Introduction

The new School Board held its last board meeting of the year on 5 December.

Student achievement

As is custom, the main focus of our last Board meeting of the year is on year-end Student Achievement data.  This is the final outcome of the full-year effort put in by our teachers and school leaders, to regularly track the progress of each and every student within the school.

There may be a misconception that these assessments are used to allow more focus on those students who are under-achieving.  The truth is that every student is individually monitored, and our teachers have plans in place to help every student meet – or exceed – their potential.

The achievement data is presented to the Board by Jane Cameron and Anne Bridgman in a large booklet, with comprehensive reporting across each year group and subject area.  Results are typically broken down into gender, and there is also separate reporting on Maori and Pasifika students.

The main benchmark against which our students’ performance can be measured is the curriculum level expectations.  Students are assessed against the expected level of achievement based on their year level at school in each of the three key curriculum areas of reading, writing and maths.

In 2022, despite the significant impact of earlier lockdowns, our students have achieved superbly against these benchmarks and are back at their pre-covid levels.  The proportion of our students who were assessed either “at expectation”, “above expectation” or “well above expectation” was 96% in Reading, 94% in Writing and 93% in Mathematics.  In all cases these rates of achievement are up on 2020 and 2019.

We also started tracking those students who have achieved accelerated rates of learning, whereby they make more than one year’s progress during the year.  We are pleased to report that 37% of students achieved an accelerated rate of learning in one curriculum area, 16% in two areas and 5% (or 19 students) in all three curriculum areas.

The Board wishes to extend its thanks to all our wonderful teachers for their hard work and dedication, and our wonderful students for producing these great results.

Best wishes

This is our last Board newsletter for 2022.  We are grateful for all the hard work contributed by our students, our excellent team of teachers, support staff and leaders, and by so many of our parent community.

All the very best for a restful and happy Christmas season, and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2023.

Board contact details

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