The term ended well - examinations proceeded smoothly. Senior
students will have received most of their results. The purpose
of the term 3 examinations is to provide students with an
opportunity to practise their exam technique, and show their
subject knowledge and skills.
are expected to review the effectiveness of their preparation
and make the required changes. They should begin now to prepare
themselves for the external examinations which begin on 20th
know that staff members have been running workshops during
the holiday break, and that these will continue during term
time, both at lunchtimes and after school. Homework centres
operate after school in the library. The learning centre is
available to assist students to brush up on essay
writing, exam techniques and so on. I should like to express
my thanks for the extra efforts made by the teachers, a significant
feature of this school.
Our annual talent quest was a treat, and as usual, a combination
of solo and group performances, lip synch and original works,
humour and serious endeavours. Much fun was had by all, not
the least when the staff appeared to present their version
of Lets Just Kiss and Say Goodbye by the
In this mailout returning students will receive a subject
choice grid (blocking sheet), based on the initial choices
they have made. It may be necessary for some students to alter
their choices based on the way the subjects are blocked, which
can be upsetting or frustrating. It would be helpful if parents
can discuss these decisions with their son/daughter.
dont hesitate to ring deans/directors/careers staff
for advice. The choice grid is due back at the start of term
4. Guidance staff will review and discuss students choices
These are not permitted at school. Two weeks ago a student
made an error of judgement and brought a BB gun to school.
This resulted in police action and the possibility of a criminal
charge. Parents are asked to discuss this and provide good
advice to their children; often young people do not see the
potentially serious consequences of their actions.
Chas Duffield and Nicole Sciaroni leave us after a period
of between 3-5 years at the school. The staff recognised their
contribution at the end of term. We have been lucky to secure
the services of two quality teachers: Clive Falconer and Amber
de Boer to replace them, and ensure a smooth transition.
A major purpose of this newsletter is to alert you to the
prize giving and other events that are to take place this
term. You will see that this time of the year is very busy,
and there is much to do. We look forward to a productive term,
and one of celebration of successes.