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Friday, 23rd November 2018
Kia ora tātou.
The college has got considerably quieter over the last two weeks with senior students on exam leave, and our junior students are able to spread out more. Everyone is busy as our junior students sit their end-of-year exams and staff generally plan for 2019.
Congratulations to the Science faculty and students who ran our inaugural Junior Science Expo on Tuesday night. The students had a number of displays about what they were learning and shared this with parents and family who attended the evening. It was an informative and enjoyable evening.
Community Project (MYP)
Part of the MYP framework is for students to undertake a project that provides a service to our community, so it brings the idea of service education into our junior curriculum. This year we have trialed this project with two classes.
One group raised funds for art supplies for students at Glen Taylor School and then visited the school to take art lessons there. Some other projects include working for the SPCA, arranging children’s toys and clothes for refugee mothers, and creating an information booklet about healthy lunches for primary school students.
Managing the Pressure
NCEA is a challenging time for students. Please be aware that our Deans, Assistant Deans and Guidance Counsellors are still at school and available for students (or parents/whānau) who want to talk or get any help.
Well done to our various summer sports teams who have been playing for some weeks now. Our cricket teams are going well, with teams at all levels playing well and winning. So far this term our 1st XI boys’ team are undefeated.
Paid Union Meeting
Teachers attended a PPTA paid union meeting yesterday as part of their employment contract negotiations. Their collective agreement expired at the end of September and negotiations have begun between the PPTA and the Ministry of Education. I would be very pleased if this could be resolved before Christmas. However, that is exceptionally unlikely and I anticipate disruption for New Zealand secondary schools in term 1 next year. Watch this space.
The end of year is approaching fast, which means celebrating the success of our students. I invite all parents to our junior prizegiving on Tuesday, 11th December 2018. Details about this event are included in this newsletter.
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