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  • Principal’s Address 9th March 2018

    9th Mar 2018

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    In the last week we have had a number of students competing in a variety of sports. On Monday morning it was so good to hear not just the sporting results but also receive an e-mail saying not just how well our students performed but the respectful way they supported their friends and the opposition who the students had been competing against. In assembly on Tuesday I reflected with the school how the students who participated in these events had demonstrated our three values:

    • Respect: For the opposition and their peers in supporting both team mates and other competitors
    • Excellence: By achieving to a high standard and if not winning at least performing with personal excellence
    • Perseverance: By continuing to train and when the going got tough during an event to keep on trying to win and perform to their best.

    A full report on these sporting activities appears elsewhere in this newsletter. Congratulations to all participants.

     NCEA Success

    Also in Tuesdays assembly we started to recognise those students who gained endorsements in NCEA L1-L3. As there are so many we did not get all the presentations made! Once all students have received their certificates we will publish a full report in our newsletter.

     Complaints procedure

    Each year the school needs to publicise to our community the process for raising concerns or complaints. In the February 23rd Newsletter Cath Bloxham provided guidance in student support and strategies to raise concerns. This week we have attached a copy of the complaints process for our community to follow to raise concerns.

      SNOB Payments

    On 25 May we will be holding our annual SNOB. I know that the student council have started their planning for this social event. This week I have issued a letter to all students with regard to expectations of both attendance, attitude to school and the payment of co-curricular fees. A copy of this letter has been re-printed in the newsletter to make clear to members of our community our expectations for all students.

     Easter

    Easter is now a few weeks away and it is timely to remind parents that the school will be closed for:

    • Good Friday 30 March
    • Easter Monday 2 April
    • Easter Tuesday 3 April

    These dates are mandated by the Government

     Finally

    This week I have been collating the feedback from the Year 9 Student and Parent survey. Thank you to all people who responded your responses are valued. On Tuesday the winner of the Warehouse voucher was drawn and presented to Alyssa Batt. Congratulations!

     Quotes from the survey of what students like:

    • Friendly environment
    • The variety of choices sporting etc.
    • The friendly students and teachers
    • There are library books to get out
    • Working with older ones (Students)

    Parents quotes:

    • A very positive start to the year.
    • Thank you for making it so easy for my child to transition from primary to high school
    • Great start – kids have been very happy
    • Kids were well prepared and excited, thank you

    Ka kite ano

    Mike Wright

    Principal