Junior School Update

Supporting your child to achieve personal excellence

This year we have made a major push with students to promote personal excellence and achieving to the best of their abilities. You can help at home by: 

  • Ensuring your child is ‘ready to learn’. This means ensuring your child is at school on time and has been encouraged to pack the right equipment for the day ahead. Students should have a device that brought to school, fully charged every day 
  • Discussing their learning with them. Do they know what they are learning? Why they are learning it? What their next steps are? 
  • Developing positive habits for the completion of homework. Your support is very important particularly in Year 7-10 when self management skills are still being developed 
  • Having high expectations of your child. This will reinforce school expectations. High expectations promote both students’ academic achievement and their wellbeing. Research shows that the expectations of teachers, parents and peers affect students’ self-esteem, feelings of self-efficacy and their academic motivation. These motivational factors are strongly linked to learning and achievement. 

Term 1 Progress Reports
On Friday 12 April progress reports that indicate how students have settled into the 2024 academic year will be sent home to whānau. These indicate student attitudes/motivation in engagement, behaviour, progress and homework and will allow you to have discussions about what can be celebrated and areas to ‘work on’ for Term 2 and beyond. 

If a student has been marked as ‘unsatisfactory’ in any area teachers have been encouraged to contact home prior to reports going out so that this will not come as a surprise.

Courtenay Kilpatrick
Deputy Principal – Year 7-10