Principal’s Address 20th September 201920th Sep 2019
Kia Ora Tatou
We are at the penultimate week of the term and it is a time when senior students are starting to feel the pressure with completing internal assessments and preparing for the practice assessments which will be completed in the first two weeks of the fourth term.
Whilst this is important for senior students, it is also appropriate for junior students; time management and self discipline in terms of organising study is critical to success. This means managing school work, sporting commitments, leisure and after school work. For students that continue to tertiary study, time management is essential to support success.
Whilst at school we can support students, on occasion, to change deadlines because of external commitments, this is very unlikely at University of Polytechnic or even employment. A friend who oversees apprentices once told me that if the trainee does not complete the paperwork as part of their apprenticeship they will be taken off the jobs and made to complete the assessment work required.
The lesson to learn here is that managing time to complete assessments and documentation is a student responsibility. In life beyond school there are definite consequences which could include jeopardising higher qualifications or employment.
In the media this week is the first confirmed case of measles in Dunedin. On Tuesday letters were sent home advising parents that the Board is now asking for evidence of vaccination or immunity. Thank you to those families who have already provided this information. Our aim is to have the whole school recorded by the end of term next Friday.
Whilst ten weeks at school have certainly flown by the term has been very busy. I know that students are tired and for some there is anxiety over their studies. The two week break is a good time to take a break but it is also a good time to put in some extra study. This improves confidence and preparedness for the end of year assessments and also the short fourth term, just 8 weeks.
Last Friday was the culmination of Maori Language Week. Once again the school Kapa Haka group was called upon to perform, this time outside The Warehouse. Their performance was well received and we appreciate the donation received which will support future activities of the group.
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright