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BloKarting - Xtend Sporting Options
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From the Principal's Desk

Scott Thelning —

Kia ora ki te whanau o Cathedral Grammar

The White Ferns had a win over the weekend (nice selections Ms Bond!), the Crusaders had a win and the camps all went well with lots of activities, fun and memories made. 

It felt unusual not having our Y6 & Y8 pupils in and around our school while they were on camp, so it was lovely to welcome them back after their eventful days away. I have heard many stories of fun, laughter, bumps, bruises, conquering fears, trying new things and enjoying time away with friends. All what camp should be about.  Camp can be a difficult challenge for some children and I understand this was the case for some of our pupils. I was very pleased to hear that teacher encouragement and pupil persistence and determination paid off and supported a positive experience for these pupils.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the Y7 pupils who stepped up superbly as leaders across the school while the Y8s were away. I was very impressed with your initiative, maturity, independence and care and concern for our younger pupils. You really shone and the staff very much appreciated it. Thank you.

The start of a school year is always particularly busy and off beat to the normal routine of school. There is a variety of extra-curricular activities that takes place and we busily work through our set of academic testing for Y4-8 pupils. While learning and teaching continues during this time, we are now at the point in the term where most aspects of school life are settling into routine as the regular timetable takes effect. 

The results from these standardized academic tests for Y4-8 pupils, will be shared and discussed with you at our parent / teacher conferences in the week of Monday 19 March - Thursday 22 March. Further details regarding the parent/teacher interviews are contained in General Notices and a separate letter is being emailed to parents today.

Thank you to all of the parents who helped us with our first Xtend sport session last Friday. It was wonderful to see so many of you involved, having fun together with pupils and staff, and creating a great atmosphere. We have received fantastic feedback from pupils, staff and parents and are looking forward to another great session this week. Thanks!

As I have been communicating with staff and 7B, you may well be aware that Mrs Julie Lee is finishing her time at Cathedral Grammar at the end of this term. We sincerely thank Mrs Lee for all that she has done for our pupils and school. Teacher, learning support leader, hockey - just to name a few. We wish Mrs Lee all the very best for the future and will thank her as a school at the end of the term. We have appointed Mrs Shelley Haworth to teach 7B for Terms 2-4 and look forward to warmly welcoming her to our school community. Keep an eye out for her - she may be a relieving teacher in your child's class this term.

Have a great fortnight.

Nga mihi