Principal's Weekly Review.  1st February 2019

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the first edition of the PapaCommunity News for 2019.  I hope the holiday period has provided an opportunity for students to have a restful and enjoyable break.


I would particularly like to welcome our new Year 9’s, transferring Year 10 - 13 students, adult ESOL students, international students, and staff, to the school.


This newsletter is emailed home to parents/caregivers, and students each week.  Its aim is to give you up-to-date information on a weekly basis about the general happenings within the school.   We will also use this forum to highlight recent student achievement, and significant up-coming events.


Last Tuesday we had our traditional powhiri.  This is our way of formally welcoming all new students and staff to the school.  I would like to thank the large number of family and whānau who were present to support their child into high school.  Following this, we moved into our orientation programme, which is particularly important for transitioning our Year 9 students.  I am very grateful to the Year 13 Peer Support leaders for their involvement in supporting the Year 9’s.  The initial three day programme is about integrating the students into the school’s systems, culture, and expectations.  The Peer Support programme continues on throughout the first term.

Part of the orientation process was the Year 9 Wednesday ‘meet and greet’ bbq evening.  This gave an opportunity for an informal gathering where family and whānau met the Form Teacher, and subject teachers, of their child’s class. This was very well attended, and I thank those who were able to be there.

Wednesday and Thursday saw the remaining year levels return to school, briefly, to allow us the opportunity to welcome them back, and start the process of analysing our student numbers.  Student numbers are particularly important because we need to assess class sizes and viability as we move to finalise the student timetables.  Our returning numbers have been very good, particularly in the senior school, with more students deciding to stay at school and build on their success.  The school timetable is based on maximizing subject choice on a majority “best fit” basis. We have put on some additional classes, and some “re-shuffling” has taken place. The greater majority of student timetables are now set.  Next week we will see a settling in process, and the remaining timetables confirmed.


I look forward to the year ahead. 

Jeff Smith