Principal's Weekly Review 22 February

Monday evening saw the first PTA meeting for the year.  Mr Vannoort attended in my absence and noted it was great to see a large number of new parents joining the committee, particularly from Year 9.  We would also like to acknowledge the parents who have come back to support the school for another year.  The PTA is a very valuable component within our school structure, and I am appreciative of their contribution and their comments, as a sounding board in relation to current and future initiatives that the school seeks feedback about.


Week 4 is now complete, and staff and students will be well and truly settling in to the routine of teaching and learning.  Year 9 and 10 students have received their Engagement Reports, and Year 11 to 13’s were completed last Wednesday.  We know when students are engaged in their learning, they give themselves the greatest opportunity to succeed.


Learning beyond the four walls of a classroom is an important component of what we do here.  The opportunity to include authentic and enhanced learning opportunities is critical to support student engagement, and to potentially see the ‘bigger picture’ of what the learning means and/or where it might fit with their future aspirations.  Alongside class curriculum is the school’s co-curricular programme, which is also gather momentum as the various councils and committees are under way, and students become involved in an extensive range of activities.


As we near the end of February, we are reminded that we are vulnerable to a range of weather conditions in Christchurch.  We’ve certainly had some hot weather over the last month, and this weekend reminds us how quickly a southerly change can occur.  When weather conditions are adverse, we will do our best to inform the school community as quickly as possible.  If this is going to affect the school day; in the first instance information will be posted on the school’s website, followed by the school app.  In extreme situations we would potentially also email and text message.


On a positive note, when the weather has been fine, it has been nice to see students relaxed at break times, playing games, and or sitting in groups enjoying the sunshine.


Jeff Smith