Dear Parents;

A warm welcome back to what promises to be a new and exciting year. There are some significant changes happening at school this year. In particular we are looking at ways to better engage with our community and ensure that what we do is in keeping with the aspirations you have for your child.

Whole School Powhiri Monday 10 February – 8.45am School Hall

This formal welcome is happening on Monday to welcome new staff and students and welcome everyone back to the new school year. Parents and community members are welcome to attend.

Classroom Changes and Refurbishments

The secondary school block $1000 000 plus upgrade will begin this year and continue for a period of up to 18 months. The upgrade, which will be completed in 3 stages, will mean that many secondary students will be re housed to different areas of the school during this period of time. I am confident that student’s ability to learn will not be compromised in any way as construction takes place.

New Teachers

Due to retirement, promotion or teachers taking study leave there have been a number of new appointments to our teaching staff this year.

Mr Sean Scanlon – Teacher of Music

Mrs Karren O’Carroll – Teacher of Food Technology and HOD of Technology

Mr David Lowe – HOD of PE and Sport

Ms Ilana Hill – Teacher of Social Studies

Mrs Tiare Moses – Teacher of Te Reo Maori

We are excited to the new ideas and approaches to learning our new teachers will bring to our school this year.

ICT and ELearning

One of the school wide goals this year addresses the need to incorporate ICT and E learning into learning and teaching. Our goal reads;

‘All learners will experience high quality, exciting e-learning opportunities that promote digital citizenship.’


Another letter will be sent out very shortly that explains the direction the school is taking and offers parents advice and guidance on what to prepare for. Included is a survey that enables parents to be included in the decision making process.

Community BBQ Get Together -  Thursday 20 February,  6.00pm

This is an opportunity for parents to meet and greet teachers at the beginning of the new school year around a BBQ. There will also be an opportunity to consult in depth with parents about the schools approach to curriculum delivery, now and over the next few years. We want to ensure that our proposed school wide goals meet the needs and aspirations of the wider community. Your presence, participation and feedback will be greatly appreciated.

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