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  • Principal’s Report 3rd August 2018

    3rd Aug 2018

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    Greetings

    30 day challenge

    I spoke in assembly earlier this week about students trying something new for 30 days. We want to encourage young people to open their eyes to new opportunities, to build their self-esteem and resiliency. There is a fantastic TED talk that can be found at

     

    In this 30 day challenge students can do something to make their lives better like:

    • Read for 30 minutes every day
    • Say “Hi” to someone new every day
    • Walk to school
    • Ask their teacher a question

    Alternatively students can remove something in order to make a positive change like:

    • No screens after 9pm
    • No fizzy drinks
    • 30 minutes a day max of social media

    A number of the staff are also attempting this 30 day challenge. My personal goal is not to play candy crush for 30 days. Please talk to your child about their idea for a 30 day challenge – feel free to join them and do 1 of your own. This is a great chance for our school community to do something positive and there is strength in numbers.

     

    Uniform Survey

    Just a reminder the uniform survey has been sent to parents and students to have their say on the possibility of adding a hoodie to the school uniform. The survey closes soon and I encourage people with an opinion on this to respond ASAP. A final decision will be made by the BoT when all of the responses have been collated.

    Senior Exams

    I would encourage students and parents to sit together and review where students are at academically. For seniors it is especially important to identify how they plan to get NCEA. If they are unsure or you want to discuss this concern please contact their tutor teacher and discuss this. Students will be having these conversations in their tutor groups.

    Part of this planning is for senior exams in week 8. This year we have made a change to the way we run senior exams. Year 11 students will not be getting study leave for the school based practice exams. We feel that their time would be better spent preparing for those exams in class with their teachers. Year 12 and 13 students will be given study leave. However, there are a number of students who have very few or no exams. I would hope that these students spend their time productively by engaging in some work experience or helping out around home. The school will be running extra courses for students identified as being at risk of not getting NCEA.

    Mr Paul McDowall

    Acting Principal