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01 December 2017

posted 30 Nov 2017, 16:28 by Stephanie Williams
Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

From the beginning of this final term of a school year, our heads are very much in 2018. We want to 'hit the ground running!' and try to limit what is called the 'summer effect' on student progress.

As a whole school community, we need to constantly review what we can do differently to improve learning. This includes the teachers, leaders, whānau and the learners themselves. I think this is one of the biggest changes from 'back in the day'. The children, our learners, need to be insiders to their learning, it's not done to them and it's not a secret!

Teachers have spent a good part of this term analysing progress and achievement in Reading, Writing and Maths. You have been part of the conversations when you attended the Progress Meetings recently and received a written report. (A slightly different cycle for Autahi!). These conversations amongst the staff also include groups of students - whether it's gender, ethnicity, cohort... which groups are progressing as expected? which aren't? if not, why not? and what are we going to do differently? This forms the basis for Teacher Inquiry and Professional Learning in 2018.

When we look at our data, it's interesting to look at trends over time, at the national picture and international studies too. Some of you may have seen an article this week titled "Kiwi girls outperform boys". It makes interesting reading and also reinforces why we have such a strong focus on Positive Education and the whole child as "The report recommended schools support both boys and girls who have trouble forming healthy, positive and mutually supportive relationships with others".

We will be confirming our achievement targets for 2018 soon and look forward to sharing them with you at the beginning of next year. It's very much a wind up to the end of the year in this place and then we will be able to enjoy long summer days, safe in the knowledge we have done the best job we can.

I'm thinking we will see plenty of you in and around school in the next few weeks - whether it's helping out in a multitude of activities..... Enviroschools Meetings, Year 6 Parent Drinks, Dinners, Teddy Bear Picnics, Farm Trips, Poetry Evenings, Bush Exploration, Sausage Sizzles..... Beach Week, Duathlons...... remember to eat and sleep!

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