I have always enjoyed the varying moods of a school, and these recent weeks, as the whole school moves into exams, is one of those special “marker” times in our school year. It signals the impending end of the academic year, all too soon it seems, and the time when students need to “produce the goods” so to speak. It is interesting to hear the high energy levels of Middle School students as they assemble in the canteen area waiting to be guided into the gym for their exams. The courtyard is alive with excited talking, last minute swotting, and exchanges of notes and “what might be in the exam”. This is not a tense time. It is one of energy and focus.
At the end of Term 3, I mentioned how we would be trialling the banning of mobile phones and gaming devices in the Titoki Campus between 8.30 am and 3.15 pm. This trial has been a total success. I have really appreciated the way the Year 7 to Year 10 students have embraced this new approach. The cafeteria is now alive with board and card games and a lot more conversation.
We often talk about endeavouring to provide students with the best teachers we can, be that inside or outside the classroom. One aspect that great teachers often have is contextual experience at high levels. So, it is in that vein that I want to congratulate Hamish McGregor who directs our school shows. Hamish is playing Monsieur Thénardier in Les Miserables which is currently playing at the Civic. Hamish is outstanding! We are indeed fortunate to have him as part of our performing arts programme. Anastasia Puttick is also amazing, performing as Cosette in the show.
Our prizegiving ceremonies this year are in the first week of December. All students are expected to attend the appropriate prizegiving for their year level and we would like to extend an invitation to all parents to come along and celebrate with us the success of our students in 2019.
(Years 0 – 6) will be in the Titoki Street Gym from 1.30 pm on Wednesday 4 December 2019
(Years 7 – 13) will be at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell from 9.30 am on Thursday 5 December 2019