I'm so proud of our staff and children for making things happen. We had an absolutely lovely day last Friday for our senior athletics. Everyone was happy and giving their best go and we really enjoyed each others' company and the element of excitement and competition. All the photos I took are on our Facebook page.
The staff has been working hard moderating their teacher judgements about student progress. To do this we share students' work and assessment information with each other and ensure that we are all making a consistent judgment about where they are at in the curriculum, the progress they are making, and their next steps. Hopefully, you are seeing samples of student work through the Seesaw app and staff are presently writing reports for you to get an overall picture of progress and achievement in 2021. If you are having any trouble with the Seesaw app please contact your child's teacher.
Our main achievement target this year is engagement and we were looking not only for children to do well in their learning but really trying hard to ensure they enjoy it and want to do it. For the most part, I think we have done well. In the first half of the year, we were deeply engaged in finding out about our history both local and personal, with several trips and investigations, culminating in our Children's Museum and oral language presentations. In the second half of the year, we have focused on Science and we are soon to be planting native plants around the school for the planting projects each class has devised.
Here are some of the intermediate students' plant sketches.
We are preparing for our end-of-year formal social for the year 7 & 8s and they have started to learn social dancing.
We are also preparing for house choirs and well done to our year 8 leaders who are planning and leading the house choirs and yesterday was the first practice. This will be live-streamed this year.
Our end-of-year celebrations are documented under the School Notices. Also that we are closed on Tuesday 30th November for a teacher professional development day.
God bless and aroha,