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Penrose (Inc)

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Tuesdays at 8:15 AM
One Tree Hill College
421-451 Great South Rd
Auckland,  1062
New Zealand
Meetings will be held in the Rotary Foyer OTHC.
Upcoming Speakers
MUNA teams
Jun 13, 2023
with Bronwen Scott and Morgan Le Fay Pullein
RYLA nominee Louise Ryan
Jun 20, 2023
Introducing RYLA nominee Louise Ryan, with curriculum specialties of Media Studies and Social Media
Greg Fleming
Jun 27, 2023
National Party candidate for Maungakiekie
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Rotary Enrichment Programme

 ||  November 24, 2020




“Ki te pai te noho tahi, kia pai te hikoi tahi i te huarahi ako.”

“Making connections and working well together will make one’s ‘pathway of learning’ journey a successful adventure.”


REP has been running at OTHC for some time now with over 1000 of our students being given the chance to experience its unique benefits.

REP is a literacy initiative that relies heavily on community involvement. It is ‘learning through connecting’ and involves students being mentored by our many volunteer tutors – all of whom, have made successes of their lives through their many years of hard work.


For some time now, there has been the realization that the literacy skills of a portion of students entering our College, are not at the required levels to encourage success. The REP programme has therefore been devised to upskill our students in the required components in an endeavour to overcome this.

We are fortunate to be able to make REP available to a selection of our Year 9 students due to the support of the management and teaching staff, and the sponsorship of the following organisations – PENROSE ROTARY CLUB, Burnett Charitable Trust, Event Cinemas, David Levene Foundation, Lois Dalley Trust, MSA Charitable Trust, Newmarket Rotary Charitable Foundation, One Tree Hill College BOT, Management & Staff, Rotary Club of Newmarket, Scholastic NZ, The Chenery Trust, The Fletcher Trust and The Harold Thomas Memorial Trust.


The success of REP can be judged not only the data gathered but by the fact that its reputation is spreading, and it has now been set up in nine different colleges and high schools in the North Auckland and Auckland regions, with many more enquiring to set up the programme in their schools.

AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY has just released their report on their research into why REP is so successful – their findings back up fully what the programme was designed to achieve for our students.

The programme targets students who have ability but just need the necessary enrichment of their literacy skills to reach their full potential.


On REP we cover all five language strands of the literacy curriculum:

ORAL            LISTENING              READING               WRITING            VISUAL 

In the Reading strand we target the disciplines of summarization and comprehension as students taken on REP have good decoding skills. Broadening core subject vocabulary is also a focus. 


Our results over the years have shown that these targets have proven to be the ones that have led to our many ex- REP students gaining very good grades in their future NCEA examinations.

We are also proud of the number of our students go on to become student leaders of our college, with this year being no exception with Junior Grant and Christian Mona becoming Prefects this year. 


REP is a wonderful programme as it involves parents, community and the school, working together to benefit the Year 9 students at our College to get them ready for their future education.


One Tree Hill College - REP Graduation 2020


At the recent REP Graduation Ceremony attended by parents, tutors, teachers and sponsors, students received certificates and books courtesy of The Penrose Rotary Club.  In front of a very supportive gathering, students were required to give speeches to express their individual gratitude to both sponsors and tutors.  All present, were incredibly impressed with the presentations and the growth in confidence of the students that had developed during their time on REP.  Parents of the students were extremely proud of their children’s success and enthusiastically expressed their support of the programme. As one parent said, “I am so pleased that my daughter was selected for the REP programme. I can see the difference in her attitude towards work. She has enjoyed her time on it”.  The high point of the graduation was the presentation of the David Levene Top Student Award. On receiving her award, recipient Malia Lupe Vatuvei said, “I was so proud to be awarded this top student award and thank the David Levene Foundation and the Penrose Rotary Club for enabling this programme to be at our school”.  It’s safe to say that this enrichment programme coordinated by Mr Brian Langdon provides the finest education and skills to the young students at our college. Mr Langdon himself acknowledges that seeing the students being rewarded for their hard work is pleasing, and he hopes the Penrose Rotary Club and other sponsors back the continuation of the REP programme at OTHC.





Part of REP tutor Jill Stotter's article for NZ Education Gazette
The Rotary Enrichment Programme (REP) at One Tree Hill College was developed from a reading support initiative set up by past principal Anne Dunphy and businessman Harvey Alison, representing the Penrose Rotary Club.
Seventeen years on and two very supportive principals later, REP is a well-established reading support programme that is strongly integrated into the teaching and learning programmes of One Tree Hill College and its whole school community.
The REP programme is seen by management and staff as a part of the college’s literacy delivery, and as such, students selected on the programme have ‘REP’ appear on their official college timetable.
Feedback from teachers continually reinforces the learning that takes place on REP, with teachers noticing a growing confidence in the students in their curriculum classes. This is because the REP centres on current core subject vocabulary.
Its standing in the community is now such that the selection of students takes into consideration recommendations from contributing schools, requests from parents who wish their children to be part of the REP programme, or requests from the students themselves.
Harvey Alison is still involved in the project, and the Penrose Rotary Club continues to be a major funder (ably assisted by local businesses). There is now a dedicated teacher-in-charge, Brian Langdon (an experienced classroom teacher), and a classroom dedicated for use by the programme. There are now 50 students who move through the programme each year, and 60-plus volunteer reading tutors who offer 1-1 tuition for students.
Principal Nick Coughlan says, “REP is learning at its best – a community initiative making a real difference.”