Published on Friday, 16 March 2018, 1:34 p.m. Print Article

Kia ora tatou It was pleasing to see a good number of parents attend our Teacher/Parent interviews on Monday night.  It is always helpful for us to openly share information on how things are going in the classroom with home.  I thank all parents and caregivers who gave up their time this week.  When home and school work together as a team, we can be so much more effective in improving student achievement. We have now started our “NCEA Boost” tutorials.  I thoroughly recommend these sessions for NCEA students to catch up, keep up or do extra, towards their NCEA workloads.  With so many off site activities taking place, including field trips, PE trips, outdoor education camps etc. there is real danger that students start falling behind in their other subject requirements. These sessions are an ideal opportunity to get back on track with school work.  They are also an opportunity for students to push their grades from Achieved, to Merit and Excellence.  Staff from specific curriculum areas will be on hand to provide extra support around NCEA.  “Boost” sessions will be held in the College Library on Wednesday afternoons from 3.15pm to 4.30pm. A large team of triathletes travelled to Port Chalmers on Wednesday for the Otago Primary Schools triathlon.  We achieved some excellent results with Georgia McHutchon winning the Year 7 girls’ race and Corey Reid gaining third place in the Year 8 boys’ event.  I understand that if some marshals were paying more attention Corey’s result may have been even better. Overall a fantastic effort and well done to all involved. Congratulations also to our Girls’ 1st XI cricket team.  They have now strung together their third win in a row with a comprehensive victory over Columba on Wednesday.  They are playing some high-quality cricket and I wish them well in their next fixture against Blue Mountain. The weather played its part on Wednesday for our inaugural Kaye Field picnic.  As part of our “social inclusion” campaign, students and staff spent their second break eating, lounging, listening to music and sharing each other’s company in a pleasant and cordial atmosphere.  The intention of the day was to bring the entire college together in a relaxed and informal manner . Thanks to the obliging weather and the attitude of those involved, it proved to be a great success. Noho ora mai Dave Hunter PRINCIPAL

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