Welcome back to a new school year and a special welcome to all the new students and staff who have joined our school. The transition from Year Eight to Year Nine is a big step for our students and I congratulate them on their smooth progress and commitment to learning.
I would like to greet Cheryl Mitchell, Katherine Chalklen, Koren Miller, Linda Diorio, Marian Walsh, Luke Miller, Kieran Gutry and Mark Te Hurira who have joined our staff this term. Our school is one where you will make wonderful relationships with our students and have a real opportunity to ‘make a difference’.
During the break I had the privilege to attend prefects’ camp at AUT. I must congratulate all the students who attended- they were all outstanding examples of the qualities of Papakura High School Students. Additionally I would like to thank those who helped or took part in Youth Pride or Kapa Haka these holidays.
One of our four values is kaitiakitanga; respect for ourselves, each other and our environment. I have been really pleased with the way our students look in their new uniforms. They look really smart- and this has given them the confidence and self-esteem to be successes.
Our school’s Mission Statement is; ‘Personal Achievement at the Highest Level’ and as we enter 2014 this is a focus for all our school community. To help you work with your children you have access to a great deal of data on our website. This information ranges from ‘live’ attendance marks to reports, timetables and notices. If you need the password to access these please contact the office.
On Friday February 28th Allan Foster and Jan Cosslett will have their last day at Papakura High. If any community members want to come in to say goodbye it is our Sports Day and Allan and Jan will be at Massey Stadium all day.
Finally welcome to Papakura High School, we are proud of our school and wish you and your families a successful partnership with us over the year.