Principal's Weekly Message

Kia Ora Whanau

The end of Week 6 officially leaves us with four weeks of learning

left until the next school holidays begin. When I reflect on what

we have coming up in those four weeks, we certainly have an

action-packed finish to the term. We have the usual Super 11

Inter-Intermediate Sports events each Friday, which we will be

represented at by some very keen and committed students. We

have the Technology Intensives Extension Programme returning

in the last week, which provides some students with the chance

to extend their learning in a specific area of technology. We

have our annual and traditional Gisborne Exchange which has

always been a highlight of our calendar. This event occurs in

Week 9 of the term and we are preparing to take away a large

team of competitors as the 2021 version of the exchange is held

in Gisborne. A huge thanks to all the staff who are making these

events possible and to the parent coaches who are also assisting

us.

Lastly we have our Mid Year Parent Teacher Interviews which is

a chance to discuss the fantastic work your children have been

doing with their classroom teacher. At this hui, you will also

receive your child’s mid year report.

I have been fortunate to be in attendance at the New Zealand

Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools (or NZAIMS)

National Conference this week. To be able to meet with fellow

Intermediate School Principals and educational leaders

passionate about middle school education, has been a very

rewarding and inspiring experience. The emerging adolescent is

a vital age group within our education system. To have schools

solely focussed on all the needs of this particular age group is

something that the country can be proud of. Our staff possess

the skills that are needed for these two year levels to embed the

students' engagement with learning. Experiences and

opportunities are provided with a focus on encouraging them to

try something new. We take this commitment very seriously and

aim to make these years at this school the best adventure in

town. We look forward to seeing whanau throughout the year

as we make this commitment a reality for the tamariki of our

school.

Nga Mihi,

 

Mike Webster