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  • Principal’s Address 18th October 2019

    21st Oct 2019

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    Welcome to the first newsletter of the fourth and final term of 2019. This week has seen the start of the senior practice exams. At the risk of repeating myself, students should be treating these exams as seriously as the real exams as the results may be called upon if your son/ daughter has an impaired performance in the final exams starting in November.

    Teachers will be providing feedback and parents are encouraged to check in on the live reports. All students are encouraged to attend the practice exams to experience the formal assessment procedure which we endeavour to make as real as possible.

    For junior students there will be end of year assessments coming up very soon. I recommend that students start talking to teachers in the next few weeks about what that end of year assessment is likely to be covering.

     Measles vaccination

    Thank you to all the parents/ whanau who have provided evidence of immunity. I know at the end of last term the response had been excellent. If you have yet to provide this evidence it would be appreciated if you could do this as soon as possible.

    Whilst the number of cases appears to be declining there continues to be a risk. I encourage parents/ whanau of senior students to ensure that immunisation details be sent through as a priority in the chance that there are issues during the senior exam period.

     Finally:

    We are aware that during the course of the year some families move house or change phone numbers. It is important for the school to have the correct contact information for families. We use the cell phone numbers to text absences and will also call in cases of emergency. If the details are not correct the school may be placed in a very difficult position as it endeavours to respond to urgent situations.

    If you are unsure if we have the correct contact information please call the school office to confirm that we hold the correct details on our records.

    Ka kite ano

    Mr Mike Wright

    Principal