Thank you for all of your feedback – this is really useful for me to get a real feel for what is important to our community; students, staff and parents.
Below are the word cloud responses to “what do you love about VAS’ from the different groups – how beautiful is it that our community love our teachers, our staff love our community and our students love our community and our teachers?! What an amazing place to be!
I have also asked you for your questions and some responses are included here while others will need a little more thought and consultation to answer. Thank you for your patience as I learn about our school and what is important to our people and use this to work with all stakeholders to develop our strategic direction. I will continue to ask and to share as this is developed.
It was an honour to be invited to the Year 6 Leaver’s dinner last week. A huge thank you to the dedicated parents who created an amazing memory for their children. The evening was a lovely mix of fun, inspiration, reflection and looking forward and will be a night to remember for our Year 6 students as they take the next step in their learning journey. I am confident the quality learning they have had at VAS will serve them well in the years to come.
This week I have had the pleasure of visiting a lot of classes to see their learning in action as well as chatting with parents when they are helping with class events. We have had Waterwise, Fairy Tale Feasts, Athletics, Ice Age Day, Stone Age Museums and zoo trips so there is a lot going on here as we move towards the end of the year! A huge thank you to the parents who have helped with all of these events – our fabulous teachers could not provide the opportunities we do without your help! It has been lovely for me to be able to say hello to you at these events and to begin to get to know our community.
Tomorrow we will share in celebrating our prize winners at our annual prize giving. Congratulations to all who receive a cup or a certificate this year, you have worked hard for this and we are delighted to recognise and celebrate your achievements with you. You will also receive your end of term reports and I have been delighted to see the progress our students have made during this challenging year. Thank you to the teachers for their passion and dedication to this during lockdown, to our parents for their openness to a new way of working and learning from home and supporting their children and to our students for their resilience, positivity and giving their best always!
Our class placement process is comprehensive. We gather data from teachers who then create draft lists considering social dynamics and student learning needs as well as ensuring a gender balance. We then rework the lists until we have our final class placements. Our teachers are wonderful observers and judges of the relationships in their rooms, and we tap into this expertise when making up class lists.
Tomorrow when students are told what class they will be in I encourage you to be positive about their class placement as they take their cue from you. Our children test our reaction to news to gauge how they should react, we need to be the reassurance they need. So be positive, reassure them and show them that you are confident that they will have a good year.
Let us know your priorities for the community
Please help our school and our board in their visioning and strategic work by letting us know the top three priorities for our community over the next few years here: https://forms.gle/2ZzGVUf7RVm94Q4JA.
This is the final form for this year and your input is valued as the feedback we receive helps us to determine our next steps as a school. Thank you to all who have contributed so far this year, I have really enjoyed reading your comments!
Ngā mihi nui