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Principal's Comment

posted 10 Sep 2017, 18:51 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutou katoa

We have had another couple of really positive weeks at the College, I was particularly proud of our Pasifika and Kapahaka groups with their performances at Polyfest.  Much of the preparation and leadership of these groups was undertaken by the students themselves.   It is great to see so many of our senior students leading younger students in these groups.  I would like to thank all those staff and parents that have committed so much energy to the preparation of these groups and in particular all those that spent so much of their time helping our Pasifika group look so amazing.

I am really pleased with the success that we have had in our winter sports season. There have been some really pleasing  results in netball and basketball which you will see featured in this newsletter.  I would like to thank all those coaches, managers and supporters that make these opportunities happen for our students.

Our senior examinations have gone very well and I am really pleased with the progress that our students are making towards their qualifications.  I would advise that students should continue to focus on preparation for examinations as there is a clear correlation between students success in external examinations at school and their success at tertiary education.

We have had to implement enrolment restriction’s on new students  for 2018 at a number of year levels as we received over 140 applications from potential students to the College. While we understand there will be disappointment from those unable to gain a place at the College, it is positive that once again we are at our maximum capacity. We are looking forward to welcoming  all our new entrants to the College over the next few weeks.

God bless

Jarlath Kelly

 

 

 

 

Principal's Comment

posted 17 Aug 2017, 19:40 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutotu katoa

 Our very successful term continues in so many ways.  Winter sports competitions are winding up and our teams have again been extremely successful on a number of levels and in a variety of sports. Once again we have provided more teams than ever before in a range of sports and competitions. This  success and high level of participation is a tribute to the efforts of students getting involved but also all those coaches and managers that give so freely of their time.  Thank you for your efforts this year.   A big thank you must go to Lee Greig our sports coordinator who does so much hard work to support all of this sporting involvement.

 The arts endeavours within the College continue to be on a roll with the success of our students at the “Southern Jam Youth Festival”.  A big thank you to staff and parents who supported this great opportunity for our students.  Our success at Bishop's Shield was fantastic. I am most proud of how our students represented the College with their positive and friendly approach to interacting with everyone at the event, something commented on by a number of people attending the weekend. Similarly our House Drama evening was an enthusiastic and entertaining night as always. A big congratulation’s to all involved.

 Our Open Day was extremely successful and we have received a lot of positive feedback about the welcoming nature of the College.  I would like to thank all those students that made themselves available to welcome potential student and families to the College. We are receiving more interest in enrolment than ever before which is positive however, I would encourage all those with families and friends seeking enrolment at the College in 2018, to get their applications in as soon as possible. It is likely that  enrolment to the College will be limited and we would like to avoid any disappointment regarding lack of positions after enrolment closes.

 

God Bless

 Jarlath Kelly

 

Principal's Comment

posted 3 Aug 2017, 19:13 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutou katoa

 

It has been a great start to the term and there is a fantastic positive buzz around the College.

 Term three is "the business term" for senior students.  Students will be focussing on planning for their mock examinations in week six of this term while continuing to finalise internal work.  Support from mentors, deans and senior staff is available to assist students with the planning of work.

 All students are doing well, however, at this time of year some students become a little anxious about progress. It is important for students just to take a breath and relax looking at the positives of achievement rather than what they have yet to achieve.  Often taking time to see the positives and plan out work that needs to be achieved in small steps, helps alleviate any such worry for students.

 I would continue to encourage students to strive to be the best that they can be and set goals towards excellence and merit endorsements both at the subject level as well as overall NCEA.  Staff are always available to assist in discussing the next steps in learning for all students wishing to achieve these levels of success.

 We are continuing to receive a significant amount of enquiry about entry to the College.  We, unfortunately are not able to provide a place for all students that enquire about entry to the College.  Our focus is on ensuring placement for Catholic families and students with family association within the College as a priority.  I would encourage people to remind friends and families wishing to attend Verdon in 2018 to ensure applications are in as early as possible.

 

God Bless

Jarlath Kelly

 

Principal's Comment

posted 6 Jul 2017, 19:59 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutotu katoa

 We have reached the end of another great term at Verdon College. It is hard to believe we have had time for so many fantastic events and successes that we have been able to fit in this term.  There have been so many highlights and the positivity amongst the students has been great.  One of the things that I have been really proud of is the way our students’ support each other throughout the term in all of these activities.

 All students will be receiving reports on their progress for the last two terms. As I have shared with the students at Assembly this week “Striving To Be The Best That We Can Be”, as part of our Verdon College has SOUL concept, is in part about looking honestly at our performance and working hard to improve our performance.  Report feedback provides a great opportunity for students to take stock of the feedback they have received about their learning toward taking steps towards improvement.  While there is feedback about gaps in performance for many students it should not be taken as a negative but rather an opportunity to understand where improvement can be made.

 Our Open Day is on the 6th of August and enrolment season begins next term. The College will have a full roll again for 2018 so it is important that all those with family and friends wishing to enrol their students at Verdon College do so at the earliest opportunity and prior to the closing date for enrolments outlined in the prospectus to avoid any potential disappointment once the roll is closed.

A big thank you all the students staff and parents for all of their contribution to the College this term and I wish everyone a relaxing well-earned break.  

God Bless

Jarlath Kelly

 

Principal's Comment

posted 26 Jun 2017, 19:57 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutou katoa

  We are rapidly approaching the end of another very successful term.  Staff are busily preparing reports on students’ progress during the first half of the year.  The importance of these reports is both to provide a record of achievement and also to provide some feedback on where students might work to improve their performance in the second half of the year. It is always important that students consider the feedback carefully towards continuing to find success in the second half of the year.

 As always the feedback is particularly important for senior students currently producing work for their NCEA qualifications. Feedback is provided to ensure that students are focussed on “striving to be the best that we can be" in our studies. It is timely at this stage of the year that senior students begin their focus on external assessment with practice examinations scheduled for the middle of next term.

 At the beginning of next term we are opening our enrolment for entry to the College for new entrants in 2018.  With the College roll at capacity we will be limiting our intake to the College. It is important that applications to the College are received as early as possible and to avoid any potential disappointment once our application processes close. Further information about the process will be supplied early next term.

 We are looking forward to concluding our term with a number of important events, year 11 Retreat, Inter-House Swimming Sports and our Inter-House Music Festival over these next two weeks.  


God Bless

Jarlath Kelly

 

Principal's Comment

posted 12 Jun 2017, 19:51 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutou katoa

The Junior Quadrangular tournament is this Wednesday in Dunedin. This is a special opportunity to get together with students from other Catholic schools to test our sporting skills, but also to develop bonds between the students of our schools. Over the past few years this tournament has led to developing friendship between the students of all of our schools and brought us closer as a Catholic family. I would like to thank all those coaches, managers and the staff that have worked so hard to ensure that this fantastic opportunity occurs. 

 Over the past few weeks there have been some amazing performances in the Arts areas of the College. I am sure that all those that went to the Production would agree it was an outstanding show.  It was great to be able to have the Production in the Hall thanks to the work of the PTA which has contributed so much to the upgrade of the sound and lighting. I would also like to congratulate those students involved in the Chamber Music District Contest and the Fibre Octave Wearable Arts Event.  We can be really proud of our students doing so well and delivering such professional performances in these public events.  I would like to thank all those staff and parents that have supported students in these events you are doing an amazing job. The Arts area is really humming at the College and we look forward to their ongoing successes throughout the year. 

 A gentle reminder about uniform.  The expectation of the College is that students are managing themselves to ensure that they are wearing their correct uniform with pride.  Hoodies are not part of the College uniform and students should be wearing plain black jackets or school vests. While we understand there will maybe times that students will not have correct uniform items, for one reason or another, it is important for our community that students are meeting our uniform expectations.  If there is any issue for students’ access to correct uniform items we are always happy to see where we can assist. 

Please continue to pray for all those in our community that are struggling with the illness or loss of loved ones at this time. May God’s love and strength be with them.

God Bless

Jarlath Kelly

 

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


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