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Friday 19th June 2015

posted 2 Jul 2015, 18:59 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 2 Jul 2015, 19:22 ]

We don’t want our children to be judged purely by National Standards – never have… never will!

The emphasis we have on ‘the whole child’ has been front of mind lately.  Many of you would have hooked into the media  interest in maths over the last couple of weeks. Once again,  National Standards were in the spotlight. Although what we already know, and albeit the data was from 2013, 60% of judgements against the maths’ National Standard was recognised as inconsistent.


We celebrate the rigour we apply to our OTJS (Overall Teacher Judgements) but, in saying that, what is more important to us is to celebrate a rich curriculum, packed full of opportunities for all children to achieve success.


What you witnessed at the Celebration of Learning last term,  the recent Art Exhibition, the stunning focus on Matariki.... plus  what you will discuss with your child/ren at the Student Led Conferences (SLCs) coming up soon, all allows for this recognition of different strengths and maybe also skills to be uncovered. Maybe a yet to be disclosed talent or passion may also be realised. I hope so.


So, with National Standards coming to attention once again… naturally I was reminded of Sir Ken Robinson (I know  you’ve heard this from me many times) but for a top up, or if you have newly joined our school, I urge you to listen/watch.


He is the man!

Matariki - what a day!
Matariki, many shiny eyes in the sky (not yesterday!) and also many hands and heads and hearts on the ground!

Matariki, being a time of reflection - as a community we reflect on the meaning of manaakitanga and by looking after others we are in turn also looking after ourselves. Appreciate others and your own life becomes richer.

We certainly appreciated the support of Dean Whiting, his generosity, time, wisdom and aroha was just amazing. Marilyn Head also got up extra early to chat to us about the stars, so pertinent for us at Whetukairangi. Mark Bradley has been supporting in classrooms leading up to Matariki and I know that some of you enjoyed this opportunity to learn alongside your children. Thanks also to the parents quietly, cheerfully and thoughtfully bustling behind the scenes. It’s certainly been all go!

John really has had his head full for some time, taking the lead in the organisation and oh… what a haka! It never fails to bring a tear and now we have our very own, created by us, for us… it’s truly special.

I would also like to acknowledged all of the staff and their 12 + hour day yesterday… I know this school community is most fortunate that our staff give that little bit more, 
constantly go that much further than the boundaries of their  job description. The weekend is almost here and they will be needing and relishing that!

Matariki, also a time for new beginnings and new learning - I’m so looking forward to that in this year ahead.