25 February 2014
TERM ONE ACADEMIC CONFERENCES
Term one academic conferences will be held on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday 5 March and on Thursday March 6.
Academic conferences are a 20 minute meeting involving parents, their student and the student’s form teacher. Form teachers will discuss where each student is at with their learning and academic strengths and weaknesses as a first step towards identifying and agreeing on learning goals for the year.
The term one conferences will focus on each student’s academic achievements to date using data such as their end of 2013 reports from this or their previous school, Junior Diploma information, NCEA Record of Learning, and results from Year 9 entry tests.
Prior to the conferences each student will be asked to reflect on their own academic achievements so far and prepare learning goals ready for discussion with their parents and form teacher. These are to be prepared using pages 12 and 13 of the 2014 Student Planner, which students have already received.
Successful conferences are ones where students have discussed their achievements and goals with their parents / caregivers and have thought hard about what they need to do to achieve academic success this year.
Student Academic Conferences
Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 March 2014
Have you replied to the school to confirm your appointment?
To confirm: Return Slip Return the slip on your letter to your .
student’s form teacher
Phone 09 238 0774
The focus of the student academic conference is:
- For your child to share with you their academic achievements so far and discuss an action plan for them to achieve their personal academic goals.
- An opportunity for a discussion between you, your child and their Vertical Form Teacher to focus on your child’s personal education plan.
- To understand how your child is progressing at school for their future pathway.
Our experience from last year’s conferences confirms that the partnership between home and school has a significant positive impact on student achievement.
This is a reminder to come to the school for the conference with your child’s Vertical Form Teacher at the time specified in a letter sent home last week.
Regular Attendance – A Key Element in Academic Success
To be successful at school and achieve qualifications, students need regular attendance. By regular we mean a better than 90 percent attendance rate, 90 percent attendance is a figure promoted by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and the Ministry of Education as a minimum level of attendance necessary for effective learning. That is, students need to be in at least 90 percent of all of their lessons. It is also supported by our experience. Quite simply, students who don’t maintain a high level of attendance don’t achieve to the level they are capable of.
So what does 90 percent attendance mean?
It means missing fewer than 15 days of school a year, or four days a term, or one day a fortnight.
Students, and parents of students who have an attendance record that drops below 90 percent need to reflect on the impact that this will be having on learning.
A constant goal at our school is to raise achievement and to see higher percentages of students achieving NCEA qualifications. Parents and caregivers have a significant part to play in this by ensuring their student(s) maintain a level of attendance that is needed for effective learning, and that is better than 90 percent.
Te Ara Poutama Big Blue Day
On March 4 year 10 students will be participating in the annual Big Blue Day.
Students will participate in exciting team-building and problem solving activities where they will be physically and mentally challenged. Members of the community will be running activities with teachers. These include Police Youth Education and Huakina Trust.
This is a non-uniform day and students will need to come dressed to participate in outdoor and swimming activities. Students will need to bring lunch or money for a sausage sizzle. The day will begin with an assembly in the school hall then we will move to Bledisloe Park and the Jubilee Pools for the day.
The rugby season starts soon and teams will be arranged soon. If you wish to play this year a completed form needs to be handed into the Student Centre with the $70 registration fee (reduced from $75) before March 7. The muster date is set for March 19. Training is underway for the 1st and 2nd XV at 6pm each Tuesday and Thursday at Counties Number 2 field. The U14 team are training at the same times on the school fields. Coaches are also required for U15 and Restricted Weight grades. For further details please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Any year 12 or 13 students interested in training to be a rugby referee can do so during a FREE 2 day course at the Eco Light Stadium in Pukekohe. The course carries 10 level 3 NCEA credits and takes place during the holidays on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 May. For further details contact the Sports Office or email John.Dustow@steelers.co.nz
SchoolConnect – A FREE Careers Resource:
Deciding where to go and what to do after high school is not easy – in fact it becomes more complicated year-on-year with more options being added all the time! Visit SchoolConnect and get tailored, up-to-date and unbiased careers information all in one place. www.schoolconnect.co.nz
- SchoolConnect offers information about study, work and travel
- Gives students an accurate perspective of what is out there in terms of study and work options
- Try the Careers Quiz
- Ask an employer/career expert a question on the forum page
- Register for regular updates and prize draws
PROCEDURE FOR STUDENT ABSENCES
If your child is absent from school please either:
1. Leave a message on the school absence line – Ph 238 6089, press 1.
2. Email email@example.com with a message including the student’s name.
3. Send a note to school with your student if you know in advance they are going to be away.
EARLY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
Guidelines for replying to absence messages – please reply to the message so we can focus on those who are absent without an explanation
a) Please “reply” to the message on the phone it was received on. This helps get the message back into our system. If you do not have any credit on your phone or cannot reply on the phone please find another phone and call the school on 238 6089 ext 264.
b) When replying put a Y (if you are aware your child is absent) followed by a reason, or N (if you were not aware of the absence).
c) Do NOT send a reply back to the number displayed from another phone as this will not come back into our system.
d) Do NOT send an absence note to the number displayed from a previous absence notification as this will not be received by our system. Call the absence line and leave a voice message.
The email absence notification will instruct you to click on a link in the email. This will take you to the webpage where you can put in your response. Do NOT “Reply To” the email; click on the link instead.
If you have recently changed your mobile phone number or email address please email your new details to: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 238 6089 ext 210 so we can update our records.
2014 ATHLETICS CHAMPIONS
Junior Girls - Hayley Marx (Massey)
Junior Boys - Sashin Straker (Perkins) and
Kalib Hancock (Massey)
Int Girls - Kaitlin Petherick (Blake)
Int Boys - Dylan Moxon (Jellicoe) and
Tonga Liuaki (Jellicoe)
Senior Girls - Autumn Morgan (Jellicoe)
Senior Boys - Ethan Vaughan (Massey)
2014 TENNIS CHAMPIONS
Junior Girls - Roxanne Rawnsley (Day)
Junior Boys - Sam Pascoe (Jellicoe)
Int Girls - Claudia Kerr-Smith (Jellicoe)
Int Boys - Ryan Montgomery (Blake)
Senior Girls - Kendra Caddy (Day)
Senior Boys - Hiraku Walley (Massey)
The highlight of the finals was the game between Hamish Simmonds and
Ryan Montgomery in the intermediate boys’ grade. Tied at 1 set each in
the best of 3 sets, the last set progressed to a 13-11 tiebreaker.
Pukekohe High School Rowing
Head of Harbour regatta results – 15 February Lake Pupuke
1st U15 Doubles. Alex McRobbie, Dylan Lawrence
1st U15 Doubles. Murphy Waters, Daniel Barron
1st U18 Novice Doubles. Taylor Herangi, Zach Harris
1st U16 Quad. Rebecca Caulton, Larissa O’Gorman, Tessa Butters, Leone Humber, Olivia Andrew (cox)
1st U15 Doubles. Hannah Wise, Georgia Skelton
1st U17 Doubles. Tauhi Lopeti, Bailee Waller
1st U16 Doubles. Zoe Turton, Evie Brake
1st U16 Doubles. Bryni Waldron-Lemon, Olivia Waller
2nd U15 Doubles. Amelia Bennett, Hannah Markham
2nd U15 Quad. Ben Kelway, Regan Bernasconi, Tu’a Fakava, Murphy Waters, Regan Hull (cox)
2nd U15 Four. Daniel Barron, Tu’a Fakava, Regan Bernasconi, Murphy Waters, Connor Hull (cox)
3rd U15 Quad. Amelia Bennett, Rebecca Goulstone, Hannah Markham, Eleanor Cato, Madison Walters (cox)
3rd U18 Doubles. Danielle Vandermeer, Meg Dempsey
3rd U17 Quad. Tauhi Lopeti, Bailee Waller, Ma’u Isileli-Foou, Georgia Malins, Jacinta Taiapa (cox)
3rd U16 Quad. Zoe Turton, Evie Brake, Ma’u Isileli-Foou, Meg Dempsey, Jacinta Taiapa (cox)
3rd U15 Doubles. Samantha Fausett, Natasha Scott
2014 COUNTIES MANUKAU SECONDARY SCHOOLS’ TENNIS CHAMPIONS
Sam Pascoe - Junior Boys’ runner-up
Roxanne Rawnsley - Junior Girls’ runner-up
Claudia Kerr-Smith - Intermediate Girls’
Maxine Rawnsley - Intermediate Girls’ runner-up
Jake Caine and Quaide Brady-Leathem - Junior Boys’ doubles winners
Manisha Jeram and Brianna McCort - Intermediate Girls’doubles runners-up
Joaquin(Jake) Botta - Senior Boys’ consolation winner
2014 EQUESTRIAN TEAM
Congratulations Ellenna Caudwell, Rebecca Morris-Wilton and Abbey
Thompson on finishing runners-up at the Auckland Secondary Schools’
Equestrian Trials at Henderson.