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Transition Services


This service is available to students who have very high needs, are ORRS funded and in their last year at school. It aims to provide uninterrupted movement for students in their last year of school into post school education, employment and/or community services and activities. We want to help students and families to ensure there is a co-ordinated plan so that students goals can be achieved. 

What can students expect from Transition Services?
  • to be listened to
  • to be treated with dignity and respect
  • to be central to any decision making and planning
  • to receive information and resources

Transition Services will support students to explore their options, monitor their progress and work with other agencies as required. They will also assist with:

  • creating transition plans
  • goal setting
  • informed decision making
  • taking responsibility for actions and achievements
  • achievment of goals
  • access to employment and/or community options
  • having same rights and opportunities as other people

Our obligations include making a written agreement with all parties to work with an eligible student, providing an individualised transition plan and reporting on what services and activities have been provided and what the outcomes have been, and finally monitoring and reviewing the goals over an agreed period of time.

For more information please contact us or email Shellie.

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General Rules

Inclusive Learning Environments: Pou Whakaaro strives to ensure that learning is open and available to all members of our community and will attempt to provide assistance to those learners that require additional support. With this in mind, please be aware that the pace of class teaching and learning will depend on the needs and aspirations of all students.

Acceptance and Payment of Fees: Please consider that your enrolment is confirmed once you have returned a completed enrolment form and payment to us or direct to the tutor (where this is advised in any advertising) Fees are generally charged on a whole course basis and no refunds or discounts will be made where the student is unable to attend.

Cancelled Classes and Refunds: If there are insufficient enrolments, courses may be cancelled and we will attempt to inform you as early as possible. Full refunds will be made to students as soon as possible. NO refund will be made if you decide to withdraw from a class once it has started.

Compliments and Complaints: In the first instance, please speak directly to your tutor, or if you require contact the Community Education Coordinator in writing or by phone on 07 308 8170

Behaviour: I agree to treat the venue, equipment, tutor/s and other students with respect at all times. I understand that I may be asked to leave a course and forfeit fees if I act disrespectfully.

Please return this enrolment in person or by post to:

Community Education
Pou Whakaaro
40 Te Tahi Street
PO Box 2025 Whakatane