From the Principal

By Mr Simon Coleman | Posted: Friday October 28, 2016

Tena Koutou Katoa,

Last week we had ERO - Education Review Office here as part of their reviews of schools to see what progress has been made from the last review in 2013. They also come to gain knowledge about how we are functioning as a school in terms of systems, procedures, internal self review, governance as well as the areas of student learning and achievement.

It was a busy week which started with a powhiri that finished with a passionate school Haka from our Senior Rugby team and shared kai with the ERO team of Mrs Sue Carswell, Mrs Julie Moor and Mrs Liz Riley. ERO reviews are a positive experience as it provides the chance to look at the things we are doing well and what we can do to improve for the future. It was affirming of the hard work that our staff do to help Geraldine High School to be the best school possible.

I will share one aspect of feedback that we received which was from the student groups from Year 7 to 13 that ERO met and asked ‘what is so good about Geraldine High School?

Our Students response was:

  • Teachers are committed

  • They feel safe and encouraged

  • GHS is a supportive environment.

This feedback validates the hard work and dedication of all our staff and the wider community.

We will receive the draft report in the coming weeks and will be able to share the outcome with our school community early next year.

Music by Candlelight - amazingly talented students 

I had the pleasure of going to the Music by Candlelight performance on Wednesday evening this week and I was impressed at the range of diverse musical talents that our students have. Watching these musicians, it is fantastic to see both their courage and passion to share their musical talents at a public event. These students produced great performances and the theme ‘aspire to be the best you can’ was very visible (see photos elsewhere in the newsletter). Well done to all 63 performers and the many staff involved but particularly Mrs Shirley Lindroos, the Itinerant Music teachers and Mrs Sylvia Watson.

Final week for Seniors and Prize Giving

We have just 5 school days left for our senior students before they finish classes and prepare for the start of their NCEA external exams. We wish all our Year 11-13 students the very best for these. I must emphasise as I have in earlier newsletters the importance of all our students giving their best efforts to these exams, not only to gain the highest grades possible for external exams but the routine, revision techniques and attitude will hold them in good stead for future test/exams whether it be at University, Polytechnic or within an apprenticeship.

For our Year 13 students, we want to keep in contact with you over the coming years and to follow the pathways you take, so we will be getting contact details to do this and to ensure you stay connected to us through our newsletters etc.  As I have already said to the Year 13 students, but we would like parents to know also, that we are always available to our students even when they head away from Geraldine High School, we are here to support them in any way. They are and always will be part of the wider Geraldine High School community no matter where they are in the world.

I would like to extend a warm invitation to you all to attend the Senior Prize Giving next Thursday evening. This is a celebration of the achievements of our senior students across the many areas of our school and particularly the academic achievements.

Enrolment forms

As mentioned previously and in letters sent out we need any enrolments for 2017 as soon as possible to the Main Office. Our class make-up, sizes and timetables are reliant on up-to-date information so that firm planning can be done.

McKenzie Healthcare Residents Visit

Last week, we had a visit from residents of the McKenzie Healthcare, who had in Term 3 visited our school for morning tea, speak with our Community Committee and have a tour of the school by our students. They wanted to give a gift to every Year 13 student for this year to wish them all the best for their futures and give advice from their life experiences.

It was a fantastic connection for our community and to learn more of the history of Geraldine that many of these residents have been part of. My thanks to Ms Quinn for coordinating and making these events important and valuable experiences.

We have only 6 weeks left until we finish the school year and in this time we have Year 7-10 activities week, Year 7 Camp, junior exams, Year 9 Taster day, CEM testing for Year 6 students for next year, Year 10 challenge days, Volleyball tournaments, and the Junior Prize Giving on Friday 9th December. Please take note of these dates so that your son or daughter is aware of what is happening each week.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our Senior Prize Giving at 7.30pm next Thursday.

Nga mihi nui