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  • Principal’s Address 8th September 2017

    8th Sep 2017

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    This week has seen a significant number of students out of school participating in a range of sporting activities throughout the South Island. Currently we do not have all of the results but we have been kept informed of the progress of a number of teams who have performed extremely well. As I said last week, the support and work of the volunteers who provide these opportunities for our students is greatly appreciated.

    Volunteer Breakfast

    Early in Term 4 we are going to be hosting a breakfast for the volunteers who have supported our students in their participation in a range of sporting activities. This is a small way in which we can acknowledge the significant contribution that has been made during the season. Invitations will be sent out later this month and I look forward to hosting the volunteers at their special breakfast.

    SOAP Targets

    Last week students were spoken to about their SOAP targets and a number of students have been advised that they need to raise their achievement in the following weeks up to the end of term or risk being called back to catch up on work during the next holidays. The school has received some feedback and we have reviewed our process with regard to how this is communicated to students and will be changing our process in the future. We apologise for any upset that may have been caused.

    For students who are exceeding their SOAP targets we will be hosting our Achievers Breakfast later this term. I look forward to meeting students and parents at this event to celebrate their hard work during this year.

    Senior exams

    Starting on Monday we have our senior exam week. Students have been reminded of the importance of these exams and the need to treat them as seriously as the end of year exams. Should students performance be impaired in the November exams the results from these exams will be the evidence of student achievement.

    Students are expected to attend exams in uniform. They will also be able to study at home when they do not have exams. They may choose to study in the school library but this will not be a social area.

    This year as a trial, prior to exams there will be fresh fruit and drinks provided free of charge to exam students. This is not a meal but some light refreshments prior to the start of their exams.

    For students who are feeling stressed and anxious they are encouraged to speak to their class teacher for assistance and support. Also the Deans and Mrs Bloxham are available to support students who are particularly anxious.

    RYDA Driver training

    We have been offered a free driver training programme for all Year 12 students on Tuesday 26 September. Having had students participate in this programme a few years ago they reported back the immense benefit of participation. The course features a combination of practical sessions as well as discussion topics. Students will be accompanied by professional driver trainers as well as partnership with the police.

    Following discussion with the Board of Trustees the full cost of this will be covered by the school. The learning experience for our young drivers and passengers is invaluable.

    Ka kite ano

    Mike Wright 

    Principal