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  • Principal’s Report 1st June 2018

    1st Jun 2018

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    Unfortunately, I missed the deadline for last week’s newsletter! On Tuesday evening, last week, the Board of Trustees met with the Education Review Office team who had been in school the previous week. They provided some feedback and an indication of what is likely to be in the report. In general they have confirmed and endorsed the positive work of the school. They have agreed with the school goal of embedding many of the changes from the last two years into the culture of the school.

    They have identified some aspects to further develop which the senior leadership team have already started to work on and will be putting changes in place in the second half of the year.

    The feedback was extremely positive and pointed to the positive systems and curriculum within the school to support students learning and outcomes.

    The school expects to have a confirmed report from ERO in three months. Once we have received this we will be able to share more detailed feedback with our community.

    SNOB

    What a great night this was! If you have not seen the photo’s yet the students and their guests looked superb and the conduct on the night was excellent. There was a wonderful atmosphere in the hall and a lot of fun to be had by everyone. In assembly this week I congratulated the SNOB Committee on their work in organising such a great event. The help and support of all the staff and parents (both past students and present) is greatly appreciated in this social event of the year.

    In the next few weeks we will be reviewing our SNOB event and will be seeking feedback on the timing of the event in the year.

    Uniform

    Now the cooler weather has arrived I would like to remind families of the expectations regarding uniform. Hoodies are not part of the school uniform. Students can  wear a black puffer jacket, a plain black jacket or a navy  blue polar fleece for warmth during the winter and a plain navy or black beanie or scarf as required.

    Students are expected to wear the correct uniform both to and from school each day.

    Paid Union Meeting, Friday 8 June

    Early last week a letter went home to families advising that the school will not have a late start on Friday 8 June. There will be two classes of 90 minutes and then students will be released at 12:00pm. Some buses will depart at 12:10pm. Students on work experience and attending courses will attend their programme as normal.

    Supervision will be available for students where parents have made this request.

    Finally

    Last week I informed students that I have been awarded a sabbatical study award. This means that for Term 3 this year I will be absent from school and will be undertaking some study. Whilst I am away Mr Paul McDowall will be acting principal for the term. There will be some changes in the responsibilities for the senior leadership team and these will be shared with our community in the future.

    Ka kite ano

    Mike Wright

    Principal