It was lovely to meet many parents at our Meet the Teacher event followed by the Parents and Friends’ (P&F) function on the first evening of term. My thanks to James Sutherland and his P&F team for hosting this lovely evening and providing refreshments.
Our College Mission Statement is: “St Cuthbert’s College – where learning is personal”, and our values statement, The Compass.
From this mission our Junior School vision for 2016 is to provide innovation in learning respecting the past and looking to the future. You will see in the Elizabeth Caughey Foyer the wonderful work the Junior School teachers have done in the term break on building this shared vision for learning with our girls and community. I look forward to meeting parents later this term to share with you the learning focuses and structure in each year group.
Just prior to Christmas Nicky Spring resigned from the Junior School secretary position. We wish Nicky well for the future and thank her for her many years of service to the College. We are currently interviewing for this position.
In January Crissi Blair accepted a librarian position at an intermediate school nearer to her home. Crissi and her family decided that this will give her more time with less travel being so close to home. We wish Crissi all the very best for her future role. Our College librarians are working in the Smith Gray Library while we advertise for a replacement.
This year Sue Porter continues as our Junior School RE teacher, although she has resigned from her Values Co-ordinator role. Sue’s long standing work with the girls and our community has made such a positive difference to many organisations that support others. Miss Nirelle Armstrong (Year 4 teacher) is our new Values Co-ordinator and she will continue to work with our girls and our community on this wonderful project.
P&F Class Co-ordinators for 2016
My thanks to the many parents who have offered to be Class Co-ordinators this year. This team do an amazing job assisting with our communication for class essentials and Junior School events during the year. They support class teachers to disseminate essential information to our parents. If you are interested in being a Class Co-ordinator please contact Kathryn Crystal on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year 6 Leadership Day
I had the pleasure of spending the day with our Year 6 girls and staff at Cornwall Park for our annual leadership day last Tuesday. The girls worked together in their House groups and engaged in team building and problem solving activities. Along with the Year 5 Camp in 2015 and the girls’ applications for service and leadership roles, this day provides a wonderful opportunity for our girls and new girls to show their skills and to build trust in their House groups.
Puriri Drive and Carlton Rugby carpark: If you drop your daughter off along Puriri Drive please refrain from entering the Carlton Rugby carpark as this is a staff carpark. We are very concerned that some parents are driving too fast in this carpark and that girls are moving through this area. Girls can walk along the grass edge rather than through the carpark from Puriri Drive.
Market Road: Please refrain from parking on the yellow lines either side of the underground carpark entranceway and over the PAC driveway. These are not valid carparks and are an extremely dangerous place to park. We will be monitoring this as will the Auckland City Council.
Please only use designated parking spaces in the underground carpark, as double parking causes congestion and dangerous traffic conditions on Market Road. I appreciate your consideration around these safety issues.
|Junior School Diaries
All girls in Reception – Year 6 bring home their diaries each afternoon. Here are some tips for parents in how to support your daughter with this essential communication tool:
1. It is the student’s responsibility to leave their diary out for parents to sign each night. Find a place that works for you and your daughter at home.
2. Parents are encouraged to write notes for the teacher here as each teacher checks the diaries each day, e.g. doctor’s appointment, email of course is fine also.
3. Girls will write in their prep and organisation for the week e.g. swimming, PE days, library book returns and also music/arts/sports tuition. These all help in planning and easing anxiety for our girls as they become more prepared for their week.
4. Class teachers will have put a copy of the 10-day timetable in the diary and there are also key dates printed in the diary for ease of reference.
5. The diary is a great tool for mums and dads to write a simple note to their daughter during the week celebrating their learning e.g. great effort in your spelling this week; loved your discussion on the reading book. The girls love this.
If you have any questions on the diary please talk to your child’s class teacher.
I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events in the College.
Ms Julie Gifkins
Head of Junior School