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I would like to thank all parents / caregivers / whanau who invested time in coming to meet with your child’s teacher last Thursday.  I hope you found it worthwhile, as our teachers certainly did. If you were unable to attend, please make contact with the class teacher to arrange an alternative time. This brief meeting helps set the tone for the year by providing knowledge that we may not be aware of, set goals and expectations and talk about some of the opportunities offered to the students.  

We are very grateful for the support and interest in helping with the school camps coming up in March. Without this support, we could not offer the students this amazing opportunity, one of the highlights of the school year. Thank you also to those who have been able to make a financial contribution towards Camp. We would very much like to offer this experience for free but it is not possible to run the activities, feed everyone, and pay the providers for their services from our operations grant.  A reminder that in order to assist at Camp you do need to be police vetted.  Those who assisted last year will not need to renew their vetting.  

All students will have attended their first Technology or Arts Lesson.  Y7 students will experience 5 – 6 lessons of each Specialist class and Y8 students will take part in four Specialist areas throughout the year.  Y8 students were able to choose which ones they had a particular interest in.  Extension classes are also offered in the areas of Maker Space, Food Technology, Textiles, Music, Dance/Drama, Visual Art, Biotechnology, Japanese, Maths and Science.  More may be added as staffing and time allows.  We aim to bring alive our school vision statement all day, every day.  Together, Building Tomorrow – He mahi tahi mō apōpō drives all that we plan and implement. 

As I write this update, I consider how lucky we are in Northland to be in Alert Level 2 and able to operate as normal  with extra vigilance around hygiene.  We have encouraged students to bring their own water bottles as drinking fountains are covered until we return to Level One.  We have so much to be grateful for when we hear stories of lockdowns in other parts of the world and of course the Auckland region.  

The expectation is that all students should be at school and without a valid reason for absence, will be marked as truant. 

Stay safe everyone.  Think of things to be grateful for each day:  I am grateful we are in Level 2, not Level 3 and that the rain has filled my tanks at home and provided necessary relief for the gardens.   

Ngā mihi nui

Kim Sloane

Tumuaki / Principal