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11 March 2016

posted 10 Mar 2016, 13:57 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 10 Mar 2016, 15:17 ]
This week we have had our Year 5/6s staying out at Camp Kaitoke and the Year 4s out there for a day to get a 'taster' . These outdoor experiences and staying away from home provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about themselves, their strengths, their ability to persevere, to bounce back when things don't go as intended, to share, to collaborate, to lead............ take a risk, build resilience.... the list goes on.

What we do know, and the reason why we have such a big focus on 'the whole child' and wellbeing in general, is that children need to feel safe, included, have a sense of who they are and where they fit before they are able to take risks with their learning, make mistakes, try again. A few weeks ago, I discussed the importance of praising for effort and perseverance, the hard slog, not just the outcome or what may be seen as natural talent. 

It is not wellbeing or academic, it's an AND. Children who are strong on the key competencies and achieve success, success in the widest sense of the word, are more likely to put themselves out there as a reader, as a writer, as a mathematician. While our 2015 National Standards data is impressive (see below), we have some clear areas to 'target' - boys literacy, especially writing, and also aiming to increase the number of children working at Above. No easy feat - we are up for the challenge!

 %  Below% At% Above
 Reading Boys16.5 52.9 30.6
 Reading Girls3.5 47.7 48.8
 Writing Boys29.4 61.2 9.4
 Writing Girls8.1 76.7 15.1
 Maths Boys4.7 67.1 28.2
 Maths Girls9.3 70.919.8

Teachers will be discussing your child's progress and achievement against the National Standards with you at two formal points this year. The first during Term 2 and the second in Term 4. Meanwhile, goal setting, reflection, blogs, seesaw, assemblies, the newsletter and upcoming parent 'Mini Workshops' and a 'Celebration of Learning' later in the term (watch this space for these events) will be providing plenty of sight into what's a'happening. .......and there's plenty a'happening here!

I hope there isn't much happening for Hamish, John, Gabrielle and our camp parents, Steve, Davey, Diane and Shelley, this weekend. You deserve to just 'be'!!! Thanks so much for your perseverance and true GRIT! Looking forward to you bouncing back Monday!