From the Principal

By Mr Simon Coleman | Posted: Tuesday March 3, 2020

Tena koutou,

We are now into our 6th week of term so nearly halfway through Term 1. Every year starts with both an intensity and busyness as not only do we establish class settings and meaningful learning but we also have the whole school events such as Athletics and Swimming sports along with a large number of events which our students can be involved in.

Strategic Direction

This leads to the survey we have sent out around our school direction and the key areas of focus for what we target, and goals we have set to meet the schools purpose statement which is:

‘Provide learning that is relevant for all students, through a focus on relationships and the development of life skills, to develop lifelong learners who successfully contribute, participate and interact with others.’

This purpose statement shows how important these events we run are as they provide our students with a vital focus for developing learning that is relevant to them as well as providing challenge and skills that will help develop them as individuals.

I encourage you to complete the survey and link here so that we are aware of all views of our community on the direction the Board of Trustees are taking over the next few years. This is a very important aspect of feedback and if you can give thought to what outcomes you want for your son or daughter as they go through Geraldine High School so that we can take these into account when we set our goals for the year.

GHS Proposed Strategic Goals Survey

Athletics and Swimming Sports

We have recently had these two events which always bring out the House Spirit as well as providing the opportunity to see the range of talents we have at our school. It is also a time for our parents and wider community to come in and be a part of these fantastic days which are full of enthusiasm and seeing lots of involvement.

My thanks to all our staff who make these such great days and in particular Mr Kieran Blogg who led the Athletics day, Mr Haden Powell and Ms Michelle Cramond who led the swimming sports, along with our Sports Coordinators Miss Courtney Bates and Miss Tessa Opie who did a tremendous job.

In the 6 years that I have been here, I think these events were the best that I have seen in regards to encouragement, participation and House pride.

‘Meet the Teachers’ afternoon

Yesterday, we had the Yr 7 and 8 Teachers and Parents afternoon where our teachers were able to share what is happening in the classes for your son or daughter, go over information for the year ahead and answer any questions that parents had.

It was wonderful to see so many parents and caregivers in attendance and to engage fully in how school is going and to seek clarification on aspects of school. Any further questions can be directed to the Homeroom teacher or HoD Ms Michelle Cramond.

Bus Students

Thank you very much for your support with your child in wearing the hi-vis vests when travelling on our school buses. We have noticed nearly 100% of our students wearing vests getting off buses in the morning at school. As the weather is changing and the dark mornings and early evenings, it is even more important that our students wear these vests so that they are easily seen while waiting for and leaving the buses at the end of the day.

Communication with School

At all times, we expect clear and open lines of communication between parents and GHS. This includes, reading school e-communication and ensuring that your emergency contact information is up-to-date at all times.

Teaching staff are not often available straight away as they are teaching classes, in meetings or doing planning work during the school day. Our staff, and particularly Wellbeing Deans, do want to connect with parents/caregivers at a time that can allow concerns to be addressed.

When a problem concerns your son/daughter and his/her work in school, the best person to contact is the classroom teacher. If the issue is around the social wellbeing of your son/daughter then the best contact will be the year level Wellbeing Dean.

An appointment to see a teacher may be made by emailing the teacher directly. Problems of a personal nature or questions about his/her overall potential and progress, may be discussed with the year level Wellbeing Dean.  Please email or phone the office to make appointments.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa