It is that time of the year when we are working through our planning and staffing for 2017. It is a time of anticipation for the new year and excitement for the initiatives and changes that occur as any learning community evolves.
It is also a time, when we all reflect on a year that is nearly over, what we have achieved, what our goals are for the future, and what we would like to do next.
We have some staff who have made the decision to move on to focus on other aspects of their full and busy lives and while we will take the time at the end of the year to formally farewell them and acknowledge their not inconsiderable contributions, I did want to inform you that there will be some changes.
Term Three is drawing to a close and we certainly have plenty happening next week to end the term on.
A reminder that Learning Conversations between teachers, parents and students will be held on Tuesday 20 September from 6.00pm – 9.00pm and on Friday 23 September from 9.00am – 3.00pm. On Friday 23 September there are no formal classes scheduled so, apart from the Learning Conversations, your daughters are not required to be at school for classes that day. They are also not expected to wear uniform to the Learning Conversations.
The interview site for bookings will close on Tuesday 20 September at 12.00pm. It will re-open for further bookings on Wednesday 21 September at 9.00am before closing at 3.00pm on Thursday 22 September. Please visit https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/ and enter the code jrpdp to make your bookings.
Please note that Mr Pacey is unavailable for the Learning Conversations and Mr Grant and Miss Allott are unavailable for the Friday session.
We had a very successful ‘Dress as Your Favourite Book Character Day’ on Monday as part of our Library Celebration. It was great to see the students and staff get in to the spirit of things. As part of this week the form and tutor classes have been deciding on the book they will donate on Tuesday at assembly.
The Kapa Haka group have been busy practising for the Otago Polyfest which is taking place next Wednesday. We wish them well for this.
A number of students completed projects for the 2016 Otago Science and Technology fair. This was an opportunity to showcase their scientific thinking and an understanding of the accepted scientific investigative process, as well as their creative and communication skills. The following girls did particularly well, gaining one or more prizes:
– University of Otago – Department of Human Nutrition Award
– Forest and Bird Society Award
– Department of Conservation Award
– Birds New Zealand Award