Thursday, 4 September 2014

1. Principal News Week 7 Term 3

Tongan Language Week
A HUGE thank you malo 'aupito to Tua Misiloi, Talanoa Palu and helpers for preparing our Pasifika Cultural group so well for their performances this week. Their dancing and costumes are stunning. We are very proud of the children especially with their performance at Little Wonders today. We are looking forward to seeing them perform at our assembly tomorrow.
More photos in the photo section on this blog
Learning Leaders Engaged in Deep Learning

Last year, we established a new leadership group of students with a focus on learning. There are two students from every class from Year 3-8 who meet and collaborate with me. Our goal is to improve learning for all students at St Joseph's. We want to truly give students a chance to 'drive the learning'.
Previously we have looked at engagement in learning at articulating our goal : To engage every student in deep learning for success
Yesterday we discussed what it means to have a 'growth mindset'.
I shared the video that I made based on my sabbatical report with them and a link to an Effective Effort rubrik  that explained the difference between having a fixed and growth mindset.We thought about deep learning and wrote some excellent ideas about how this can happen at school and at home. I will share their ideas on a blog next week.
Take some time to read and reflect on the effective effort rubric and apply it to your own learning.
Part of the Effective Effort rubric

Learning Leaders in action
Thanks to our learning leaders for 'reaching for the stars as lifelong learners in the Catholic Faith.' 

Staffing News

We are pleased to announce that Miss Nikki Clouston has been appointed to the Term 4 junior school position. Nikki has several years experience as a New Entrant teacher and comes to us highly recommended. We look forward to welcoming Nikki into our St Joseph's family next term. Miss Clouston will teach Kauri class while Mrs Brookes teaches our very new New Entrants in ruma koru next term.

Scholarship Applications for 2015

Please email me directly if you wish to apply for a scholarship for financial support for Year 7 and 8 for 2015 or if you require further information.

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