Hi Mihi Nui Kia Koutou
Hello, Greetings to you all. This will be the last newsletter of term two, an 11 week term that seems to have now preceded us with some haste. We are now essentially half way through the 2015 academic year and I trust your children are able to both look back on some great achievements and look forward to opportunities to come.
Student Led Conferences
Our first reporting event of next term will be our student led conferences in week 4. Student led conferences are now an established part of how we report to parents and one where students take a lead role. This is a process that we continue to refine and grow as a student centred reporting tool. Details in regard to date and time will follow early next term.
Mathematics Learning Story
Further to reporting, you should all now be in receipt of your child’s mathematics learning story. This being in a similar format to the reading learning story received last term. If you haven’t already, please take time to access your child’s eportfolio site, view the learning exemplar, read the comment in relation to achievement against National Standards and place feedback in regard to the learning you witness.
No doubt you are starting to see your child’s eportfolio take shape and able to visually understand how each individual aspect of reporting will combine to form a real record of learning and achievement during their time at St Mary’s. The teacher comment is of course still an integral part of reporting to parents and our legislative obligations but the real actual exemplar of student achievement is recorded in the form of the critical conversation. These are then combined with illustrated standards, progressions, expectations and progress in learning to form the students learning story.
Unfortunately we stil see parents parking on yellow lines, driving into the school grounds, driving on grass verges, parking in the bus bay and parking in the school driveways over the yellow lines. Please parents, for the SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN, use common sense when parking around the school.
This term has been a great one for sporting success, gymnastics, cross country and a multitude of team sport achievements. I would like to congratulate all students who have taken the opportunity to participate in a sport or sporting event irrespective of what it is or the level of success. Winter sports will, of course, continue into term three so there will be plenty more smiles to come.
We also have the opportunity to recognise the musical achievement of Lily Richards, Lily Hodgson and Cullan Fuller who have been selected as soloists for the upcoming Tauranga Music Festival. The festival this year will be celebrating 50 years of student performance over four nights. All of our Year 5 and 6 students will be a part of the opening night. Much preparation will occur next term in the lead up to this event in week 7.
Senior Leadership Team
The last week of term will be one of learning for members of our senior leadership team. While Anna MacKinnon and myself will attend the New Zealand Principals Federation Conference, Janet McCarroll and Jana Benson will be attending the International Conference on Thinking. We wish Janet and Jana safe travels.
As a school we are extremely fortunate to have a number of Gold Sponsors who support our Vision and contribute to the many opportunities we aim to offer our children.
Should you or someone you know require any further information in regard to becoming a Gold Sponsor of St Mary’s Catholic School please do not hesitate to make contact with either myself or Theresa in our front office.
In closing I would like to wish all members of our community a blessed and safe holiday in what ever shape or form this may take. I look forward to welcoming back our students in mid July and hopefully spring in the not too distant future.
Nga Mihi Nui