.
Now to some, these relatively small value items may not seem like a huge barrier to education, but to a teenager, when we provide these we reduce the gap in their educational needs, and the students now have access to learn and participate, contribute, and feel part of their school community. We are giving them the tools and support to become the best they can be.
Please take a moment to see why we work hard to raise funds for students.
These are given to hardworking students, who could potentially miss out on a life changing chance to enter into further academic study or their chosen trade due to financial restrictions.
2016 saw 4 academic scholarships being awarded to a total of $15,000.
In 2017 the decision was made to reduce the dollar amount of each scholarship, to be able to give this opportunity to more school leavers. So 6 x 1500 scholarships were given to those furthering their education academically and 6 x 1500 scholarships were given to those entering into a trade, to support them with the often unreachable entry cost for tools.
Year 10 Camp
The Year 10 School Camp is an amazing fun filled chance to get away with your mates and make some new friends and of course, spend a week seemingly not doing school work - it is a surefire highlight of the year for students! But when the time comes, the opportunity for many students to go on camp starts to slip away, due to financial restrictions. The Waitakere College Foundation works with teachers and deans to ensure those deserving students don’t miss out on this fantastic memory making adventure. In 2016 12 students were partially or fully subsidised to head off onto their camp. In 2017 this number was increased to a whopping 29!
I feel grateful that the school paid for the Year 10 Camp because going on this trip made me communicate with others and become closer to school.
Dear Foundation, hi my name is Will. I just wanna say a big thank you for being able to afford to take me to camp instead of being in school. I really had a fun week. I really enjoyed myself. I got to spend time with my mates, got to do a lot of fun activities. I actually got to know people well. If I didn't go I wouldn't have this opportunity to do it so thank you!!!
I really enjoyed going to camp because I got to be with my friends, did heaps of activities and enjoyed every bit of it. I got the experience of going kayaking and made more friends.
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