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The Trade Academy now has a Google site where students, parents, and whanau can access resources and information. The site has given students online access to their assessments and with videos explaining each assessment. There is also a google calendar on the home page with upcoming events

Friday the 16th August the forestry students headed to Tauranga to visit the Port. We had the opportunity to see how the ports runs and what is involved. The students were amazed to see how big the port is and the different freight that is imported and exported.

The Warehouse Red Shirts in Schools Gateway training is designed to give students a great opportunity to get hands-on experience of what it’s like to work in the exciting retail industry, and make helpful professional contacts for when they leave school. The training is a partnership between Service IQ and The Warehouse.

There are many different roles in the retail and retail supply chain industry, from customer service, stock management, in-store merchandising, to supervisors, store managers and regional managers. Many employers also offer staff the opportunity to train on job, gain qualifications and advance their career by moving up into supervisor and management roles.

On leaving school, many students who have participated in The Warehouse Gateway training have gone on to develop their skills and build careers with New Zealand’s popular retailer.

Students upon reflection say, they are enjoying the experience, evident by the smile on their faces, and don’t they look smart in their uniforms.

Trade Academy News


On Friday the 26th of July saw the Forestry students head to Rotorua for the Matariki X Expo. The Lake Taupo Charitable Trust felt this was a good opportunity for our students to connect with others, share new ideas, and learn how to better manage and grow or create a business.

Matariki X was back in 2019 to inspire and empower our Māori innovators. In the morning, we heard from a stellar line-up of influential keynote speakers; some of these were:

 Bailey Mackey - CEO, Pango Productions

 Rachel Taulelei - CEO, Kono NZ

 Jesse Armstrong - Founder and CEO, Vaka Interactiv

 Billie Jo Ropiha - Founder, B'DET

 Nikora Ngaropo - CEO and Founder of Nikora Ngaropo Motion & Design | Young Animators

 Miriana Stephens - Director, Wakatū Incorporation and Founder, NUKU ki te Puku It was a good opportunity for our students to hear success stories from Māori business men and women.

We would like to thank the Lake Taupo Charitable Trust for providing us with this awesome opportunity

Field Days

This year the Trades Academy travelled to Mystery Creek to participate in the Annual Field days. We started our day in the Career and Education Hub. This hub is essential for any school group as it showcases important careers and changes in the Primary Sector. The students get a chance to hear from key speakers in the sector and then partake in different activities and visit different industries.

We also had the opportunity to visit the fencing and tractor pulling expeditions as well as a Forestry sector.

The Innovation hub is also a great opportunity for students to see new and exciting inventions and technology that will have an impact on the Primary sector now and in the future.

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Trades Academy Trip

On Friday we visited Wild Cherry Logging who are a harvesting crew with a hauler and are based in Lake Taupo Forest. It was an awesome opportunity for students to see first-hand how a crew operates. The weather wasn’t ideal but the students made the most of it. This is part of the Te Mahuri Toa Forestry program

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