Principal's Message

By Steve Read | Posted: Thursday August 8, 2019

Win at Bishops Shield, New Learning Support Coordinator, Choosing courses for 2020

Greetings, Kia ora, Talofa, Mālō e lelei

It was a proud moment in Invercargill last weekend when the Kavanagh Team took out the Bishop Shield competition. It has been Seven years since we last had our hands on the shield so a big shout out to the students, parents and supporting teachers.

The allocation of the first Learning Support Coordinators throughout New Zealand was announced by Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin on Friday 2 August. Learning Support Coordinator (LSCs) are an in-school role that will work to ensure children and young people with learning support needs – including those with disabilities, neurodiversity, behavioural issues and who are gifted – get the help they need. The Dunedin Catholic Schools Kāhui Ako has been successful in getting 3 such roles, with one of these roles being dedicated to Kavanagh College. We are excited about this new initiative to support our learners.

Also, this term students choose their subjects and options for 2020. This is obviously a very important process for students, and they need to ensure that their choices are aligned with their career or pathway. It is also a critical process for the school as we use it to determine classes and therefore staffing for 2020 – and for us to ensure we have classes organised with great teachers all ready to go at the start of 2020. To support students and parents in this we have our Careers & Course Planning Evening in the Auditorium on Thursday 29 August. A letter has been sent to parents and students in Years 10 -13 with more detail.

God Bless

Steve Read

Acting Principal