Wednesday, August 17, 2016

From the Principal's desk...


Principal update, week 4 of Term 3, 2016

Kia ora ki te whānau o Cobham!

As always there has been a lot happening at Cobham Intermediate lately! Firstly, we are excited to announce that Eddie Norgate, the current Principal of Diamond Harbour Primary School, has accepted the position of Principal at Cobham Intermediate and will start next term.  We look forward to welcoming him to the Cobham whānau.

Enrolments are coming in thick and fast but we want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that out of zone enrolments close on Wednesday 31st August. We also encourage all in zone families to please enrol your child/ren as soon as possible.  Knowing our student roll for next year enables us to make decisions around staffing as early as possible so we would appreciate having all of our enrolments in as soon as possible, both in and out of zone.

A huge thank you to those who have kept their payments up to date, the office staff have been thrilled to see so many parents coming in to settle their accounts and enable us to pay for the opportunities we work hard to provide for our students.

For those interested, there is an Anxiety Workshop  - "The what, why and how" being held at Breens Intermediate on Monday 29th August at 7.30pm that might be of interest to many parents, please see the article linked above.

We have a unique opportunity for members of our community to support our Year 8 leavers' assembly and prizegiving through a tiered sponsorship initiative. Please read this article "Tiered Sponsorship Opportunity" for more information - we welcome and appreciate your support!

Don't forget we still have a handful of tickets available for our  Nigel Latta evening, a PTA fundraiser. It will be amazing to hear Nigel speak live, especially about the 'joys' of parenting teenagers!

Last week I was lucky enough to visit Singapore as part of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Educators Tour. I was selected as part of a group of educators from around Aotearoa to visit Singapore to learn more about their language, culture, education system and history.  I met some fantastic teachers both from those who attended from New Zealand and those I met when visiting Singaporean schools and as a result have established a strong connection to teachers and students from Bishan Park Secondary School. We aim to continue this relationship through a variety of virtual platforms e.g. skype, google hangouts, collaborative google slide presentations. 

Finally, on Wednesday September 7th our school will be closed from 12.20pm so teachers can attend the paid union meetings - read this article for more information "Upcoming Union Meeting".  We will send out a reminder to all parents again closer to the time.

Ngā mihi nui,

Whaea T

By Tamara Bell

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