Principal’s Address 17th August 201817th Aug 2018
Kia Ora Tatou
We have had some issues of late with students not bringing their devices to school. Whilst we have equipped each classroom with a small number of spares if too many students don’t bring their devices then some miss out. This makes it very difficult for teachers to plan their lessons to include the use of chrome books. I would ask that you remind your child each night to charge their chrome book and to make sure they take it to school each day. If there is an issue with the chrome book not functioning properly please get your child to check in with the school for some advice. Alternatively, if finances are an issue please contact your child’s dean or the Senior Leadership team and we will work with families to ensure young people do not miss out.
It is a legal requirement for schools to record a student’s attendance. If a student is out of school for any reason please let the office know as soon as possible. Alongside this is an issue with students being late to class. One of the worst periods for this is first period. Please work with your child to ensure they are getting to school well before the classes start at 8.40. We do not want them missing out on important learning time.
Our next conference day is due at the end of this term. To best prepare for this now is a good time to start the discussions with your son or daughter. Ask how each class is going, what they are learning, are they meeting their academic goals? For senior students ask them to show you how they intend to pass NCEA or get their endorsements – what are exact standards they need to get or where the gaps are? These discussions encourage students to take ownership of their learning and the research suggests this is a powerful tool for young people and significantly improves their chances of success. Further information about how to book a conference will be available to parents in the coming week
Mr Paul McDowall