Tena Koutou katoa
The end of term 3 marks a transition for the College and is an interesting time of year as the College community focuses on finalising our
work for the year and at the same time looks forward to the next year. Year 13 students have been on retreat focusing on their achievements for the year and looking at the question “where to from here". They have also been busily planning their next steps into tertiary education or employment. Year 12 students attending retreat are looking at leadership for next year and working on planning their goals for 2013, and all students are currently choosing their subjects for next year and planning their future careers directions. While this is an exciting time of the year it is also a time to focus on the job at hand to make sure that we as individuals, and as a community deliver on our goals and objectives for the year as well as ensuring that we are future focused to ensure that we have the best possible start to next year.
Senior students will receive feedback in relation to their progress in reports which will be posted at the end of the term. I encourage parents and students to sit down together and review the feedback in the report and to discuss the next learning steps required for success. I also encourage students to strive towards excellence for themselves at whatever their level of achievement. For those that have struggled to meet their targets, there is still time and opportunity for improvement and success. Again we encourage junior students to continue their good work as their work now provides the foundation of success in the senior school.
One of our aims this year is to continue to build on our achievement of excellence and merit endorsements and students’ progress in the senior school is very promising with a great number of students poised to achieve merits and excellence subject endorsement and NCEA endorsement. I would encourage all students to persist in their efforts in this final part of the year in order to achieve their goals and reap the rewards of the hard work that they have put in during the year.
The final week of school this term is another great celebration of what we do as a community. Students are preparing for our Haka Competition, we celebrate excellence in achievement in our Blues Assembly and the College is hosting the Convent Cup Catholic primary schools sports competition which has been a great addition to the calendar. I congratulate the students on their preparation for Haka Competition this Thursday and invite all parents to attend to help us celebrate these special events at the College.