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  • Principal’s Address 3rd March 2017

    3rd Mar 2017

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    Attendance

    The school year is now in full swing and many students are settled into their course of study. However, there is a number of students who are struggling to attend school, be on time and get themselves to the right place.

    The Ministry of Education has recommended that the minimum attendance at school should be 90%. Each time a student is late, skips a class or is taken out of school by a parent is a count against attendance. This means that the student does not get the opportunity to learn, develops gaps in their knowledge and so needs to catch up.

    As parents, I am asking you to support your child so that they can realise their full potential. Please follow these simple steps:

    • Make sure that your child is prepared and ready for school each day. At Year 9 they should be independent but please do check that they are doing their part.
    • Send your child to school every day. If they are unwell make sure that it is to the degree that they will be incapable of learning and not just because it is a minor ailment.
    • When your child is not able to attend school please let us know as soon as possible. If you do not we will try to contact you via text or phone call. Please make sure that you respond.
    • DO NOT allow your child to phone in sick for themselves.
    • Being tired from a late night or playing sport is not a valid reason to be off school. This is not building resilience for young people.

    In recent years there has been an increase in the number of parents taking their child out of school to go on a family holiday. Whilst I understand the financial implications for families travelling during the school holiday time, the cost to the student and their learning is also important to consider. I would also like to remind parents that officially they are to ‘request’ to take their child out of school for a holiday by writing a letter to the Principal.

    Where travel during term time is unavoidable please do give as much notice to the school as possible so that students have the opportunity to complete assessments prior to departure and teachers can provide guidance to support students whilst they are absent.

     Finally

    Next week is the annual Year 10 Tautuku Camp. I plan to visit the camp during the week. All Year 10 students are strongly encouraged to attend the camp. Those that do not participate in the camp are expected to be in school and will continue with their learning programmes.

    Ka kite ano

    Mike Wright

    Principal