GHS2 by George Prattley

Welcome back to the start of Term 3 which in many ways is a critical Term for our students in the senior school.

This Term is where students need to be responsible for ensuring that they are managing their time well and meeting all deadlines. Recently we have looked at the attendance of our year groups and it was very pleasing to see so many students with 90 - 100% attendance as this is a critical factor in making progress in learning. Research tells us that when attendance is below 83%  the ability to learn at school reduces also.

School Value - ‘Responsibility’ for Term 3

Our Value for this term is Responsibility and at our assembly this week we showed a thought provoking video that also relates well to our year theme of ASPIRE. This video is valuable to all our students as they face the challenges and opportunities that occur while at school. Have a look at the clip here and take the opportunity to discuss it with your son or daughter.

Successes over the holidays

We have had a number of exciting student achievements and successes  over the holidays which are included elsewhere in this newsletter.

All of these students are obviously talented but are also committed to the sport and activities they do which is a wonderful trait to have combined with a high work ethic.

Welcome to returning and new Staff

This term we welcome back Mr Deavoll, who has spent last term looking after his wife who had major surgery. Mr Hayward who has had a term away on sabbatical looking at careers and how this is delivered in other schools around the country.  We welcomed our new Deputy Principal on Monday, Ms Knowles,  joins us from Takapuna Grammar School in Auckland.

International students

We also welcome 11 new International Students who arrived in New Zealand last week. These students have come from Germany, Korea, Japan and Argentina to join the 7 we already have. Students from various parts of the world help make our community aware how different things are, particularly around education in many of these countries as well as providing the opportunity to learn how to form relationships with students from different cultures and backgrounds.

We have had a long standing relationship with Las Victorius school in Argentina whose students come here to learn.  One or two of our students then go back to Argentina to have a 6-7 week stay in that country. Last year Amelia Woodley  was our representative. 

We welcome our new students Agustina and Camila from Las Victorius who are in Year 12.

Upcoming Ski Trips for Year 7 and 8

We have an exciting opportunity for our next few weeks for our Year 7 and 8 students as they have a day’s skiing at Round Hill in Tekapo with their homeroom teachers as part of our EOTC [Education outside of the classroom] programme. This is an amazing opportunity to experience something new for most of our students and to challenge themselves along with enjoying sharing this experience with their friends. Thanks to the large number of parents who have been able to assist with these days.

Principal Days

In August the Universities have days where  Principals attend to talk about their schools and meet teacher trainees/graduates who look at what positions may be available  for 2017. I will be part of a few of these over the coming weeks as we look to fill vacant positions in the next 2 years. The first is today at the University of Canterbury where up to 100 principals from around the country will attend.

Maori Hui

On Wednesday we had our first Maori Hui of the year.  Thanks to the organising done by Ms Jordyn Te Rahui Hobbs and Ms Eliza Williams.

 We have 69 students who  identify as Maori at our school, and of this group  63 attended this meeting. It started with a shared kai and then moved into 'getting to know' each other activities.  The group then came back together and got into groups as they had 7 questions to answer. A leader in each group  wrote down their ideas and feelings. The focus of the session was about 'What is it like being Maori at GHS' so questions were focussed around this and fit well with the School’s Strategic Goal of Bi-Culturalism . From these responses we hope to be able to continue our progress in ensuring the success of every student at our school.

Geraldine High School Band one of the best in the country!

Pseudosane, from our school of Felix Finlayson-Hood, William Holland, Henry Watts and Aria Cressy recent winners of the Timaru regional finals of Smokefree Rockquest, had to submit a 15 minute DVD of performance for consideration for selection for the national final. They have now been named in the Top 20 bands in NZ and wait to hear if they make the top 9 who play in the  final. A This is a wonderful achievement from 4 very talented musicians.

Conference Day Preparation

Conference day is a holistic approach to your child's education, including; Academic, Pastoral, involvement in school, Careers, NCEA, Attendance, Goals and Aspirations, Successes, Concerns and 2017 course selection and processes. We are also providing you with information about NCEA and Career Pathways that can help you support your child with their education and possible future career.

All parents and Caregivers of Year 10, 11 and 12 students will receive an email in the next few days with more information on who and how to book appointment.

Nga mihi