Term 4, Week 5 — School news, upcoming dates and notices
A Message from the Principal
On Sunday 11th November at 11.00 am we remembered the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of the First World War. Throughout the country, various memorials took place, none as visual as the 18,000 crosses in Auckland Domain. Kohimarama School will be given a set of these crosses to use in future ANZAC and other ceremonies about our history.
The opportunity exists to visit the memorial before its closing on 20 November.
The Kohimarama School ERO report on our school’s performance will be available on their website in the next few days. The report is a testament to the whole learning community who together are continuing to achieve excellence, enable students to be learners for the 21st century and provide the opportunities to innovate and create.
ERO were pleased to affirm our school direction and were complimentary of the Board, staff, students and parents in the way that we work together to accelerate learning. ERO describes Kohimarama School as being very effective in our outcomes and compliments us on providing conditions that achieve excellence. The Review Office will revisit the school in the next 4-5 years. A more detailed synopsis will be forwarded once the report has been released.
Kohimarama School – Alumni Success
Kohimarama are very proud of former students who have achieved academic success at the recent Selwyn College prize-giving.
Congratulations to these students for their awards.
- 2018 Dux: Angeline Lloyd-Bryant
- Year 13 Scholar: Dina Xharra
- Year 11 Top Scholar: Natalia George
Teacher and Principal Bargaining – My Update – The Current Situation
In recent months, there has been a great deal of media attention regarding the current teaching crisis particularly in big cities. What has not been as clear in the media is the fact that this issue is just as prevalent, if not worse, in some rural communities. Neither has it been shared that this has not suddenly appeared overnight, rather it is an issue that has been growing steadily over a number of years. Reporters, unions, politicians and principals groups have all thrown in their two cents worth, with little agreement on how ‘real’ this issue actually is.
Focus has now shifted to contract negotiations.
As a principal, I am confident that any parent would like their child to have a teacher who is well trained, highly qualified, highly skilled as well as being highly motivated, compassionate and caring. Whilst we are currently fortunate to have a workforce where these attributes abound, many of these people are leaving the profession.
This is a reality already being faced by many schools across Auckland. Most schools are employing teachers from overseas, combining classes and have resorted to placing learning support teachers and/or senior leadership members back into classrooms. The knock-on effects of this are clear, more teachers without an understanding of the New Zealand curriculum, larger class sizes, limited support for students with additional needs, more children with behavioural issues remaining in class to be dealt with by classroom teachers, reduced support for teachers as school leaders become unavailable.
It would be naive to suggest that wages have little to do with the current situation however there are many other factors that go much deeper than money. Currently only 10% of those who apply to become teachers in Finland are accepted into the programme. There, teaching is seen as a desirable, prestigious and highly trusted profession where only the very best need apply and once you finally get a class to call your own, you are left to get on with the art and science of teaching in a highly collaborative and professional environment.
Surely what we all want in New Zealand is a situation where the best and brightest are motivated and inspired to get it into our classrooms. Classrooms where those with specific needs receive the support they need to be successful, where class size is such that teachers have time to really know and understand every child academically, socially and emotionally, where we have the utmost trust in those lucky enough to become teachers.
We are in tumultuous times. The teaching profession remains well trained, highly qualified, highly skilled as well as being highly motivated, compassionate and caring. We are keen and always ready to take on the challenges and with your help we will continue to enable our young New Zealanders to become the leaders we need for the future.
School Talk – Reporting – Parent Workshop on Understanding the Reports
We have scheduled a parent meeting on Tuesday 11th December at 7.00 pm to hold a workshop on the end of year reports and how these have been shaped using SchoolTalk and a parent focus group.
The reports will have a different format that still focuses on Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Please set this time aside to come to hear about the reports that will be distributed earlier than normal on Friday 14th December.
We have completed the first draft of class placements for 2019. Thank you for your contributions to help us find the best placement for your child.
The Kohimarama Way – Friendliness
“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me, and just be my friend.” Albert Camus
“The friendship that can cease has never been real.” St Jerome
School Charity Fundraiser – Thursday 22nd November
It is back by popular demand, we are holding Wacky Hair Day next week on Thursday to raise funds for the charity Youthline. Students are invited to wear mufti and do something ‘wacky’ with their hair. If students are participating we ask them to bring $2 to support our student fundraising effort for Youthline. There will be housepoints given for various categories, eg the most creative hair, the tallest hair, the widest hair, etc. We are looking forward to the great parade.
Celebrating the Arts Evening
Thank you to all the students for their years work so far, practising at home, attending weekly practices and committing to their group for the year, you are awesome. Those of us who attended Celebrating the Arts evening last Tuesday, were treated to a range of fabulous performances from our Kapa Haka, Beginner, Intermediate and Ensemble Bands, Jump Jam Crew and both Junior and Senior choirs. A tremendous thank you to the staff, parents and tutors who support these groups and ensure our students have these opportunities – you rock!!
- Y3 Kohi Kiwis won 5-2, POD Jack Mc
- Y4 Kohi Tigers won 5-0, POD Isaac
- Y5 Kohi Hurricanes won 2-1, POD Aidan Mc
- Y3 Kohi Kinas lost 1-2, POD Louis E
- Y4 Kohi Jellyfish won 5-0, POD Andrew F
- Y5/6 Kohi Stingrays lost 2-4, POD Mac