On The Road With Henderson High School
Developing social and leadership skills is an important aim at Henderson High School. As well as enabling academic achievement, the school’s goal is for students to graduate as mature and confident young people. To this end, Henderson High has an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities. However, getting students to and from the wide-ranging programme was becoming a challenge with just one van. The support of the Million Dollar Mission has now changed all that.
Henderson High School successfully applied in 2018 for $35,045 of funding to buy a second-hand, 12–seater van to supplement the one they already had. This means that more students are now able to access more activities, more often.
Since its arrival at the school, the van has been used extensively to safely transport students to and from a variety of sports, music and arts opportunities. In addition, students are regularly out in the community and have developed close relationships with primary and intermediate schools in the local area. Indeed over recent weeks the van has been used to take students to university presentations and industry training events, the orienteering and volleyball teams to inter-school competitions as well as transporting students to represent the school at Polyfest.
Quite simply, it’s made a big difference to the school. Without the van, Henderson High would be spending precious resources on hiring coaches and buses.
The Million Dollar Mission funded new van means that Henderson High can continue to offer a variety of exciting options for students to learn outside the classroom or represent the school at sporting, cultural or arts events. As a result, students are able to develop their social skills, confidence and character for a truly rounded education.
‘The new van has really made a difference to Henderson High,’ advises Principal Mike Purcell. ‘We are very grateful for the support of The Trusts and the Million Dollar Mission.’
In the 2018/19 Financial Year your Trusts gave back $2.5m to West Auckland, through Million Dollar Mission, the distribution of first aid kits to West Auckland households, a donation to help build a new Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Waitakere Hospital and the sponsorship of things like The Trusts Arena and Spooks & Sparks. You can learn more about the ways your trusts give back to West Auckland here.