Dr Ava Ruth Baker is an anthroposophic GP specialising in autism spectrum and related conditions. Dr Baker has previously come to Invercargill to do assessments for children and adults. She has forty years of general practice with specific training in anthroposophical and other holistic approaches to medicine, mental health and the autism spectrum. She has worked as school doctor at Steiner Schools in Bay of Plenty and Christchurch, and as medical officer for Hohepa Canterbury. Dr Baker is coming to Invercargill July or August and she can do assessments for ASD, ADHD, Gifted, PDA. Apppointment charges will apply. For more information, please contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the PTFA for purchasing a new Pie Warmer for the School. Also a huge thanks to Justine Abernethy who spent quite some time putting it together for us in the Home Economics room saving staff a lot of time. Once again thank you so much.
Lets get behind this event and purchase a ticket to support David Barton the Director of Rosmini House and wonderful Annie Nelson the St Mary’s Principal. Get your tickets today from www.iticket.co.nz before they sell out.
The Fuel for Schools sponsorship programme has helped put over $900,000 of resources into more than 350 rural school as in the last ten years. Just a reminder of how our school can receive a donation… Our school has to be nominated by a local business/farm that receives bulk fuel deliveries from Northfuels, meaning that for every 2 litres of bulk fuel they purchase 1 cent is donated to their nominated school - which is us! Help us out by nominating our School.
Visit our Fuel for Schools page on our website www.southfuels.co.nz to view these packages today!
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected as Junior House Leaders.
It was great seeing so many of you at the whanau conferencing yesterday and I hope that you and your child were able to have very constructive conversations that will provide the direction for positive academic results.
While you were meeting with teachers, our deputy principal of teaching and learning, Bridget Ryan, and I spent a couple of hours with 21 volunteer students from years 8-10 to get their feedback on our project-based learning programme which begins in Term 3. It was a very fruitful discussion and I was impressed by their thinking and understanding of education today and the learning that they recognise they need, to prepare for life after school. When comments from students of this age begin with “Studies about this say that …” I wonder who should really be running the school! We often underestimate the knowledgeable opinions of our young people when making decisions about their education. They are also very aware of how learning has shifted in the last couple of generations with the advent of Google, and knowledge and content at their fingertips compared with the educational experiences of older generations.
Recently, we were excited to hear that our application to the national Teacher Led Innovation Fund was successful. This fund is a Ministry of Education initiative designed to support innovative and quality practice that improves student achievement. My thanks go to Bridget Ryan and her team who put this application together. It is certainly affirming to know that we are moving in the right direction. Our plans for introducing Project Based Learning for all year 8 – 10 students are well underway. Allowing our students to have control over their learning, engage in a context of their choosing, and develop skills in academic risk-taking, resilience, tenacity, creativity, time-management, planning and collaboration, is very exciting for us as a school. Of course, service and impact on community will also be part of what we will be asking students to consider as we will be ensuring that our special character is not lost in new contexts. Our volunteer students from today have offered to spend time in school on Teacher Only Day learning more about project learning, giving us feedback, and working through a process of directing one’s own learning, with one of our educational partners from Otago Polytech. Later in the term, we will let you know how your child’s week may look a little different from term three.
Unfortunately, the same week as our calendared Teachers Only Day (31st May), students will miss another day of school because the PPTA and NZEI have called a strike on the Wednesday (29th May). The Board of Trustees has decided to shut the school that day because there will not be enough staff on site to ensure the safety and supervision of our students. A separate email will be sent home from the Board about the strike day.
Let us remember this weekend to be grateful for what we have been given and the rich environment in which we live.
Have a peace-filled weekend,
SCIENCE, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS STUDY GUIDES
Study guides are available for purchase at a reduced rate (45% discount) through the school. They are available for viewing from your child's Science and Mathematics teachers.
They are available for Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 Mathematics, Year 11 Science and Years 12 and 13 Physics and Chemistry.
Should you be interested in purchasing any of these, your child can obtain a permission form from their teacher. The form and payment needs to be returned to Mrs Robertson at school by Friday, 7 June. Payment needs to be received in full prior to the order being placed as the school is just acting as an agent.
Any queries please contact me at School.
Head of Science Department, Teacher of Physics & Chemistry, Year 12 Learning Tutor
This week the Year 13 students headed to Dunedin to experience the tertiary institutions open days. Both Otago University and Otago Polytechnic were open to potential students to have a look at the various programmes they both offer.
“The Otago University and Polytech open day was a good opportunity to see what it is like being a student in Dunedin. It also gave me a good understanding of what course I want to go to next year and what halls are available.” George Goodger Year 13
This week we have had a visit from an ex pupil Sophie Holland. Sophie is studying towards a Bachelor of Social Services with a major in Career Counselling. As part of her practicum Sophie will be coming to school during June to check out the Careers Department and will also be available to help year 13’s with their CV’s. Sophie has been working in the Careers Hub at Otago Polytechnic, so has great up to date knowledge of what's required when preparing your CV for job hunting. it’s great to see our ex pupils doing so well!
Gateway and Careers Administration