Thank you for taking the time to come along to our recent 'Meet the Teacher Evening'. It was great to meet new families and reconnect with others. Please feel free to make contact with us around any issues or questions that you may have.
Learning has certainly changed a lot since most of us were at school. Reading was always a 'silent time' where you read and answered endless questions individually. Today, students are encouraged to connect what they know already, think about the text story in a deeper way and develop their own opinions that they can express, based on evidence. Talking is a necessary part of reading. This kind of programme develops the skills that students need not just for now, but the type of thinking that is needed to be successful down the track in NCEA and as a good learner.
Next week we will be holding parent workshops to share with you what our literacy and mathematics programmes are like and ways that you can help your child in their learning at home. It would be wonderful to have you come along and be part of this. We will also be consulting with you around different issues related to school life and the curriculum. By working together with you we can help your child to really get the most from their learning.
It is really great to see that the Year Sevens have settled in well to their new school, making new friends and feeling confident in their surroundings. We believe that having an environ- ment where students are safe, valued and happy is essential to learning.
Students have finished their initial testing. Information gathered from this will be used with students to help set their learning goals for this term. It is really important that your child knows what they need to work on, particularly in their Reading, Writing and Mathematics and how they are going to work on their goal.
We have so many talented students at our school; these are some of the recent achievements:
Daniel Gong Room 7 - Winner of the Bay of Plenty Rapid Chess Tournament - B Grade
Dominic Elliot Room 9 - Selected for the Development Squad for the National Baseball
Ishmael Cowley-Lupo, Liyann Sila, Hitanshi Tailer - Performed in the NZ International Arts Festival - 'The Big Bang' - Drumming showcase Auckland and Christchurch
Please let us know if there is something that your child has achieved that we can acknowledge them for. We love to celebrate success!
Finally, if you are keen to get involved with Netball or Hockey, we would love to hear from you. The more support that we have, the more teams we can offer.
Ko ia kaahore nei i rapu, tee kitea. He who does not seek will not find.
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