From the Principal

By Mr Simon Coleman | Posted: Friday November 11, 2016

Tena Koutou Katoa,

After the seniors leave, there is always an adjustment in how the school feels in the remaining weeks. This has certainly been the case this year with Year 7 students away to Wainui YMCA Camp on Banks Peninsula this week; Year 10 having their water based Ultimate Challenge Day on Monday and of course the Senior students starting their NCEA exams in the School Hall. The other exciting aspect of this time is that the Year 10 students get the opportunity to be our leaders  and with that they set the example to our younger students of living the school values - respect, relationships, responsibility and achievement. Woven into all of these values is the pride that our students, parents and community have for Geraldine High School and the opportunities it gives to them.

Year 6 Student Day

Last Friday we had the Year 6 students from our contributing schools who are coming to us in 2017 at school for the day to meet the teaching staff, become familiar with the school environment, have a lunch with their parents and sit three CEM NZ (Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring) tests on English, Mathematics and Reasoning.  The school is running these tests with all new Year 6 enrollees and Year 8 students going into Year 9.    Having a large number of parents at the lunch was also a good opportunity for them to look at the classrooms and meet the current Year 7 teachers.

Fair Go Finalists

Some of you may have already heard but the exciting news this week is that a group of Year 10 students have made it through to the top 10 finalists of the Fair Go Ad Awards this year which will be televised on the 28th November. This is a fantastic achievement and well done to this group of Koan Brown, Ethan Hornsby, Bella Kircher, Hamish Batchelor, Jake Drake, Jacob Boal and Eilish Walther (see more details later in the newsletter).

Senior Prize Giving

Last week we had the highlight of the year with the Senior Prize Giving evening. This is an important evening to farewell our Year 13 students and other leavers, acknowledge and farewell our staff finishing at the end of the year, and celebrate the achievements of our students in Years 11-13. My thanks to the enormous task of making this so successful - Ms Cate Knowles, Ms Adele Quinn, Mr Jason Shaw, Mrs Shirley Lindroos and Mrs Sylvia Watson.

Year 7 Camp

I visited the Year 7 camp in Wainui on Monday and Tuesday this week and I was very impressed with both the organisation and enthusiasm of everyone there (see photos attached). We are very fortunate to have staff willing to be involved in these opportunities for our students and my thanks to the Year 7 Homeroom teachers - Ms Michelle Cramond, Miss Amy Ross and Mrs Trudy Sanders for their running of this camp.

The students were certainly approaching each activity and challenge with enthusiasm and were prepared to give everything a go. What was fantastic to see was how all the students of each group supported one another to achieve the outcomes set. The outdoors environment is a classroom of learning the key competencies for life that we develop while they are at school - the competencies of relating to others; managing self; thinking; using languages, symbols and text; and participating and contributing which were very evident in the time I was at Wainui.

These camps have been well supported by parent help and my thanks to the following - Mrs Chris Goad, Mr Gary Harford, Mrs Connie Quigley,  Ms Meg Catherwood, Mrs Michelle Wilson, Mr Frikkie Swanepoel, Mr Brent Russell, Mrs Jan Finlayson and Miss CJ McMillan who have given up their work time to be at this camp and assist whether it be in the kitchen or out on the various activities.

I wish all the senior students all the best for their NCEA exams and to ensure that these reflect the efforts that have been given all year. I would also like to invite our parents of Junior School students to attend the Junior Prize Giving event being held on Friday 9th December in the School Assembly Hall at 1.30pm.

Nga mihi nui