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  • Principal’s Address 9th February 2018

    9th Feb 2018

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    This week has seen students settling into their courses. As senior students work with their teachers they will be receiving a course outline. These provide important information to parents to assist with planning and budgeting. If your son/ daughter has not shown you their course outlines please ask them for a copy or contact the class teacher for this information.

    For junior students it has been good today to visit some of the classes and see that students are settled and engaged with their learning. Parents of junior students, please talk to your son/ daughter about their work and what they are learning. Your interest in their education is important as it provides motivation and support for your child.

    School ANZAC assembly

    At the start of year a planner was sent home for all students with the major events. As the year progresses there will be some date changes and additions. The first of these is a new date for the school ANZAC Assembly which will now be on Thursday 12 April at 8:40am Parents are invited to this event and we will publish the details closer to the time.

    PB4L

    As many parents are aware we have been preparing for thr oll out of Positive Behaviour for Learning for the last year. Last week each students was issued with a ‘REP Card’ to record their positive behaviour. The REP Card recognises the students efforts to work towards our values of:

    • Respect
    • Excellence
    • Perseverance

    We expect each student to gather four signatures on each card when they have demonstrated one of these values. The card will be collected and once each student has 12 recognitions of a value they will be issued a badge for that value. I am looking forward to seeing the first recipients of their badge this year.

    MUFTI

    Each year the school holds a series of mufti days, typically these are a fund raising activity for a charity or worthy cause. This year we are going to be seeking a commitment to make a donation for that cause. This means that if your son/ daughter chooses to wear mufti on that day they will be expected to make a donation. If they do not wish to make a donation then they will need to be in uniform.

    Resilience

    A recent news item caught my attention with the headline:

    The academic achievement of New Zealand children from some backgrounds is declining by at least 1 percentage point a year, an OECD report claims.

    The item focussed on a study into what different countries do to ensure success in reading and writing. The study measured whether students were doing well and could therefore be regarded as “resilient”. According to the report, the percentage of resilient students provided an indication of the quality of a country’s schooling system.

    While the New Zealand score was the same as the OECD average, it came behind Australia’s 29 percent and well below Hong Kong and Macau, the highest scoring regions, where more than 50 percent of students did well.

    Regular school attendance and participation in extra-curricular activities were strongly associated with resilience in New Zealand students.

    From this I believe that we all have a duty to encourage our children to participate in the wider life of the school. I know that many of our students will be participating in the forthcoming athletics events. As parents, please encourage your son/daughter to get involved and do not condone truancy by allowing them to have a day off. This report shows that there is a benefit to academic success.

    Finally

    I would like to acknowledge the success of four of our students who have been participating in the New Zealand Touch Nationals. They are: Keaun Owen, Kobe Thomson, Ben Smart and Jonty Sopp. Congratulations to you all and I look forward to hearing the results of this event when you return.

    Ka kite ano

    Mike Wright – Principal