Principal’s Address 2nd August 20192nd Aug 2019
Kia Ora Tatou
This week has been a busy week with students preparing for the production and a new permanent screen being built on the stage. The change in the weather is a timely reminder for parents to make sure that students have the correct uniform. The main areas that we are finding challenging are:
- Students not having a plain black or navy jacket
- Students wearing hoodies
- Incorrect shoes, these should be plain black polishable shoes.
The support from home to get the uniform correct is appreciated.
During the holidays the school was informed that the Ministry was going to provide additional funding to upgrade not just the science labs in the Pomahaka Block but also the Maths rooms and facilities throughout the whole block. The Board have also agreed to look to purchase new furniture for the block. Currently we are awaiting confirmation from the building contractor for a start date for the work but I am optimistic that by the start of 2020 students will be walking into a newly refurbished teaching area equipped with modern facilities and new equipment. This has been a long journey to get this far and it is a very exciting development.
Tournament week will soon be upon us. This week the Board approved a number of teams travel and safety plans in preparation for the annual winter tournaments which start on 2 September. I would like to remind parents, coaches and managers as well as students that the opportunity to play is based upon commitment to school, this includes behaviour and achievement. The ability for a student to be part of a team is not a right but a privilege to be earned. Whilst we encourage students to participate, this can not be at the expense of their primary purpose of attending school, to get an education and become good citizens. Support to work with our young people in encourage them is greatly appreciated.
For the last couple of weeks we have been having issues with the EFTPOS machine in the school canteen. As of yesterday we think we have resolved the issues. However, we have noticed a slight trend of students bringing into school fizzy drinks and also energy drinks. It is worth noting that this week the Countdown supermarket chain has now volunteered to stop selling ‘energy’ drinks to young people under the age of 16. This is to be applauded. As teachers we notice changes in students behaviour as their moods change following the consumption of high sugar and high caffine drinks.
In a summary report from the Education Review Office which I read this week they are reporting: ‘ Young people told us that even though they knew what to do, they were not always able to make healthy choices…….They were restricted in their ability to make healthy nutritional choices by the food that was available to them…..The availability od cheap, unhealthy food tempted students to make poor choices, despite what they knew was healthy’ The report, most importantly, then went on to say:
‘To effectively change behaviour, parents, whanau, local government and the wider community need to work together to support children and young people with opportunities to make the best choices for their health and well being’.
Wrap up warm as it looks like the weekend is going to be a real wintery couple of days!
Ka kite ano
Mr Mike Wright