By Mr Ryan Wilson | Posted: Wednesday March 3, 2021
Kia ora koutou,
We are almost midway through the first term already and it has proven to be a busy one. Covid has played another part this term which means we have become very slick with our processes. We have managed to get away with very little disruption to learning during Alert Level 2, as our teachers have been well prepared with programmes that can be delivered during this time. I’d like to thank you all for your support and our students for their resilience as we have bounced in and out of alert levels.
Most areas of learning are in full swing, where many NCEA students are well through a number of unit/achievement standards and can be expecting internal assessments to be appearing very soon. A common theme among our successful NCEA students has been applying consistent effort across all subjects throughout the year. Our Year 7 - 10 students should be settling into good learning routines that will set them up for success throughout the year.
As well as learning inside the classroom, we have had a number of students out and about in the wider community taking part in education outside the classroom. Our PIA students have been out in the Agricultural industry learning a range of real world skills, similar to our Outdoor Education classes who have been challenging themselves in the outdoors. School Athletics went off without a hitch after a slightly delayed start. It was amazing to see our student leaders, step up, take initiative and show their leadership skills on this day. Our staff and student leaders helped to bring our school theme of ‘Kotahitanga’ alive on these festival days.
After a bit of uncertainty about whether the swimming sports would be able to run, our Year 9 - 13 students had a successful day with a number of records falling in the morning session, set by our Year 11 - 13 students. They made the most of the cooler conditions and turned adversity into an advantage in the pool. In the afternoon our Year 9 and 10 students basked in the glorious sun and once again were supported and encouraged by our senior role models.
Unfortunately because of Alert Level 2 we were unable to include our Year 7 and 8’s into the swim meet, but we are looking forward to running their swimming sports later in the year. A huge thank you to the team of staff that organised the swimming sports this year. There were a number of hurdles in the way, but despite this you all managed to deliver a great event.
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa