He oranga ngakau, he pikanga wairoa: Positive feelings in your heart will enhance your self-worth

 

Tēnā koutou katoa, e te whānau o Craighead

What a busy and action packed term it has been! Looking back over the term’s newsletters and talking with staff it would seem everyone has experienced success in some form, be it academically, in sports or in cultural pursuits.
Thank you to all those Year 10 – 12 parents who joined us on Friday last week to talk through their daughters subjects next year. We appreciate the time you took to come in and discuss your daughters pathways with us. This is an incredibly important part of your daughter’s education and one that we place considerable value on. We are now in the process of structuring the timetable for 2020 based on the information you, and your daughter, have given us.

Looking ahead the start of Term Four is just as busy as the end of this term has been! Our Year 8 students begin the term heading off to camp at Queenstown on the first day. This camp focusses on building leadership skills as the girls head into Year 9. It is important for parents to note that Queenstown currently has cases of measles in the community so we will be contacting parents of Year 8 students regarding their daughters vaccination status if we have no current information. Thank you for your help with this, it is much appreciated.
Our senior art students also have a busy start to the term as they begin finalising their Art Portfolios and putting together their art boards. As a school we look forward to this time of year where the hard work of these girls, and their talent, finally goes on display before the boards are sent for external marking. As in previous years we will be holding morning teas for the senior art students, their parents and staff, we look forward to seeing you there.

Now is the time of the year where our seniors need to start revising for the upcoming NCEA external assessments. Formal classes will finish at 3.20 on October 30 for Years 11 – 13 when our senior girls go on study leave. In order to utilise this time appropriately students should be in the process of constructing a study timetable in order to plan their time effectively. Teachers will be advising students of how to revise for exams in their specialist area, and all girls have some grounding in study skills through the programme we run with Karen Boyes. The hard grind starts now in terms of revision and studying, and as I have said to a number of girls, this is a period of short-term pain for long term gain – particularly for those in Years 12 and 13.

We look forward to welcoming back Ms Graham from her sabbatical and hearing about what she has found out around student wellbeing at the start of Term 4. This term has also been busy recruiting new staff for 2020. Ms Ella Shaw, a specialist Maths teacher, joins our Maths Department along with Mrs Wendy Johnson who has accepted the new position of Head of Social Sciences. We look forward to welcoming them both to our community at the start of the academic year.

Our annual Lipsync last night proved again to be one of the highlights of term. Thank you to the Performing Arts Committee for organising and running this event, it is always fabulous to see the talent that we have in our school community. The audience participation in the line dancing was wonderful and congratulations to Mr Mick Geary for winning the people’s vote! We also need to mention here the Boarding House ‘Topp Twins’, they were simply superb. On behalf of the staff involved in the staff item I would like to thank Mrs Gala Kirke for her organisation of the staff item, there was a lot of laughter and fun as this was devised, and we appreciated the effort she went to to make this happen!

God bless | E te atua manaaki – Lara Hearn
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