Principal's Pen

Dear Parents, Caregivers and friends of the school,

Tena Koutou Katoa Nga mihi nui Ki a Koutou Katoa,

The focus for all our students this term continues to be on achieving high levels of attainment in Reading, Writing and Mathematics, while also developing specific learning dispositions. At our regular Monday morning assembly, I reiterated to the students the importance of goal setting. I talked about the concept of intrinsic motivation, knowing what your current levels are, where you need to be and taking ownership of your learning by identifying how you are going to get there. I also talked about how our students can become actively engaged in their learning by asking four key questions in each of the three academic subjects:
These are:

  • What is the purpose of the task I am being asked to perform?

  • How am I going to be assessed on how successful I have been?

  • How have I achieved this task?

  • What are my next learning steps?

As parents and caregivers, I encourage you to actively participate in the learning of your child by asking these questions at home. Take the time to ask your child what, for example, their reading level is. Engage with them in what the gaps are in their learning and if you have any concerns about your child’s learning, contact your child’s teacher. This will encourage discussion about learning and continue to develop the partnership between home and school. As always, should you have any questions about the academic, social or emotional development of your child, please contact the classroom teacher.  Effective learning happens when everyone; child, teachers, family and whānau are working together towards achieving the shared goals.
It was encouraging to see so many parents attend our Assessment and Reporting evening last night.  With the removal of National Standards it is important that we are proactive as a school rather than reactive to Government lead policy around assessment.  I trust that those parents who attended found the presentation  informative and worthwhile.  Andrew Milne and I will be holding parent forums in Term 2 to seek feedback on the new report format and will continue to make adjustments before the end of the year and into 2019.
To conclude this newsletter, I would like to congratulate our Year 7 Girls Football team who won their zone tournament on Monday, 28 May beating Northcote Intermediate 1-0 in the final. Well done girls!
Enjoy your Queen’s Birthday weekend and remember that the school is closed on Tuesday, 5 June so that our teachers are able to attend the first Kahui Ako (Community of Learning) conference at Takapuna Grammar School.

Warm regards,
Nga mihi nui,

Nick Hill