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Wow!! What an athletic sports we had last week. Some very impressive competition along with supportive participation which all came together with one of the highlights for the day - the House Relays. These are highly competitive and provide a wonderful finish to a busy day. Many of our students embraced the opportunity to dress in their house colours which added to the positive atmosphere at this event. Congratulations to Year 8 student Nora Quigley who broke the school record (and her own previous record!) in the Discus, throwing 27.99 metres.
We have had an Academic focus this week with our formal assembly where 3 of our Year13 students Emma Horn, Freya Bates and Matthew Hornsby spoke about their future careers, scholarships gained and the challenges in getting to where they are now. We had our Academic Dean, Mr Jason Shaw, speak to the school about the approach to learning which we have included elsewhere in this newsletter.
On Tuesday evening this week we had our parent and student evening for any students from Year 10 upwards to hear about the specifics of NCEA and a chance to ask any questions. These are valuable evenings and I would encourage parents with students in these year groups to attend these. My thanks to our Student Centred Support team of Mr Jason Shaw [Academic Dean], Mr Mark Romans [Career Dean] and Ms Eliza Williams [Pastoral Dean] for providing this opportunity.
This week we had our Year 12 Geography students at Mt Cook for 2 days with Ms Sarah Prescott as part of achievement standards being done in this course. We are lucky to have such a hinterland of 'outdoor classrooms' to support our teaching programmes.
Starting next week are our Year 9 Camps which are held at the Peel Forest Eco Lodge for each class for 3 days. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more about themselves, develop further life skills and experience outdoor opportunities that they may not have access to.
It is supported by many of our senior Outdoor Education students and our Student Leaders which is a unique aspect of Geraldine High School. My thanks to many of our staff who are willing to run these camps over the next 2 weeks as it is a large commitment of time and energy beyond the classroom, and to Mr Hayden Titchener who has coordinated these camps.
We have a wonderful support programme for any of our Year 7 to 9 students that has been very successful in helping them with any issues whether it be friendship, personal or school related problems. It is called ‘WEB - We Belong’ and it involves our Year 12 and 13 students who are trained and mentored in supporting the junior students. It also provides leadership opportunities for senior students. This is another aspect of our very strong pastoral support that is offered at Geraldine High School.
We have started a "student photographers" group this year thanks to Ms Adele Quinn that are doing a good job covering events at school with some fantastic photos particularly of the athletics and swimming sports. We are aware that we have a number of students who do photography outside of school and it is an opportunity to utilise these skills in a school context.
We currently have a school photography competition being run which closes on 17th March. Ages and categories are:
Please encourage your son or daughter to be involved if they are interested in this area and get an entry in. Entry forms are available from the School Office.
It is hard to believe that there is only 5 weeks left of Term 1 and I encourage you to keep reminding your son or daughter of the many opportunities that exist outside of the classroom at our school. It is easy to overlook or forget about these and before you realise it, we will be at the end of the year. If you are unsure of what is available, please check the newsletters which has dates of upcoming events or make contact with your child’s year level Dean.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the various events we have coming up in the last few weeks of the term.
Nga mihi nui
Mr Simon Coleman
Geraldine High School
McKenzie Street, Geraldine