Principal’s Message

Dear Parents, Caregiver, and Whānau

Accord Teacher Only Day
There have been several Accord Teacher Only Days over the past two years.  These days are provided to support the implementation of changes being made in the New Zealand Curriculum Refresh and the strengthening of NCEA.

At Sancta Maria College, our learning areas are rewriting schemes of work that will capture these changes and guide teaching and learning in readiness for Level 1 implementation in 2024, Level 2 in 2025 and Level 3 in 2026.  Our school together with many others, are piloting Level 1 Standards in Health & Physical Education, Religious Studies, and Japanese.  We are also involved in co-requisite numeracy and literacy pilots at Year 10.

Development of the Local Curriculum
The work in this area dovetails perfectly with our own localised “Purpose Curriculum” that is being developed with assistance from the Ministry of Education, Senior Leadership Team and all our teaching staff.

Community Consultation
A big thank you to those parents who responded to our recent survey.  The return rate was 25%.
While we are still reviewing and analysing all of the survey data, there were valuable ideas and a range of opinion shared on several focus areas which will be useful in determining the priorities for the next strategic plan that will be developed during 2023 for implementation in 2024.  This consultation will sit alongside teacher and student voice captured in surveys too, and we look forward to sharing these with you in the future.

Staff Professional Learning (Late Start)
You will be aware of the late start students have on alternate Thursday mornings.  This time is used by staff for Professional Learning.  Teaching staff find this time very productive and valuable, and students benefit by the college having high quality teaching and learning programmes and teachers being able to reflect on and improve their teaching practice.  Teachers engage in inquiries that contribute in positive ways to be more inclusive in their practice and Future Focused in their pedagogy.

With warm blessings,
Louise Moore