Term 4 is now well underway. It is fantastic to see that our initial end of year data from teachers shows that our students have continued to make excellent progress with their learning. Some of the things that have made the biggest impact on results are the students knowing and setting their goals, having targeted teaching by our wonderful teaching staff and your involvement as families in the learning of your child. Thank you for working with us. I will share more detail around our learning achievements next month.
We recently held our Campus Maori Graduation. This has become an important part of the school calendar where we welcome the Year 6 students into our care and farewell our Year 8 students, handing them over to Mount Roskill Grammar School, for the next stage of their schooling. Each year, this wonderful event has continued to develop and become more significant for students and their whanau. This year the recipients of our Maori awards were: The Te Manawanui Trophy - awarded for commitment, leadership and passion for everything Maori, Ivy Reti-Black and Azalea Paul. The award for contribution to the wider life of the school - showing dedication and commitment was presented to Sedona Milich. Congratulations to these students for their achievements. Our other school awards will be presented at our School Awards Ceremony on the 10th December.
This week we have welcomed Year 6 students who are enrolled to come to Mount Roskill Intermediate School next year with orientation days. Our current Year 7 students have done an amazing job acting as mentors for these students. They will continue to look out for them and support them next year.
Earlier this year New Zealand Curriculum Online produced a story about how the Roskill Campus place students at the centre with our transition work. You may want to check out the link featuring transition at Mount Roskill Intermediate: http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/layout/set/ lightbox/Curriculum-stories/Media-gallery/Coherence/Transitions-Students-at-the-centre.
Year 8 Camp and Year 7 Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) Week take place next week. Outdoor education is an essential part of learning that gives students the opportunity to learn outside the walls of the classroom. This is where they develop new skills of working with others cooperatively, problem solving to achieve goals, face fears and conquer challenges. These skills are life-long.
Finally, I would like to congratulate the many past students who were acknowledged at the recent Mt Roskill Grammar Senior Prize giving. We are proud to follow your continued development as learners, artists, musicians, sportspeople and citizens.
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata! What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people!
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