Principal's Weekly News- 8 June 2018

I am hopeful that the extended long weekend provided students with a well timed break, and an opportunity to re-charge, as we move in to the second half of this term.  The Teacher Only Day provided an opportunity for our staff to focus on three key areas that support our Strategic Plan, which is designed to increase engagement for learning.  The three areas of focus are Wellbeing, Culturally Responsive Practice, and Digital Citizenship.  It is important that the staff have an opportunity to share best practice, and work collaboratively.  The day was very productive, and contributes to our ongoing cycle of continuous improvement to support student achievement.


Recently, I have been overseas with our Director of International Students, speaking in schools, to agents, and to families in relation to our international students.  One of my greatest pleasures is to tell people about our school and what we do here to support our students both academically and socially.  Comparatively, on an international scale, it is easy to forget just how good the New Zealand education system is.  Reflecting on this through my conversations while I was away was a subtle reminder of what wonderful opportunities are available for students, and how proud I am of what they achieve in our school.  The international student market is showing signs of strengthening again, and we are looking forward to a comparatively large intake for Term 3.

Over the weekend a number of our students/staff will be supporting the 90,000 from around New Zealand who will be taking part in this year’s 40 Hour Famine. This provides a great opportunity to think of others, and contribute to their welfare and wellbeing.

Jeff Smith