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Principal's Message

By Steve Read | Posted: Monday May 27, 2019

Learning Conversations

Greetings, Kia ora, Talofa, Mālō e lelei

Currently I am reading and commenting on over 350 senior reports. It is a great opportunity to affirm so many of our wonderful students and their involvement in the academic, sporting and cultural life of the College. I value the time and effort our teachers have put into these and, in particular, the direction given in terms of the next steps required for enhanced performance. These will be issued to the senior students next Friday 7th June and I urge you to take the time to discuss it with your son or daughter. Talk to them about their strengths and areas for improvement. 

Important conversations could include -

  • Discussing their goals or intentions for the rest of this year or next year
  • Career options (also looking at careers.govt.nz)
  • Helping them develop a plan of action or some strategies to further their academic development
  • Time management strategies
  • Experience would suggest that planning for, and managing their workload, is one of the biggest issues that face students as they become more independent learners
  • Students are young adults and need some guidance and help learning about self-control and self–management
  • Students need some help in setting priorities around managing the tensions between academic study and extra-curricular activities, work and social life commitments. We would ask that you help them by ensuring that they put all of their due dates in some form of diary, be it a Wall Planner, Electronic Diary, Book or Cell Phone
  • Check the online assessment calendar and their Course outlines so you can help them monitor their workload and manage their time

Principal Appointment Update

The Board of Trustees has been busy working through the appointment process and has narrowed the strong field down to the last Three applicants. A final decision is likely to be announced within the next two weeks.

God Bless and enjoy the long weekend.

Steve Read
Acting Principal