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It has been yet another busy start to the year with students adjusting and settling into new routines and expectations. It is my pleasure to act as principal with Mr McAleese having retired at the end of January. We will strive to continue with the innovative teaching and learning strategies that he introduced at the school, around adolescent education. We wish him the very best in his retirement.
There is plenty of research that suggests that students learn better and are more engaged when they see the relevance of what they are learning; they are challenged to discover new things and they have opportunities to apply in the real world what they have learnt. In other words, there is a purpose in what they are learning. That is how we approach teaching and learning at the school and our students respond to this type of environment.
I would like to welcome on board our new Board Chairperson, Mrs Kelly Slattery and already, Mrs Slattery’s optimistic vision for the school is proving to be encouraging and motivational. We look forward to having her work alongside us. Parents, thank you again for making Howick Intermediate the school of choice for your child. Sometimes people who know little about our school speak about us in somewhat negative terms. Evidence suggests otherwise. The encouraging thing is that as people become more informed, their view becomes more
positive. We are often humbled by the very positive comments made about the manners and behaviour of our students by those who engage with them. There are a few areas on which I would like you to have greater involvement in:
School uniform: The majority of our parents and students understand and adhere to the school uniform code as outlined in our enrolment pack, but we still needed to raise this issue with some students. The best way to avoid this is to ensure that your child is dressed in accordance with our uniform code. Communication: Regular and prompt communication between you and the school, especially your child’s teacher, is crucial. Signing notices immediately, notifying us of changes in address and phone numbers, calling in when your child is unwell, attending parent-
Parental supervision: The school has to meet certain adult:student supervision ratio’s when students are taken out of the school. If these cannot be met, students cannot leave the premises. Please make yourself available for school/class trips as these trips (if not related to sports) most often, complement the inquiry process.
We look forward to an exciting and productive year!
One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: going to school every day. In fact, research has shown that your child's attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing his/her academic success. Other benefits include:
Being part of the school community: Just by being present at school, your child is learning how to be a good citizen by participating in the school community, learning valuable social skills, and developing a broader world view.
Achievement: students who attend school regularly are more likely to pass formal and informal assessments.
Exposure to the English language: Regular school attendance can also help students who are learning English by giving them the chance to master the skills and information they need more quickly and accurately even in other subjects!
As a parent or guardian, it is possible to plan ahead in order to limit your child's absences, make school attendance a priority, and help your child from falling behind if it is necessary to miss a day of school. You can do this in the following ways:
Help your child get to school on time every day. Teach your child how to set and use an alarm clock.
Follow the school's guidelines and attendance policy, and report excused absences
immediately. Help us by phoning the school on 534-
Check homework. Check each night to see that your child understands and completes the day's home-
Take an active role. Stay involved with your child's daily experiences at school by asking how the school day went, and then listening carefully to what your child shares with you both the successes and struggles.
Locate potential sources of anxiety. If your child frequently appears upset or reluctant to go to school and cannot tell you why, schedule an appointment with his or her teacher or school counsellor to talk about possible sources of the anxiety.
Keep updated on school events and announcements. Read the school documents that your child brings home and take note of important announcements and dates, such as open school night and parent-
Plan ahead. Encourage your child to prepare for the next school day by laying out clothes the night before and helping to fix lunches.
Promote good health. Make sure that your child eats a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, and has opportunities to exercise every day through a sports team or playtime outside. Provide a medical certificate when your child is away sick.
Create a restful environment. Finally, make sure that your child can relax before bedtime by doing something quiet like reading rather than do something stimulating. Ensure that your child gets enough quality sleep ideal amounts range from 8 to 12 hours. Getting enough sleep will help them get up on time, be refreshed in the morning, and feel ready for a full day of learning ahead!
By making your child's school attendance a priority, you will be taking an important step in
supporting your child's school success, and setting a good example. Remember every day counts!
BUYING BUS TICKETS
Please talk to your children about being organised with regard to buying their bus tickets. Tickets will only be sold in the morning and at morning tea. There will no longer be ticket sales during lunch. If students forget to buy their ticket, and have no clicks left, they will be required to phone home and get someone to pick them up.
OUR SCHOOL LIBRARY
The library is open to students and staff from 8 am until 3.45 pm every day. Students are welcome to come in before and after school and at lunchtime to spend a few quiet moments, complete homework, read, play cards or chess, or hang out with friends. Students must have their ID card and gold card to issue books, and can take out two fiction and two non fiction books for two weeks. Students are able to reserve books and also renew books required for a little longer.