Principal's Weekly Review 16th October 2020

Principal's Weekly Review 16th October 2020

Kia ora,

 Welcome to Term 4.

 We all know that we are into the start of the busy end of the year, where senior students in particular, need to be focused on the upcoming NCEA examinations, and important deadlines need to be met.  With such little time left (last day for seniors is Wednesday 11th November), it is timely to give a boost of encouragement to senior students to complete those last internal assessments, and to prioritise their focus on the upcoming exams. 

 Friday saw the annual ‘Pappies’ (Level 1 to Level 3 English Media – short films), Media Awards.  Once again the  red carpet was rolled out, and we were able to enjoy the visual results of that hard work.  This also included a number of awards which were handed out throughout the evening.  I would like to thank and acknowledge staff and our community for supporting and attending.

 One of the real pleasures at this time of the year is being able to see and acknowledge student success.  Often this is done through formal events.  But it is equally important to recognise and understand that a students’ success on an individual level doesn’t necessarily mean a ‘first place’.  For many students, their achievement is measured on a personal level, and is a result of having high expectation to do their best, and take responsibility for their own outcomes.  In understanding and acknowledging this, students position themselves for a positive outlook on life that is both full of possibilities and rewards.

 Over the next four weeks there are a number of exciting and entertaining evening events, ranging from next Tuesday’s Sports Awards, the Soiree on Wednesday, the Māori and Pasifika Awards on Thursday, and the Senior Art Exhibition, Awards and Auction on the 5th of November.  I am looking forward to these events as we continue to showcase our exceptionally talented and successful students.

Below is a flyer advertising the Tōtaranui Kahu Ako Cultural Festival.  This is a collection of local schools and Early Childhood Centres that collaborate together as a Community of Learners. The Cultural Festival is an opportunity to celebrate our students showcasing music and dance. I warmly invite you to come along to Casebrook Intermediate between 4.00pm and 7.00pm on Thursday 19th November. 

I am sure we will all be waiting in interest to see the election outcome and the make-up of our new Government following voting closing on Saturday night. 

Totaranui Col Evening 2020

 Ngā mihi

Jeff Smith


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