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Friday, 23rd March 2018
Ngā mihi nui,
My thanks to the parents, staff and volunteers who travelled with our sports teams this week to the tournaments around New Zealand. Their generosity of time is much appreciated.
Our two cricket teams (boys and girls) played locally in Auckland, as did our baseball team whom I had the pleasure of watching. Our girls’ volleyball team played in Tauranga and the rowing squad are in the South Island at Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel. Update of the results will be provided in the next newsletter.
This week we have also had a number of students out on course field trips, such as the year 12 trip to Tongariro. These trips are a great extension of what students learn in the classroom, and provide our students with richer learning experiences as part of their studies.
On a different note, I have asked Mr Robertson to provide some information about ‘vaping’ which we have spoken to students about at assembly. Unfortunately, we are still getting a small number of students vaping at school or on the way to (and from) school.
An interesting statistic is that 0% of our year 10 students regularly smoke tobacco, and over 90% have never tried. This statistic comes from ASH who conduct an anonymous survey of all year 10 students each year. This is better than other schools and is a very positive trend. It also reflects the same trend across New Zealand where we have one of the lowest smoking rates in the world.
At Glendowie College, we treat vaping in the same way as smoking. At the very least, it is too difficult to differentiate between whether a student is vaping or otherwise. I encourage you to discuss this with your child(ren), and please read the information provided by Mr Robertson below.
Now is a good time to talk with your child, especially senior students, about how she or he is coping with their workload. Internal assessments are starting to accumulate and this creates pressure on students.
All subjects should have a weekly planner that shows when assessments occur through the year, which your child can use to manage his or her work. When discussing this, it is also useful to check that your child has a clear understanding of what is necessary to achieve and to gain merit or excellence. If not, encourage him or her to talk with the teacher to get this information.
For those travelling away over Easter, I hope that you have a relaxing break and safe travel.
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