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Friday, 3rd August 2018
Kia ora tātou
Welcome back to term 3.
I had the pleasure of attending the annual Gala Concert on Tuesday night which was held in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. It was a superb showcase of our talented students from year 9 through to year 13.
I continue to be impressed by the quality of our students as they perform a wide range of musical and choral pieces. My thanks especially goes to the staff who made this evening possible and lead the groups such as Mrs Christine Myhre, Mrs Celia Finn and our itinerant staff, and the many other staff helping with the organisation of the evening.
I wish our music groups well in the KBB Festival next week.
The start of the term has been challenging for obvious reasons. Again, I would like to thank people – staff, parents and other members of our wider community – for their support through this time.
As we move forward, we will continue to monitor students’ wellbeing. Whether it is in relation to recent events or more general concerns, or questions about your child, please feel welcome to contact your child’s Dean or Assistant Dean. They can answer most questions and if not, will direct you to someone in the college who can.
As indicated in an earlier newsletter, the Board of Trustees is conducting a community consultation this term as part of its 4-yearly strategic planning. I have enclosed information about this process later in this newsletter. More information will be provided to parents when the process starts formally. The Board and I look forward to hearing your opinions on the college and how it is serving your child(ren).
You Are Responsible
In assemblies this term, we will be talking about students managing their preparation for assessments, especially as we progress to school exams later this term and NCEA exams in term 4. We will talk about study techniques and also students managing their own wellbeing.
A common concern amongst parents is the amount of time spent online, especially on a phone, by our young adults. Research shows that this is still increasing and is an issue identified by Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple.
I recently saw a webpage providing some apps that can help people (including adults) to manage their phone usage. The idea is to leverage their technology to help with this. I have attached a link to this page, which recommends six different apps. I have not used these and so cannot vouch for their effectiveness, but an initial read of them looks encouraging. Good luck.
Ngā mihi nui,
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