Published on Friday, 31 March 2017, 2:58 p.m. Print Article

Kia ora tatou The last couple of weeks have been fairly typical of the amount of extra and co-curricular activities we offer at Taieri College.  Whether it be studying glaciation at Mt Cook, tramping the Silver Peaks, mountain biking in Naseby or representing Taieri College at sport or the performing arts, it is important that students realise the importance of catching up on work missed in their other classes.  If a student is absent from class for any reason, it is their responsibility to catch up on work missed.  Assessment requirements and tight time frames quite simply don't allow teachers to continually catch up lessons because a student, or group of students have been absent.  Teachers will assist in the catch up but they are not expected to put their teaching programmes on hold because of co-curricular activities.  They quite simply don't have the luxury of time to do this.  In short this means that our busy students need to be self-managing and highly organised; traits that will hold them in very good stead for their adult life. School fees and donations are an essential part of allowing us to deliver a varied and challenging curriculum. This includes EOTC (education outside the classroom) opportunities and purchasing products that allow students to learn specific skills, for example timber for creating woodwork projects.  I would like to pass on my gratitude and appreciation to the majority of parents and caregivers who willingly pay their activity fees.  I would also like to assure our community that the money received goes directly to the activity stated on the invoice that their child is participating in.  Payments of school donations and fees do not need to be paid all at once.  A large number of parents and caregivers have contacted the college and have set up regular automatic payments to take away pressures of getting large invoices at the end of each term.  If you would like to set up an automatic payment, please contact Sue Brinsdon in our Finance Office and we will get things organised. Finally, congratulations to Mr Andrew Sutton who was named volunteer of the year at a recent Dunedin Cricket Association ceremony.  This is well-deserved recognition for the amazing work Andrew has done with cricket across the college. Noho ora mai Dave Hunter Principal

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