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  • Principal’s Address 3rd November 2017

    3rd Nov 2017

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    It is an exciting time as senior students approach the end of the school year. For many students this is a time spent preparing for exams and mapping out their futures. As teachers, we are working with students to finish off their year on a positive note. For our junior students our expectations around behaviour and focus in class remain as high as ever.

    Next Tuesday is the last official day for the senior students for 2017. However, there are a number of students who need a little extra help. These students are not granted study leave and will be required to be back at school to ensure they have the academic success they are capable off. In addition to this teachers will be available at set times for all other students to come into school and get the help they require to prepare for their exams. Students need to ensure they have arranged these extra tutorials with their teachers before they go on study leave as this is an extremely busy time of year for teachers and they need to plan their time carefully. I strongly recommend having a conversation with your child around their study plans and beyond the exams how they plan to keep busy and engaged.

    For junior students class continues as before. They do however have exams in week 6 and should be starting to prepare for these. Following not long after the exams are our activities days – these 2 days are an exciting and wonderful opportunity for students to experience learning outside of the classroom and will  no doubt be some of their highlights for the year.

    I would like to once again encourage all of our students to be focussed on their academic studies, to do their best and make the most of the remainder of the 2017 school year. I hope to see many of you at our senior prize-giving ceremony next Tuesday evening where we get to celebrate many of the wonderful achievements of our young people.

    Ka kite ano

    Paul McDowall

    Deputy Principal