It was great to see so many of you at the student led conferences at the end of last term. In a couple of weeks, we will be sending out a survey to get your feedback about this way of reporting to parents. The feedback I have had from teachers and students has been very positive. Here are some of the comments:
- This way of reporting is so much better than the old reports as the achievement information / data is up to date
- 15 minutes is great as it gives the children time to share their learning without being pressured by time
- The conversations between child, parent and teacher are very rich because parents and children now know the process
- I really like sharing what I am learning with my mum and dad because I could see that they were proud of me
- It’s good because my parents can see what I am learning and where I am up to
There have been a few parents who are confused / upset by the report given to them showing how their child is on track to achieving expectations against curriculum levels by the end of the year. Typically, the confusion has been around their child being attested as being ‘above’ or ‘well above’ expectation at the end of last year, but the mid year report shows that they are ‘at’ expectation. Parents have been upset because they think their child has slipped back.
It is important to remember that this is only halfway through the year, your child has moved up onto a new curriculum level, and as with anything new that you are learning, you don’t master it immediately, but at the end of a period of time, you do master it.
Your children are not ‘failing’. They are learning new, harder more challenging things and six months into the year, they are where we would expect them to be, which is working towards achieving expectation by the end of the year, hence the ‘working towards’ or ‘at’. This means that based on the six months to date, the teacher is confident that your child is on track to meeting the curriculum expectation by the end of the year, or, if they are ‘at’ expectation now, they may be on track to being ‘above’ expectation at the end of the year. Either way, nothing is going wrong, the children are making progress, it is the natural progression through the year.
Just a cautionary note about achievement over time. People’s achievement over time fluctuates; their performance can go up and down. I am going to use an All Black’s career as an analogy for how achievement can go up and down over time: Israel Dagg, worked hard and was selected as an All Black in 2010. He quickly became an outstanding player for the All Blacks, getting better each year until 2013 when he hardly scored any tries. His career plateaued through 2014 – 2016 when he took some time off to work on regaining his form. In 2017 he came back into the All Blacks, better than ever, again at the top of his game. Israel’s achievement fluctuated from ‘well above’ to ‘at’ to ‘below’ to ‘well above’. This is how it is for everyone. As long as the ongoing trajectory is upwards, then all is well.
We keep a close eye on everybody’s achievement and where necessary, we put additional support in place. This applies as much to students at risk of not reaching expectation as it does to children who are working well above expectation as it does to children who we think are flying under the radar.
Rest assured, if we have any concerns about your child’s achievement, we will communicate with you throughout the year, not just leave it until report time for you to find out.
Keeping Ourselves Safe
Keeping Ourselves Safe kicks off next week. This is such a great programme as it gives children skills to deal with any potentially unsafe situations. Details of what is taught (lesson plans) are available for parents to access on the Keeping Ourselves Safe website Keeping Ourselves Safe
The children have been loving the dance sessions and you will enjoy seeing them showing off their new dance skills. Each year group will perform two dances. The schedule for tomorrow’s performances is as follows:
Rooms 11, 12, 22, 7, 8, 10
Rooms 13, 14 & 9
The annual Quiz night is being held on Friday 6 September, with a slightly changed format. Look out for details so you don’t miss out on tickets for this very popular event.
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2019
Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April 2019
~ Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February ’19
~ Good Friday 19 April
~ Easter Monday 22 April
~ Easter Tuesday 23 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 2019
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 June ’19
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 Sept 2019
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic
OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
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1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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School Dental Service
8b Ngaio St Orakei Ph 520 0603.
The dental team will be posting letters to all new entrants to our school as required.
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NIT NIGHT TONIGHT!!
PLEASE, PLEASE CHECK FOR NITS – a number of classes have reported nits and if your infected child is not treated then many others will be!
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- Room 1: Mikaya Tonga
- Room 1: Ben Hambleton
- Room 2: Lucy Holloway
- Room 2: Grace Graham
- Room 3: Olivia Maire
- Room 3: Angela Sun
- Room 4: Hiroshi Hui
- Room 4: Poppy Mitchell
- Room 5: Alexis Tree
- Room 5: Claudia Hughes
- Room 6: Emily Shtenko
- Room 6: Aidan Chung
- Room 7: Mia Jancys
- Room 8: Jack Williams
- Room 9: Jakob Webber
- Room 10: Katie Cullen-Hieatt
- Room 11: Xavier Liu
- Room 12: Austin Farmer
- Room 13: Ned Wiehl
- Room 14: Skye Donald
- Room 15: Kyle Hebblethwaite
- Room 16: Solomon Cooper
- Room 17: Henry Darrow
- Room 17: Henry Martin
- Room 18: Eric Huang
- Room 19: Juliana Becker Botelho Junquiera
- Room 20: Violet McAuley
- Room 21: Zac Yen
- Room 22: Penelope Crosby
- Room 9: Jakob Webber
- Room 1: Arya Nair
- Room 2: Lucas Suciu
- Room 3: William Munro
- Room 4: Liam Zhao
- Becker Room 5: Natalia Botelho Junqueira
- Room 6: Grace McLachlan
- Room 7: Ivan Meng
- Room 8: Annie Williams
- Room 9: Alexa Revill
- Room 10: Olivia Binsted
- Room 11: James Mo
- Room 12: Haana Bean
- Room 13: Sophie Ngan
- Room 14: Hugo Williams
- Room 15: David Woo
- Room 16: Lucy Williams
- Room 17: Lucia Bartle
- Room 18: Anne Chen
- Room 19: Muzamel Shahi
- Room 20: Ota Shimizu
- Room 21: Benjamin Rong
- Room 22: Yuna Choi
Fabulous results – Chinese Calligraphy Competition
There were 2000 competitors in the Chinese Calligraphy Competition. Victoria Avenue School entered 10 students.
Jaizhen Angel Sun came a wonderful third in the Primary School Division! Crystal Tan received an award of merit.
We are so proud of all our students.
A huge thank you to Yuseng Deng (Daisy) our VAS Manderin assistant from the Confucius Institute for working so hard and enthusiastically with our students.
Last week, rooms 2 & 3 raised $410 towards the school’s forest project. Thanks to those parents and the whole school for supporting.
On Friday 9th August (week 3) we are having our KidsCan Mufti day. The theme is crazy hair mufti, can kids please bring a gold coin.
Seminar for Chinese Parents
A seminar for Chinese parents will be held in the school hall on Sunday 4th August from 9.30am to 11.30am. The invited speaker is Emily Ping who will present the seminar in Mandarin. She is a mother of two children and has worked at Saint Kentigern College for 14 years. Her older son Andrew Chen, who was recently on the news in the Chinese community, has graduated as an IB perfect scorer, a NZ Premier Scholar, an International Mathematical Olympiad Medallist and a school prefect, and is now serving as a Youth MP.
Emily will cover a variety of topics including the philosophy and features of primary school education in New Zealand, how this differs from that in China; how and why assessment (eg: PAT and easTTle) is conducted, how to interpret the results; how to help children develop a love for reading at home; what mathematical thinking is, why mathematical thinking is important, and how to help children develop mathematical thinking in everyday life; why co-curricular activities are important, especially in developing interpersonal skills; and how to maintain a positive relationship with children as they inevitably grow older.
All Chinese parents are welcomed.
Epipen School Offer from one of our Parents: $135 including delivery to school – $5 donated to school for each delivery!
As a mum and a pharmacist I understand that epipens can be expensive. I can personally deliver your epipen (which is temperature sensitive) to the school office. This ensures the medication is not exposed to temperature fluctuations within the courier van and saves you time and hassle. We provide the latest expiry dating and we can tell you the current one when contacting us. Deliveries will be done on a weekly basis during school term. Discount available for 2 or more pens. For more information, please contact [email protected]
With more than 15 years of teaching experience, LeeAnna has taught ballet to students from over 15 different countries. She studied classical ballet for the majority of her life in the United States, and has taught at international schools in Switzerland and in Myanmar (Burma).
These After-school Ballet classes will be a fun introduction to formal ballet training. Children will learn ballet terminology, movements, and fundamental positions with an emphasis on improving body awareness and coordination. Ensuring that students receive individual attention within the group setting will be important during classes.
Ballet attire is encouraged: leotard, tights, ballet slippers, and (optional) skirt.
Mostly importantly, students should wear clothing that is flexible and allows for comfortable movement.
Cost: $220 for Term 3
**Children enroling after the first class (25/7) will have an adjusted class fee
To enrol, please email: [email protected]
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