Kia ora tatou
It is September already! I certainly hope that the spring weather is kind to our very busy farming families at this important time of the farming calendar. With the start of a new season it is also timely to think about fresh starts and new life beginning. It could be time to reflect on relationships that need a new start and reinvigorating. We read in the Gospels all the time that relationships are key to all of Jesus’ teachings. As a new season commences, let us remember the Golden Rule, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31)
I am very conscious that the change in routines this week due to Year 8 Deep Cove Camp, Year 12 Work Experience and extra courses, and Tournament Week will have created different pressures at home. Thank you for your contribution to this and to the staff who have also spent much time preparing for these events and have taken time away from their own families to ensure our students are given the best of opportunities. It is also useful to have had a short week for the rest of our students at the end of a busy sports season and big academic term and when viruses are starting to have an impact.
Our staff spent a collaborative day on Tuesday discussing and sharing learning using digital devices. We are looking to further develop our blended learning approach across the school and a number of teachers are already using digital tools very effectively to enrich student learning. Recent research out of Michigan State University analysing years of studies on ‘one-to-one’ laptop programmes in schools found a link to increased achievement in English, Maths, Science and Writing, along with improved engagement, motivation and persistence. We intend to continue with the Board’s strategic vision that our students will experience enhanced learning using digital tools that will help prepare them for their place in a diverse global community.
Enjoy a (hopefully) Spring-like weekend.
Nga mihi nui.