Principal's Weekly Review 14 May 2021

Principal's Weekly Review 14 May 2021

Kia ora,

 On Tuesday evening we held our Senior Parent Teacher night, and I would like to thank the large number of whānau/caregivers who were able to attend.  We hope you found this evening supportive as part of our on-going attempts to provide information and an ongoing opportunity to gain a greater understanding  of the progress your child is making by talking with their subject teachers. 

On Thursday the school participated in the second PPTA Accord Day.  I would like to thank our community for their understanding, as the school needed to be closed for tuition to allow our staff to engage in the very important Professional Development linked to the future changes for NCEA.  There are two further Accord Days scheduled for 2021, one day each in August, and November.

A number of Year 12 students attended the Careers Expo at the Christchurch Arena on Friday.  This 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.

 As part of our preparation for Open Night I have been visiting our major contributing schools with a couple of representatives from the head student team, and Year 9 who are past students of each school.  Our aim is to answer questions that are important for the Year 8 students who are looking to attend our school next year.  These questions generally focus around how the school operates, what sort of things you can do here, and how our transition process works including the orientation and Peer Support programme.  I would like to congratulate those students that have spoken on behalf of the school in these visits, and acknowledge what wonderful ambassadors they are.  Next week our music students will tour some of these schools and showcase their talent while also reinforcing what opportunities are available at Papanui High School. 

Next Wednesday we have an opportunity to share the evening with our Pasifika community through our Fono night.   We look forward to seeing many of you there. 

 Ngā mihi nui

Jeff Smith



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