|In reading 56% of all students made accelerated progress! This means that they made more than the expected progress for their level, moving from one National Standard to a higher classification. For example they may have been 'Below National Standard' at the beginning of the year and are now 'At National Standard', or 'At Standard and now 'Above Standard'.|
In writing 44% of students made accelerated progress and 55% in mathematics. It takes a lot of hard work by students and teachers to see this kind of acceleration. As you will be aware, the expectations in each learning area are higher at the end of the year than the beginning, making progress that is higher than expectation is something to celebrate.
Our students make more progress in these areas than similar schools across New Zealand. We would love for you to join us to celebrate the many achievements of our students at our Awards Assembly held next Wednesday 10 December at 1pm and our Year 8 Graduation on Thursday 12th December at 1:30pm.
Congratulations to our School Choir who performed recently at the APPA Choir Festival held at the Auckland Town Hall. The Choir demonstrated great commitment and talent throughout the year. I felt very proud watching them perform. Special thanks to Ms Sarah Valintine for her wonderful coaching.
Our Culture groups, including Indian Dance group, Pasifika groups and Kapa Haka, performed on Saturday at the Eden Albert Cultural festival, held at Rocket Park. They did a fabulous job representing our school and celebrating culture! Special thanks to Ms Pushpa Bishwa, Mrs Toreka Brain and Whaea Jackie-Jade Ruri for their work all year with these groups.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in our recent Year 8 camp. It was great to have the support and help of so many parents, siblings and wider whanau. A highlight for me was seeing students encouraging and helping each other to meet new challenges in the team events. There were some special moments where students faced fears of heights or balance and found out that they could do it! Next year, Year 8 camp will take place during the first week of Term 2. This will allow us to build on the valuable experiences and learning throughout the year. Please look out for an information letter regarding this before the end of term.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the work of our wonderful staff who pour their heart and energy into making our school the best it can be for your children. As we know, children who feel happy, safe and valued, learn. This is evident in the consistency of our excellent results.
Thank you for your support this year with initiatives, coaching, Hangi, workshops, events, art week, athon, trips, camps...etc.. it is really valued and appreciated. We look forward to continuing to work with you next year to support your children and help them achieve their goals and flourish at Intermediate School.
Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te tau hou - Season’s greetings for Christmas and the New Year.