Tena Koutou Katoa
We are coming to the end of another term. Our recent teacher only day focused on our Catholic Marist Character along with He Kakano initiative that we are running in the College. This focused on how we, as educators, can continue to work to develop effective, caring relationships with all students of the College to support their success. The He Kakano initiative that the College is participating in is focusing on how we can most effectively develop the College and ourselves as staff, to deliver and support high achievement for Maori students and whanau, along with other students. These initiatives have been part of the increased success in the College over the last few years and will underpin our success in achieving our goals for all students this year. We have set the targets of 85% achievement of NCEA Level 1, 90% achievement of Level 2 and 75% achievement of Level 3. Having achieved great success last year we have raised the bar. Having reviewed the achievement information for students currently available I am confident that we are well on the way to outstanding success again this year.
We are also coming up to enrolment season for 2013. I would like to encourage all those parents of students intending to join the Verdon family next year to ensure that they approach their parish priest to complete preference certificates required for enrolment to the College. These once completed can be submitted to the College prior to the enrolment process which begins next term. The enrolment packs will be available from the office on the first day of next term i.e. Monday 16 July and this is a reminder to get your application for enrolment forms into the office early to avoid disappointment as last year we were required to close the roll at two levels.
Finally I would ask that as a community that we keep those families that are coping with illness and the loss of loved ones in your prayers at this time.