Principal's Weekly Review 20 November 2020

Principal's Weekly Review 20 November 2020

Kia ora,

On Monday night I attended the final PTA meeting for the year.  I would like to thank the parents who are involved for their continued support of the school.  Whether it be helping out at the various events we hold, running uniform sales, raising funds to support students, or being a sounding board for ideas and initiatives this school undertakes, your input is greatly appreciated.  In particular I would like to acknowledge those parents who are leaving the PTA this year after many years of service to the school.  I thank them for their ongoing support, and wish them well.  It is important that we are able to get regular feedback from our local community, and this group provides a forum for this to happen.  

NCEA exams have now started for our senior students.  It is nice for Year 9 and 10 students to have the school to themselves for a little while.  It is important to maintain a strong focus on engagement to support their learning for the remaining three weeks of the school year.  During this time conversations will take place through various forums to help set the scene for the transition of Year 9 to Year 10, and Year 10 into an NCEA focused Year 11.

Over the remainder of the term we can look forward to the opportunity for some students to go on the Year 10 Outdoor Education Camps, Activity Day, and finishing with the Year 9 and 10 Prize giving on Thursday 10th December.

I would like to thank and acknowledge our junior school for their contribution to Work Day on Thursday.  This was held to raise funds to support Ronald McDonald House through the sponsorship of the Teenager Room, which the school aims to raise $10,000 annually for.  Earlier in the year senior students held a similar fundraising event.

Last Thursday afternoon the Tōtaranui Kāhui Ako held its annual Cultural Festival at Casebrook Intermediate.  The afternoon consisted of cultural and musical performances from our cluster schools.  There was a very good community response to this through their attendance, all the students involved can be congratulated for their contribution.

Also last Thursday, the school participated in the PPTA Accord Day.  I would like to thank our community for their understanding, as the school needed to be closed for tuition.  This allowed our staff to engage in the very important first stage of Professional Development, which is linked to the future changes for NCEA.  

Ngā mihi nui 

Jeff Smith

Principal

 

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