Takapuna Grammar School
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Ad Augusta Term 2 May 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians

Welcome back to Term 2. We are very pleased to see our students back in the school.
 
In our last newsletter, issued at the end of last term, we spoke of the newly introduced Manaaki Mentoring Project as described in the Principal’s section of the newsletter complemented by a section on the website available at the following link, http://www.takapuna.school.nz/news/from-the-principals-desk/. We have been delighted with the response from the community and the support expressed for the innovation. It is well intended, offering further, pragmatic support for every student in the school. We are very happy to receive further feedback and can respond to questions directed to the principal@takapuna.school.nz email address. We invite you to consider this invitation.
 
I would also like to invite you, the parents and caregivers of our students, to this year’s Principal Morning Tea Discussion Sessions. We are preparing presentations on the assessment packages of NCEA, Scholarship and the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. We would also like to offer the Manaaki Mentoring Project as a topic for those who would like to gain further insights in to this mentoring innovation. The sessions are planned for the following dates, time and venues:
Monday 18 May at 10.30am Esplanade Hotel, Victoria Road, Devonport
Tuesday 19 May at 10.30am Rydges Hotel, 59 Federal Street, Auckland City
Wednesday 20 May at 10.30am Takapuna Grammar School Library
Thursday 21 May at 10.30am Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
We are providing food and refreshments for each session so would appreciate those attending informing my Personal Assistant, Lyn Stevens via email . Please respond to this invitation by Thursday 14 May as this will assist us with the catering arrangements. Last year, the opportunity was well received and we hosted vibrant discussions with attendance ranging from 20 to 80 parents and caregivers at each presentation.
 
I am also pleased to inform you that the senior curriculum leaders of the school, the Head of Departments, have compiled a “Takapuna Grammar School Good Writing Guide”. This development has been led by our Head of English, Cate Knowles. The resource is available on our website and offers students generic advice on sound writing practice as well as specific advice for specific subjects. While the material is very relevant to Year11 students the advice is as valuable to students of other senior level subjects. I encourage you and your students to download the material at the link above and use it as a starting point for discussions. Our students will find it very useful as it provides the secrets for success in internal and external assessments. The staff will be discussing this resource as well, in the various subjects.
 
We continue to revel in this year’s production of Oliver!. We have been in receipt of many accolades and continue to receive these at the time of writing. We recognize and appreciate the commitment and talent of our staff, students and community thanking them for the delight and experience granted to awestruck audiences.
 
I wish you all well for the term ahead and, again, encourage you to contact me at principal@takapuna.school.nz if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Regards
 
Simon Lamb
Principal
 
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