Last Thursday was a Day 0 for the Middle School. We had a leadership day organised by Ms Katie Vujcich; our girls came in House mufti and the place was amazingly colourful. The girls created new House chants, did face paintings based on a theme, developed a running man dance for a dance off, made posters, had a lip sync competition and more. It was an amazing day and it is because of such incredibly well-run and engaging events such as this that our girls have such great House spirit.
Our hockey girls won Central Zone and we are sure they will do well in September as they aim to place in the NZAIMS games again this year.
Student-Led Conferences have been successful with our girls articulating their learning goals and taking ownership of their own learning journey. There is real value in having the shared, three-way conversation and we cannot ever underestimate the powerful learning the girls get when they see their teachers and parents working together to support them in this journey. Having said that, please remember that our doors are always open and if you ever want to see any of us regarding your daughter’s learning or any other aspect of her school life, you can pop us an email or give us a quick call and we will happily meet with you. We believe in addressing issues when they first arise so that we are being proactive in keeping our girls happy, secure, and engaged.
As you head into the July break, we advise that you get some real downtime. We encourage our students to get a good number of books out of the library for the break so that they can curl up on the rainy days and really get stuck into some relaxing reading. You may like to limit screen-time, or perhaps even try a few days off the grid. It is a healthy experience for our girls and though many do struggle with the idea initially, the feedback in the end is always overwhelmingly positive. So there is some food for thought.
This term we had the most amazing Year 7 camp, and recently our Year 7 Asian parents had a fantastic get together to thank all of the mums and dads who joined the camp as parent helpers. We say thank you too. It is so good for our English language learners to have mums and dads to help them out when they are in this challenging environment away from their own families. A special thanks to Cindy Merz for being such a team player and for really knowing what service to her community means.
The Middle School team wish you, and your family, a safe and happy July break and we look for to some serious learning and some serious fun in Term 3. Thank you for all of your support.
Ms Margaret Talbot
Head of Middle School