Dear Parents and Caregivers
As we come up to the end of our first term I am happy to report that School has been very settled with the vast majority of students focused on learning and achievement. A small number of students have decided that they are not able to measure up to our expected standards and values, and have moved on. Despite this there has been a net increase in our roll with continuing enrolments from students who are attracted to our safe learning environment and sense of family.
I met with a selection of Year 9 students from most of our contributing schools and was thrilled to hear their extremely positive views on their relationships with teachers, the quality of learning and the sense of family they are experiencing.
I leave tomorrow for China as part of a Principal’s Delegation and return on 24 April. The purpose of the trip is make contact with schools in China and start the development of educational relationships. In this way Forest View can support the educational and economic connections the South Waikato District Council is making with Yichun City in China.
Congratulations to Dong Mei Lim who scored very highly in her first University of Canterbury Calculus assessment. Dong Mei is completing some University Calculus Papers while at Forest View.
Rangiora Ogden-Wilson will travel as part of the Western Heights High School group to China tomorrow and return on April 24. She was offered this opportunity as a result of her excellent progress learning Mandarin as part of Forest View’s international language programme. The group will be based in Nanchang and there is no doubt she will have a wonderful trip.
Congratulations to Chris Stokes who undertook further study during 2015. Chris completed her Graduate Diploma in Business (Level 7) through the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, the Certificate in Business Management and the Certificate in Accounting through The Career Academy.
Teachers are reporting some disruption to teaching and learning when parents or caregivers ring or text their students at School. I will ask teachers to insist that phones will only be used if authorised as part of the learning activities, other than that, they are turned off. In an emergency, contact School in the first instance and we will see the student(s) concerned.
As a result of clear expectations for students to be involved in these activities we are very pleased to see the huge increase in the numbers of students involved in sport, performing arts and cultural activities. Please support our students in their endeavours.
Thank you to the parents and caregivers who met with their student’s tutor. Just under 50% of parents and caregivers attended and I would like to see this considerably improved. We are reviewing the process for the mid-year conferences A crucial part of ongoing student learning and achievement is how well parents, students and teachers work together and conferences provide an opportunity for this to happen.
Monitoring of Students’ NCEA Progress
If you haven’t done so, please get the KAMAR app so you can follow NCEA Achievement, notices and attendance. Teachers will be regularly monitoring achievement to ensure students don’t fall behind.