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  • Principal’s Address 29th March 2018

    29th Mar 2018

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    Last weekend I travelled to Timaru in time to see Sophie Ruffel compete in the South Island Secondary School Athletic championship. Sophie was competing in the shot putt. Also competing was Sharnae Henderson who had raced earlier in the morning. On the Sunday Keely Hill was placed third in the U15 Discus event and will now be eligible to compete in the New Zealand Secondary School Championship event to be held in December in Dunedin. Congratulations to all of our participants and thank you to Ms Leesa Bathgate for giving up her long weekend to provide this opportunity for our young athletes. For me it was great to see our students having this opportunity and enjoying the strong competition.

    Girls rugby

    This week our girls rugby players have been invited to participate in a study in conjunction with Otago University into the effects of concussion as they play their game. This is  a great opportunity for our students to learn about the risks to their well being and learn how to be involved and keep themselves safe. Thanks to Ms Hannah Sim for her support in providing this opportunity to our students.

    Meet the teacher evening

    Last week we held our meet the teacher evening. This was in response to feedback from our parents who said that they wanted the opportunity to meet the teacher who would be working with their children. At the evening on 27% of students were represented. For parents who were not able to attend and would like to discuss with individual teachers the progress of their child please do call the school to make an appointment to meet with your son/daughter’s teachers.

    I would welcome suggestions as to how we can make these events accessible to more parents. In Term 2 we will be holding our first round of student lead conferences as we did last year. I hope that we will have the same high turn out as we had in 2017 for this event.

    These conversations will be lead by the student and a discussion about their learning and the next steps for their achievement.

    Detector dog in school

    As some of you may be aware from your son/daughter, this morning we had a drug detector dog in school. This has been in response to our community wish to keep our school a safe, drug free environment. The dog and handler conducted a search of the school facilities and in so doing the dog did indicate on some personal possessions. This has lead to discussions with students and we have sought confirmation that there are no drugs in school. This has been followed up where possible with a conversation with the parent/ caregiver. The school may conduct further checks later in the year to ensure that our school is as safe as possible.

    Support with learning over the long weekends

    With one long weekend behind us and the long Easter break followed by the end of term break to follow I have been talking to students about the need to spend some time either catching up on work, completing assessments, preparing re-submissions for NCEA or preparing for their next topics. For senior students there is no complete down time for their studies until the last assessment is completed. For juniors, this is the prime time to set good work habits for their future. If parents would like suggestions please do contact individual teachers about the best way that students can plan and prepare for their success.

    ANZAC Assembly

    We will be holding our annual ANZAC assembly on Thursday 12 April. I would like to extend an invitation to parents and members of our wider community to join us as we mark this significant occasion in New Zealand’s history.

     

    Finally

    I hope that you have a safe and happy Easter. With another very short week of just three days next week the end of term will be upon us very quickly.

    Mike Wright

    Principal