Totara College Dannevirke

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Board of Trustees

Totara College is governed by a duly elected Board of Trustees. The board is made up of the principal and representatives for: the proprietors, parents, staff, and students. The board may also “co-opt” members from time to time for specific reasons. All board members are elected according to standard procedures for all state and integrated schools.

The responsibility of the board is to ensure that the college fulfills its responsibilities to the college charter and board policies, and that the school meets its legal obligations to the Ministry of Education.

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Totara College is considered a ministry of the Dannevirke Christian Fellowship and as such comes under the churches oversight and spiritual leadership. The Dannevirke Christian Fellowship board is known as the “proprietors” of Totara College.

The proprietors own the buildings and are responsible for the “special character” of the college, and in particular its spiritual aims and objectives.

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School Leaders

Student Leaders 2022

The college year has started well with the addition of new students in both Primary and Secondary and the new staff.

It is with great excitement that we announce the new Totara College student leaders for 2022. 

Charlotte Patu (Year 13) and Piper Carnie (Year 13) are our 2 Students Leaders with Josiah Max (Year 13) and Ben Knightly (Year 12) as Deputy Leaders. 

The choice of leaders demonstrates the caliber of students at Totara College. 

All four of our student leaders have demonstrated qualities and values of leadership.

Charlotte is passionate about Tikanga Māori. She has taken and instigated opportunities to share her knowledge and experience with the school community and beyond.

Piper demonstrates our school motto of Phillipians 3:14 “I press towards the mark” She is a natural leader and motivator. She is a diligent worker who always pushes herself beyond her comfort zone.

Josiah has shown leadership in his interactions with his peers and the school community. His calm and patient nature enables him to work alongside others without being intrusive.

Ben brings his own unique style and personality to the leadership team. He enjoys relaxing with his friends, but it also aware of deadlines that need to be met. He has demonstrated great attitude and skills that are befitting of a deputy leader.

We wish God’s blessings and wisdom over them this year; that they will fulfil their God given potential – as our motto says, and be role models for the whole Totara College Community.

Houses and Challenges

In 2004 it was decided that House Groups would be an excellent idea to build leadership, foster healthy competition and reward excellence in academic and sporting achievement. 

Three tribes of Israel from the Bible were chosen as names (Abraham, Judah and Zebulun) along with Abraham the father of Israel.  These names all have an association with the coming of Jesus. 

House group points are used every week to encourage students to be punctual, have tidy offices, get their homework done, etc.  Each student is marked out of 20 and at the end of each week the scores are averaged out and totalled so that the winning House Group is decided on.  There is a shield in the Assembly hall and each week the winning House Group has the Shield hanging below their name for the week.

Totara College has Athletics and Swimming Sports Championships each year and there are points for participation, placings and records.  The winning House group is announced at Assembly after the swimming and athletics points have been tallied up.

At the end of the year the principal takes all the members of the overall winning House group to McDonalds for a special lunch.

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