We have been lucky to have enjoyed some warm weather this week which has ensured that Outdoor Ed and other field trips have been able to be completed after being postponed previously. The Year 13 Sea Kayaking trip sounded like an amazing experience and a real test of fitness and endurance. Summer sport is well underway and this has culminated in two teams competing in the Mainland Volleyball tournament today and over the weekend. Winter sports trials will be starting soon and I wish students all the best as they pursue their sporting goals and achieve personal excellence in their chosen fields.
We have a large group of students and tutors who are practising very hard for their performance in Polyfest in two weeks’ time. We look forward to seeing the results of this hard work at Fia Fia night and at Polyfest.
Many of our councils and service groups have started to make plans for what they wish to achieve this year. It is always heartening to see how civic and community minded teenagers are and eager they are to help others. Papanui High School provides them with a large number of opportunities to give back and we know that this is appreciated in our community as evidenced by our Heart Foundation collection at the end of last week.
As we approach the second half of the term, good information will start to come home regarding your progress at school so far. We encourage caregivers to participate actively in their student’s learning journey and look forward to seeing you again in face to face interviews and conferences.
Secondary Teachers Set Date For First National Strike - Thursday 16 March
Last year teachers began negotiations for their collective agreement. At Paid Union Meetings at the end of last year, members agreed on a one-day national strike if they felt there was no satisfactory progress with their collective agreement. As such all secondary school teachers in New Zealand will hold a national one-day strike on Thursday 16 March. As no PPTA members will be available for teaching duties on that day it will not be possible to run normal classes.
For any students who do attend, supervision will be arranged. Please phone the school office (on 352 6119) if you require supervision for your child.