Principal’s Address 15th September 201715th Sep 2017
Kia Ora Tatou
Attendance and achievement
This week I have been looking at a comparison between student achievement and their attendance. Below is a graph which shows that if we have student attending at least 90% of the time they are more likely to achieve. It is also interesting to note that, although not indicated on the graph, the students with higher attendance are more likely to be achieving external achievement standards whilst lower attending students will be more likely to be only doing internally assessed standards.
The message is clear, if your son/daughter is attending school they are more likely to be successful at NCEA. They will also be developing sound routines to carry forward into the world of employment and tertiary study.
Next Friday at 4pm the Technology department are opening the doors to show off the work that they do and the opportunities for students. The exhibition is also an opportunity to show employers what the school has to offer in this curriculum area. There will be students who have set up displays of work on hand to discuss their programmes of study.
Feedback from exams and parent teacher interviews
This week the majority of senior students have been sitting practice exams in preparation for the end of year assessments. Teachers have been hard at work completing the marking and will, in the next few days, be returning the marked papers with advice and feedback. Please make sure that you talk to your son/daughter about these exams and the feedback received. On Thursday 28 September there will be a parent teacher evening to provide an opportunity to discuss the next steps for learning prior to the end of year final assessments.
On Thursday 28 September we will be hosting our annual cultural competition. I would like to extend an invitation to parents and whanau to attend this event. This year the students have taken a more active role in leading the practices and the quality of performance is improving. I am looking forward to a strong competition at the end of the term.
With two weeks to the end of the term I would like to remind parent and whanau that we have the same high expectation of students with regard to behaviour and attendance as we had at the start of term. Please work with the school to ensure that your children are prepared for a full day of learning at school. Good sleep and diet habits are important to develop and maintain.
Ka kite ano