Welcome back to Term Three! This term has kicked off well with our annual sporting exchange with Pukekohe Intermediate School. It was a great day that allowed over 100 students and 5 different codes to get involved with and challenge themselves.
This week our School EXPO and Open Day shows prospective families the many and varied opportunities that we have to offer at Mount Roskill Intermediate School. We appreciate the involvement of our wonderful students in this event, showcasing different curriculum and extra- curricular areas. The EXPO will run this Wednesday at 9am and 7pm. If you would like to attend, please see the above information for more detail.
This is the time of year where we analyze our school Achievement and progress data against National Standards. This helps us to continue to target and ensure that students are making the most progress possible. It is exciting to see that in reading, so far this year, approximately 40% of students have already made accelerated progress in their learning. This means that their rate of learning is more than what the expected rate of progress is for this time of year. It is a fantastic result. We know that a couple of things help to make the difference in learning, your child specifically knowing what they need to work on (their learning goals) and families being involved in the learning of their children. Thank you for your involvement.
We probably all know about School Journals, many of us grew up reading the journals as part of our main school reading programme. Recently a team of Literacy Specialists from the School Journal Team, including a member of the Commonwealth Education Trust, visited our school to observe literacy being taught in the classroom. This is an excerpt of the visit that they blogged about on ‘literacy on-line’:
“It was good to see a strong commitment to explicit teaching to complement the students’ use of technology for paired and independent learning and enquiry. As we observed in Nicky’s classroom she taught a class of diverse students in a most engaging and productive way. In all of her approaches the teacher used a mix of media – books, pencils, iPad minis, desktop computers and the shared reading was done with a data projector with a big screen for the text. Here was a New Zealand teacher innovating on our world-leading approaches of shared and guided reading, teaching content vocabulary and engaging her students with media both digital and real. I’m still buzzing!”
Neale Pitches CEO - CSI Literacy and Lift Education.
It was great to host the School Journal team and have such positive affirmation of our programme. As a school we focus on developing and using effective literacy teaching. This is also a factor in the progress and achievement that we see evident with our students across the school. Special thanks goes to Nicky Fleming for hosting the School Journal Team and sharing her practice.
Finally, next week a group of students fly down to Queenstown for our annual Ski-trip where they will spend the week honing their skiing skills on the Remarkables and at Cardrona. We wish them good weather and exciting learning!
Whaia te matauranga hei oranga mo koutou
Seek after learning for the sake of your well-being