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Year 6 students involved in science experiments this week. 
Photo by Stuart Cameron

Principal's Desk

Stuart Cameron —

Tēnā koutou katoa. Tēnei te mihi atu ki a koutou

Welcome back to the new school term. I trust you had a safe and relaxing holiday with your families. I would like to extend a special welcome to the new students and families who have joined us this term. This will be formally recognised at a mihi whakatau at 9.10am on Friday 1 November. 

Term 4 is always an exciting time filled with an abundance of opportunities for our students. Our main learning focus for this term will be on Science. In particular, the children will be exploring the key processes behind science such as hypothesising, gathering evidence and summarising in the context of our big question "How can I be a great scientist?"

Maths Open Evening (Wednesday 6 November)

We would like to extend an open invitation to all parents to attend our Maths Open Evening at 5:30pm on Wednesday 6 November. This follows the maths parent information evening that was held in Term 2. The purpose of the open evening is to provide parents with an opportunity to see maths lessons in action.  This has been the major professional development focus for our staff this year. 

We will begin in the hall with a brief presentation from Sarah Cobb from the University of Canterbury who will set the scene for the rest of the evening. At the conclusion of Sarah's presentation, parents will be invited to visit classes to see some maths sessions taking place.

Teachers will be inviting a small group of students to take part in the lessons. If your child is in one of these groups, you will be contacted by their T Group teacher next week.  The evening will conclude with a sausage sizzle and opportunity for parents to talk to teachers about what they have seen. More information will be available in the next newsletter. 

Finally, next week I will be travelling to Asia to take part in a conference and meet with agents of international fee-paying students. I will be leaving the school in the very safe hands of our Associate Principals Rob Naysmith and Cathie Zelas.

Have a great weekend. Go the All Blacks!

Ngā mihi nui

Stuart Cameron