With one term and a few weeks to go, the senior students are well engaged in their internal assessment programmes as well as the preparation for the two end of year exams; at the end of Term 3 and the NZQA events of early Term 4. I have been impressing upon all students the need to be well prepared and how simple activities, such as reviewing the learning of the day for 5-10 minutes each day can have tremendous long term advantage. From a neuroscience perspective, these reviews literally strengthen the connections of the neurons of freshly learned and new materials.
We arrive back to Term 3 with a clear focus on student enrolments for 2015. The Open Afternoon, the school’s presentation to students occurs this week on Thursday the 24th of July at both 4:00pm and 5:30pm. You will be familiar with the fact that very few places were made available to out of zone enrolments at Year 9 level only in 2014. Next year, the school can only cater for in-zone enrolments, at all levels, given the pressure on the school. Even with this restraint imposed the school roll continues to rise and the current roll of 1653 students will lift by an additional 30 students, at least, taking in-zone enrolment only. I understand this may be disappointing for parents living out of the Takapuna Grammar School zone. As with previous years, there are many parents who are going to buy accommodations in-zone to enable their son or daughter to come to Takapuna Grammar School. We will be highlighting this point at our coming meeting.
The building work surrounding the Main Block continues. At the time of writing we are moving students out of N Block to make way for the Science Department Development and the administration staff is exiting the bottom floor of the western wing of the Main Building. This wing will be now empty in readiness for the refurbishment starting in December this year. The cost of the main building is now projected to be in excess of $15,000,000.00, over double the original estimations. We appreciate the Ministry of Education’s commitment to make right the integrity of the main building and their openness to addressing the other aspirations we have for the site.
The student achievements, both those associated with teams and those of individuals, have been strikingly impressive of late. It seems that wherever one looks the student achievement at Takapuna Grammar School is both prolific and exemplary. I note, at the risk of leaving some out:
Ethan Sangster: Accepted onto the NSR Programme for a US College Golf Scholarship
Jonathon Weston: Representing NZ at the European Optimist Championships in Ireland
Emma Ross: A Prefect who organised a pink ribbon breakfast to raise awareness and money for Breast Cancer research
Danielle Desvaux de Marigny and Aodhan Taylor-Innes: Prize Winners - Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA), which simulates the workings of the UN Assembly by having teams of two students represent a particular UN country in debates on matters of world political and social concern
David Sorrenson: Academically outstanding achievement in Year 2 International Baccalaureate in Economics, Physics and English Literature from recent practice exams
Sophie Turner, Sophie Hilton, Ella Sheehy, Liam Mullane, Logan Moore, Zach Johnson: Young Enterprise – Regional Winners – Orals (See article p.11)
Maya Wyatt and Andy Song: winners of Best Connection between two actors at the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday weekend.
Together the school and its community can be very impressed and proud. I certainly am.
All the best for this coming term. It is a busy time for both students and their families. Please contact the school, at any time, through your existing connections or via email
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