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  • Principal’s Address 22nd September 2017

    22nd Sep 2017

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    Senior exams

    The practice exams are now over and senior students will have been receiving feedback on their performance. It is important that students take careful note of the feedback in preparation for the end of year assessments. Parents, please note, as has been communicated the grades awarded in these practice assessments may be used if students are unable to sit the exams in November or have an impaired performance.

    As a school we are reviewing our systems to cater for the needs of senior students and in particular those who have few or no external exams at the end of the year. We do want to make this time meaningful and valuable for all students so do expect to be making some changes for 2018.

    Parent teacher interviews

    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. If you are the parent of a senior student please do make sure that you prioritise this time to come and speak to the teachers about how to ensure your child’s success in the lead up to the end of the year.

    Student Drivers

    This week we have had a visit from the police to talk to senior students about their responsibilities regarding driving and alcohol. As a school we are sometimes made aware of instances where students driving and in breach of their licence.

    In these instances we often inform the police. Please do help keep our young people safe by talking to them regularly about their responsibilities as both drivers and potential passengers.

    RYDA driver training

    A reminder that next week all of our Year 12 students will be out for the RYDA driver training. I look forward to hearing the feedback from students following this event.

    Technology exhibition

    This exhibition of student work and opportunity to meet potential new employees of the future is on tonight starting at 4pm until 6:30pm. I do hope that you will be able to join us for this event.

    Cultural competition

    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.

    Finally

    With one week to go I know that a lot of students are getting tired. Please do continue to work to support our young people to ensure that their end of term is a positive finish.

    Ka kite ano

    Mike Wright 

    Principal