Principal's Weekly Review 10th May 2019

Last Saturday our students participated in the Pasifika Polyfest Celebration, and what an outstanding performance they produced, this was a rescheduled event following its postponement from March in Term 1.  It was fantastic to see so many schools still being able to participate in this, particularly as it clashed with a large number of Saturday winter sports.  It was great to see all schools having pride in their performances showcasing joy, happiness, and Pasifika flair.

I would like to sincerely thank our parents, whānau, and caregivers for supporting the Academic Conference Day held last Thursday. As a school we are hugely appreciative of your commitment to the shared responsibility of supporting our students to achieve to the best of their ability.  I would also like to acknowledge the students and staff for the parts they play in this conferencing process. With upwards of approximately 90% attendance the day was an outstanding success.  Having an opportunity to discuss students’ academic progress, and identifying the steps that can be taken to support and improve their achievement is critical to their ongoing success. 

The Music Department’s annual tour of Intermediate schools was held on Wednesday.  The Jazz Band, Flute Ensemble, and the Concert Band performed at three local schools.   These visits provide an opportunity to showcase both the talented music students,and promote the school to our community.

On Friday our Year 12 students attended the Careers Expo at Horncastle Arena.  This is part of broadening our students’ understanding of life beyond school. The day provided a wonderful opportunity to support students’ thinking and planning in relation to their future, complementing the timing of the Academic Conference day.

I have started the process of visiting our contributing schools this past week by going to see the Year 8 students at Breens Intermediate.  Accompanying me are student leader representatives from both Year 9 and Year 13, who have been past students of the school.  Next week we will visit Casebrook, Belfast, and Heaton as part of our preparation for our Open Night on Tuesday 21st May. The feedback is extremely positive, and the students are wonderful ambassadors for our school.

In finishing, I would like to acknowledge the senior students who have contributed through the Senior Work Day, as the first step of our fundraising this year, for Ronald McDonald House.

Jeff Smith