We have made some further developments to our school reporting for this year. The “work ethic” component of the report will contain grading against a rubric of critical workplace competencies that draw from those contained in the New Zealand Curriculum. The language of “excellent>good>developing>below expectations” and the criteria used in past years have both been changed. I recommend that you read the report in depth and support your daughter with the work ethic that will step her up to the next level of competence. The first report this year will be due later this month, along with a scheduled opportunity for you to meet with teachers.
Our academic year is now well settled and students are focusing on striving to achieve the best possible outcomes. Your daughter will be experiencing changes and challenges that are important for her to adapt to and find new ways of working that are successful for her. In particular, young people are quick to rank their liking for a subject and can be very quick to drop their interest and/or performance in some important subjects which, if they were to persist with them, would make their learning life at University all the more easy. Subject selection gains attention near the end of the school year when planning for the next one. Amongst the critical factors relating to this is the importance of choosing subjects through every year that ensure a strong pathway to University Entrance Qualification in Year 13.
This is the time of year when all the activities offered through school are advertised and selection meetings held. Participation beyond the classroom ensures young people are faced with diverse challenges and responsibility. We are fast coming to the end of the invitation or selection season. By mid-March, those invitations change and become announcements of meeting times for the activity. At this stage it becomes much more difficult to join something new, until next season. Signing up to an activity requires a commitment to be made and one that endures over the season. Persistence and resilience that comes from not opting-out is an essential quality.
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