I trust you all had a wonderful school break with your children, and everyone is looking forward to another term of learning. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the new families that are joining us this week, along with a couple of younger siblings that are starting in Te Kakano. Our new families are joining us from different parts of the country or region so please take the time to welcome them to our whanau here at RCS.
For those of you who did not manage to get to the final assembly for Term Two I have included the Te Pihinga presentation here. I have been particularly impressed with the learning that has occurred in Te Pihinga in their LIGHTS time. They have been learning to use some excellent ‘thinking tools’ to examine the information they have learnt about water, its importance and the impact that humans are having on it. I’m really looking forward to the projects they will be completing this term to make a positive difference to their world!
In the final week of Term Two, the teachers from each hub analysed the progress made by students to determine whether the progress made by the students was ‘standard’, meaning they had made the level of progress that the New Zealand Curriculum Progressions suggests they should in six months, or whether they had made less or more progress than this ‘standard’ level. From this, the leadership team met to look at the picture this creates across the school. It was very encouraging to see the percentage of students that have made greater than expected progress, particularly in Reading and Writing. One thing I appreciate and admire about the staff here at RCS is their willingness to analyse what is working and not working for students and modify their practice accordingly or try a new initiative to meet the needs of their students.
Please remember that if you have any questions about these initiatives or any of our programmes you are welcome to come in and chat with the teachers or drop in and see me on a Tuesday morning at 9 am.
Some of you may have noticed this morning, or on Facebook last week, that the house has been removed to make way for the new Te Kakano building. We are praying there will be a good stretch of dry weather around the corner so the builders can get underway and have our new building ready for February next year.
We are also looking forward to Learning Conferences next week. Please make sure you have booked in to see your child’s kohanga teacher, so we can ensure we are all on the same page with your child’s next learning steps.