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Principal's Comment

posted 25 May 2017, 16:39 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutou katoa

 The term is flying along and it is pleasing to see our students positively engaging with both their studies and extracurricular activities.

 There has been an amazing amount of work put into this year’s Production.  For the first time in a number of years we are able to hold this in our school hall.  This will be the first opportunity to have a function with our upgraded lighting and sound systems.  This work represents around a $40,000 investment in the stage and performance space in the Hall. This would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our PTA. I do encourage you to come along and support our students and staff by attending this Production.

 I would remind senior students to continue their positive focus on their work at this stage of the year as we are getting close to the half way point in terms of teaching time for senior students. The aggregation of credits towards qualification is a positive measure of students’ success. As I have outlined previously student progression in education and success in tertiary education is directly correlated to success in external examination while at school. It is important that students at the College are focussed on preparing thoroughly for end of year external assessment throughout the year.

 In line with our Verdon College has SOUL value of "Striving to be the best that we can be" I would also encourage all students to make sure that they are discussing their learning with their teachers and asking them how they might continue to improve their performance.  This is particularly important to do this on an ongoing basis and prior to any assessment task that they may have.

I would ask that your continue to keep all those struggling with illness or grief at this time in your prayers.

God Bless

Jarlath Kelly

 

Principal's Comment

posted 15 May 2017, 12:45 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutou katoa

  It has been a very productive and busy start to the term and I have been really pleased with the level of involvement of students in winter sports teams.  Once again this year we have had an increase in the number of students involved in winter sports particularly in netball and basketball.  Having watched some of the games played in a number of sports I think we can be really proud of the way our students work together and demonstrate their values of fair play and competitiveness in all of the different sports and grades they are competing in.

Our Production preparations and rehearsals are in full swing.  I have had the privilege of seeing some of the student performances and work that is currently going on to support this show.  Having our Production in our revamped school hall and some innovative thinking of our staff, has enabled us to involve our students in providing music to support the on stage performances.  I think there are some very exciting things developing in this year’s performances. I would encourage you all to support the Production through buying tickets from the school office and coming along to support all of the hard work that students and staff have put into this event.

We have sent home information to families to assist with supporting study and learning at the College, particularly for senior students.  The College is focused on senior students’ success in external examinations which will involve early preparations and study throughout the year.  Research shows that students’ success in tertiary education is directly correlated to their success in external examinations while at school.  The information provided will assist both students and parents and will help develop the habits to underpin this success.

Please remember to keep all our community members struggling with illness of loved family members, along with those dealing with grief and loss in your prayers.  May God's love continue to be with them and provide them with the strength they need at this time.                        

 

God Bless

Jarlath Kelly                             

Principal's Comment

posted 4 May 2017, 13:08 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutou

It has been an amazing term and we have achieved so many great things together that we can all be really proud of. Our congratulations to all those students honoured at our Colours Assembly for their academic, sporting and cultural achievements.  Your efforts and hard work are a great example of what it means to be a Verdon College student and the acknowledgement of your success is thoroughly deserved.

Our end of term has finished well with our hosting of Rockhampton Grammar netball teams from Australia. A  highlight of their trip is being hosted by our families and I want to thank those that billeted these students and looked after them so well.  I would like to congratulate all students that represented the College at the Catholic schools tournament. This tournament is a great way to get together as a larger Catholic family and forge those links between our school and students.  My thanks to all those staff and parents that assisted in the delivery of this opportunity for our students.

We are looking forward to a very exciting term two with preparation for year 7 camps and our Production underway.  We are looking forward to holding the Production in our upgraded school hall with new lighting and sound installed for the beginning of the new term. Thanks again to our PTA for your support of this ongoing project. Our PTA are running their annual ‘Surf n Turf’ fundraiser and would ask that all students and families support this effort as the funds raised go towards contributing to so many of the extras that support our students success.

Enjoy the holidays and the well earned break.

God Bless

Jarlath Kelly

 

Principal's Comment

posted 14 Mar 2017, 11:15 by Karyn Dykes

Kiaora  Koutou Katoa

We have had a great but extraordinarily busy start to the year.  Students have begun the year in the most settled and focused fashion   We have been really pleased with the positive way students have supported  our major events such as House Picnics and Athletics.  We were particularly pleased to have standing room only at our opening mass.  This  is certainly a special way to start the year.

Once again students achieved outstanding success in NCEA qualifications.  We had the  highest results in Invercargill at NCEA level 1 and 2 and achieved pleasing results at NCEA level 3 as well. It is great to see the success becoming a year on year habit.  We are very proud this past week to be able to share our successes with the ERO team visiting school.  There were some really positive feedback on the work that we have been doing as a community over the past 3 years.

It’s no secret that we have an extraordinarily high participation rate in sports and cultural activities and this year is no exception. We are always happy to hear from parents and community members  who are keen to help, please let Lee Greig know sport@verdoncollege.school.nz.

We have introduced a new concept “Verdon College has SOUL” to articulate, describe and enact our values in the way we interact with each other. We will be developing this concept throughout this year but are very pleased with the positive impact it is having already this year. 

God Bless

Jarlath Kelly


Principal's Comment

posted 29 Nov 2016, 12:31 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutou katoa

  

We are coming very rapidly to the end of the year although the positive vibe of students is continuing unabated.

 We had an excellent new entrant day and once again it was a real pleasure to welcome all those new students to the College.  It is also a great opportunity for our year 12 leaders to spend some time with the students that they will be assisting through peer support next year.

 Our Year 8 camps have concluded and have been another series of successful missions into the outdoors.  I would like to thank all those parents that went on these camps to support our students.  These are very special camps and students can be very proud of what they have achieved at Deep Cove.

 Year 10 camps go out this week these camps are an extremely important part of our programmes that benefit our students greatly the challenges and bonding they experience on these camps learning about themselves and others in their peer group is invaluable as they enter their first year of NCEA next year.  Again we appreciate the support of parents and wider community in helping us with these camps.  Unfortunately we are unable to have everyone that enquires about coming to camp attend and we do always appreciate offers of support even if we cannot always manage to get everyone on camps. Due to the level of interest in camps we will be looking to develop a system to manage this high level of offers of support in an equitable way.  

 Junior student’s examinations have gone very well and students are continuing to work in a focused and positive manner at this time of the year.  It is fantastic to be able to say each year that it feels like the students are even more engaged and positive than last year.

 I ask that you continue to keep in your prayers all those that are struggling with illness and injury of loved ones. We know that prayer is a powerful healer and provides those in these situations with support.

 

Jarlath Kelly

Principal

 

Principal's Comment

posted 6 Nov 2016, 19:20 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutou katoa

 It is always amazing that this time of year comes around so fast and we are planning our end of year celebrations while farewelling our senior students as they go on study leave prior to another challenging exam season. .

 I would like to thank the year 13 students for their contribution to the College community over their time at the College.   It has been amazing to see them grow into extremely capable young men and women during this time.  We are really excited to see where their journeys take them in the future.

 We have provided senior students some material with the last set of reports to assist with their study.  The external examinations are extremely important and particularity success at University is very closely linked to success in external examination.  We encourage students to do their best to attempt all papers in examinations to ensure their success.  As advised - “Best topics first to ensure best grade; least confident topics last as if you  run out of time it does not matter to the same extent".

 While it is a little sad to be farewelling our year 13’s it is always exciting to be welcoming our new year 7 students this year at our new entrants day. It is always an exciting time and this year we are full up with 114 students in the year level.

 Our College roll for 2017 is expected to be 715 with our maximum roll at 700 we will be talking to the Ministry about how we manage this for next year and in the future. Once again the Board and management are committed to ensuring we maintain our smaller family feel and smaller classes. We will continue to ensure places for Catholic students particularly those at Catholics primaries to attend Verdon College in the future but this is increasingly becoming a balancing act due to the popularity of the College.

 All the best to senior student for their examinations.

 Rely on God

 

 Jarlath Kelly

Principal

 

Principal's Comment

posted 22 Sep 2016, 13:44 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutotu katoa

 

We have come to the end of another very successful term. Our Blues assembly and inter-house kapahaka competition were great ways to celebrate the end of a very successful term..  Blues Awards, one of our premier occasions, acknowledges outstanding achievement over the last three years of the students time at the College.  My congratulations to those students receiving Blues awards.  It was  great to see so many of these students receive awards in more than one area. My congratulations also to all those that received colours awards.

 Our students performances in our  Interhouse Kapahaka competition was outstanding and once again it was really exciting to see how this event  has developed over the years. One special aspect has been the student’s leadership, teaching and encouragement of each other.  We can feel really proud that all of our students have the opportunity confidence and ability to participate in haka and waiata providing them with confidence and ability wherever they go in their further education and employment.

 Staff will have provided senior students and parents with some feedback in senior reports. Senior students should review this feedback to assist them in their revision programme. Additionally we have published information to assist in the planning and preparation of students for external examinations.

 Once again we have had a very successful enrolment season and are again in the unfortunate situation  of having to turn applications away as we have met or slight exceed our the quota at almost every level of the College.  We will be managing this very positive situation with our ongoing preference for students that attend our Catholic primaries and preference students from other schools particularly those with family connections.  We will begin next year at around 710 students.

 I wish you all a very restful holiday.

 

God Bless

Jarlath Kelly

 

Principal's Comment

posted 22 Aug 2016, 18:23 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutou katoa

 It has been an exceptionally busy first half of the term, but once again, very successful for the students and staff of the College. There have been many very positive events happening in the College; the performance of our winter sports teams which is continuing to go from strength to strength, our extra curricula activities and the academic environment throughout the College is really positive and focused.

Special Character and traditions have been at the centre of recent events and our combined schools mass was a wonderful Celebration of 800 years of Dominican Charism.  This along with our Assumption Mass celebration in the past two weeks has been a real celebration of our Catholic character.  I continue to encourage students to get involved in activities of their parishes as part of our wider community.

Our senior students have received feedback in their reports, along with the recent parent teacher interviews, and it is important that they are working on that feedback. Seniors will be beginning their senior examinations this week. These examinations are important for students in regard to practising for the end of year exams and providing focus for their revision. It is important for senior students to analyse their feedback from these examinations and put in place strategies to build on their achievement to date and maximize their success in examinations at the end of the year.

I would like to congratulate our Bishop’s Shield team on their representation of the College at the recent competition.  While we may not have had the success that we have achieved over the past several years our students did an amazing job.  I am always proud of the way our students represent their values so well, both on and off the stage, at this event and this year was no exception.

 Our Open Day was very successful and we remind parents to get their applications in as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate picture of student numbers for 2017.  We are likely to be again at our maximum roll for 2017 which is exciting for the College.  It has been a great pleasure to meet so many new families looking to enrol students at the College as well as new members of current families.

 God Bless

Jarlath Kelly

 

Principal's Comment

posted 29 May 2016, 16:01 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora Koutou katoa

 It has been a very positive if not exceptionally busy start to the term.  Our students are involved in so many activities; Stage Challenge and Showcase preparation for Kapahaka nationals as well as all their sporting endeavours.  It is wonderful to see the growth in students undertaking these activities.  Student’s involvement in these activities plays such an important part of their holistic development at Verdon College.  The lessons learned by students through these activities as well as developing their understandings of themselves and others in the team environment is a really important part to their education.

 I would like to acknowledge the work of the student leaders of so many of these activities from the group that led showcase, to student coaches of so many sports teams.  These coaches and leaders are doing a fantastic job of developing the tuakana-teina relationship throughout the College and providing such good examples that our younger students are aspiring towards.  This leadership caring and support of younger students in our community is one of the most powerful examples of living our Catholic values.

 As we have completed our Board of Trustee elections I would like, on behalf of our whole community, to thank those parents and community members that have been on the Board for the last few years for their service to the community and support of the College.  We have greatly appreciated your contribution in so many areas.  I would also extend a warm welcome to new members of the Board and I am looking forward to your insight and input into the future directions of the College.

 

God Bless

Jarlath Kelly

 

Principal's Comment

posted 27 Apr 2016, 15:57 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutou katoa

We have come to an end of another exciting and very busy term.

 I was very proud of the way our students represented themselves and the College at the recent senior Catholic schools tournament. It was very special to witness the comradery and friendships between students from all schools at the tournament.  This event has gone from strength to strength and while it is very much a competitive environment it is clear that all students enjoy and appreciate being at a tournament with like-minded people. It was very special to be able to celebrate our Catholic character at the Mass on the Sunday night of the tournament.  The Mass and the tournament overall was a great reminder to students that we are part of something much bigger than just our own community.

 I was also very proud to be able to congratulate so many of our students on their achievements at our recent Colours Assembly.  Again, the number of students achieving Colours Awards has increased in both number and variety. As outlined at the Assembly this continued success is very much about our students being aspirational for themselves. I also spoke about the support positive thinking provides in enabling students to take risk towards achieving success.

 We have taken some time to work with a number of students over their safety on the internet and have had a speaker from “Attitude” come into school to talk with our students about how to interact safely in this environment.  I cannot stress enough, particularly if you have students in year 7-10, that you as  parents/caregivers take the time to talk with your sons and daughter about staying safe online. This applies both to receiving information but also to what they are posting on line. As parents please take some time to sit down with your children and review their online profiles and openly discuss their interaction on online platforms as part of the modern parenting discussion.

 It has been a very busy and successful term at the College and I wish all staff, students and families a restful and relaxing holiday breaks.

 

God Bless

Jarlath Kelly

 

 

 

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