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Friday, 25th May 2018
Kia ora tātou
Two weekends ago, I attended the government’s Education Summit at the Viaduct Events Centre, along with Steve Collier (Board of Trustees Chairperson), Camilo Aristizabal Gomez (Deputy Head Boy) and Deanna Louis (Deputy Head Girl).
The summit forms part of the new Labour government’s review of education, especially NCEA, Tomorrow’s Schools, Workforce strategy, and property. There were over 800 delegates from around the North Island sharing their views on education and where it needs to go in the future. It was great to see students also there, sharing their views. Deanna and Camilo made a superb contribution.
I have included some links to the current reviews over the next few pages below. I encourage you to read these Ministry resources, and have your say.
It was a pleasure to watch so many sports teams playing in the beautiful weather on Saturday. This year, we have 50 winter teams playing, including 14 netball teams, 12 football teams, 3 rugby teams, 8 basketball teams, 4 table tennis teams, 5 hockey teams and 6 underwater hockey teams.
The Premier Netball team now play in the Auckland premier grade indoors at Morrin Road on Saturday mornings. They made a great start on Saturday beating Epsom Girls Grammar. They are a great team to watch if you are ever at the netball courts on Saturday.
Many thanks to our sports staff, Jeremy Adams and Kylie Jorgensen, for their work. Please feel free to contact them if you have any questions or concerns as we get the many teams up and running.
Parent Interviews / NCEA Progress
Thank you to the many parents and family who attended the first of our Parent-Teacher meetings on Monday. Though the meetings are brief, they are a very valuable opportunity for parents and teachers to connect. Our second meeting is next Monday, 28 May 2018.
With a number of senior internal assessments now marked, we have begun our monitoring of students’ academic progress towards NCEA. This is overseen by the Deputy Principals, Deans and Assistant Deans. The purpose of this system is to early identify students who may be struggling, and have conversations with them and their family about how we can support them to succeed.
Please remember that you can go onto the Parent Portal to get information about your child’s academic progress. Alternatively, you can contact your child’s Dean or Assistant Dean to have any questions or concerns addressed. Our pastoral team do an amazing job to support our students, and welcome any conversation about how best to support your child.
You may have seen the demolition occurring in the Quad as we install new paving, seating and gardens. This project will go a bit slower now as the contractors wait for the new seats and pavers to be specially built for the project.
We are also making steady progress on other projects around the school. We now have a final preliminary design for the new science block which the Ministry is happy for us to share with you.
View of Proposed New Science Block from the Library:
The Ministry and JASMAX have been very good to work with over the last six months and I am cautiously optimistic, though I will breathe more comfortably when the diggers are on-site next year. This preliminary plan now goes to Wellington for full approval. With that, we can proceed to a detailed design and hopefully to tender later this year.
For your information, we are also working to progress the following projects that relate to the science block development.
• new weights room architect appointed
• new tennis/netball courts aiming to construct early 2019
• multi-turf old netball courts currently seeking funding from trusts
• new garages currently designing new garage area
(behind old gym) to replace gate 3
The Board has made a $1.2 million contribution to the science block project to ensure that we get facilities significantly better than what the Ministry alone would fund. Similarly, most of the supporting projects are Board funded. In total, the Board is investing over $2 million into property projects over the next 3 years. This is thanks to parents’ donations and revenue from our international students that we have been able to invest in better facilities for our students.
Ngā mihi nui,
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