All posts by David

Impromptu Performance

IMG_4729The staff and visitors were entertained at morning tea time, by a wonderful group of performers. It really made our day.  Well done to these clever students that have been practising some pretty tricky music!  We especially enjoyed singing along with the song ‘Six Months in a Leaky Boat’. Pictured are some of the recorder players -we were also entertained by students playing the ukulele.

Student Led Conferences -April 6/7

Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 10.04.07 amWe are presently preparing for Student Led Conferences (SLCs) to be held Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7.  We are looking forward to meeting with you all. Details of how to book these times are being sent home this Wednesday.  The letter of explanation is attached here and instructions on how to book your SLC are here. We’ve got pretty close to every student having a conference in years gone by but we haven’t yet hit the 100% mark.  Can we do it this time?

(Note- conferences are normally in the last week of term but the staff are engaged in extensive professional learning and development on maths in the final week of term, hence a shift to week ten.)

Playground Fun/Easter Break

IMG_1722The school values the place of play and children welcome opportunities in the grounds to be creative -upside down, tree climbing fitting into this category. They’ve even managed to keep their hats on! This was such a great lunchtime shot that we just had to post it.

A reminder to all that school is closed for the Easter break at the end of this week.  Schools are closed from Friday until Tuesday. Several adults have asked about the Easter Tuesday -this has always been a holiday observed by schools (and determined by the Ministry of Education) for as long as anyone can remember, it’s just that we haven’t had many Easter breaks part-way through the term in recent years. We hope you all have a wonderful mini-break before the days get much shorter and cooler!

Welcome back Campers!

IMG_2651No doubt everyone has been hearing very positive stories about Camp 16.  From all intents and purposes, it has been a resounding success.  I want to extend a great thanks to the staff, parent helpers and El Rancho staff (and so many others) for making it the success it was. Pictured is Jordan, about to have his first go at kayaking. Elly’s in the driving seat! Look out for more stories and photos in days ahead.

Underage Gaming

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 12.46.13 pmA couple of weeks ago I read an article that really resonated with me in my role as an education leader and parent. The author expressed his growing concern for something he referred to as  ‘violence creep’, a term he used to describe how young people are exposed and normalised to violence from games on their devices (iPads, play stations etc) and it is normalised because their peer group is doing it, the parents sanction it and the community in general allows it. Of course, his concerns are shared by many of us!

What is quite concerning is that many of these games or apps have age restrictions, making it illegal for underage children to play them. But even more concerning is the graphic, often very violent content, the bad language, sex and other adult themes that are present, and of course many of these newer games, involve the player as part of it all.
The author found it odd that parents in general regulate what children are able to watch on TV and yet they feel that the violence presented in games is somehow different. These games and apps have restrictions for very good reasons!
What do you think?  What are your thoughts on this?  If children are playing games in the playground that mimic these, should we be shutting them down?
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