Ad Augusta Term 1 April 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians
I am delighted to be back at Takapuna Grammar School following a period of sabbatical leave. It has been both a relaxing and interesting time, involving a mixture of relaxation and intense study. I have been investigating the best pedagogical studies surrounding the delivery of teaching and learning programmes, online. This led me to connect with many parts of the world and enabled the opportunity to apply the best, to our own delivery of on line programmes from Takapuna Grammar School.
It has been great to return to find students and staff settled and productively focused on the teaching and learning programmes. I would like to thank Acting Principal, Brian Wynn, particularly, for the management of the school in my absence. He has done a great job, for which we are all very appreciative.
Our school is full, at absolute capacity with students almost exclusively from within our zone. As you are aware we only enabled enrolment for 25 out of zone places, in Year 9 only this year.
We are dealing with the main block refurbishment, proving to be important and complex work. As you are aware main block classes will be evacuated to classrooms now sited on the back field. They are both scenically located and of very good quality. I am confident students and staff will feel comfortable there, while the main bock work is being completed.
In terms of the above, and with reference to the growing maturity of the current year, I am offering morning tea sessions from to parents on the following dates early Term 2:
Wednesday 14 May The Esplanade Hotel, Devonport - 10.30 to 11.30am
Wednesday 21 May Rydges Hotel, 59 Federal Street, CBD - 10.30 to 11.30am
Friday 23 May Bruce Mason Theatre, Takapuna - 10.30 to 11.30am
Wednesday 28 May Takapuna Grammar School Library - 10.30 to 11.30am
As with past years, this has proved very successful and, subsequently, well attended. Essentially I would like to explore the merits of NCEA and International Baccalaureate, equally, and provide an hour of discussion to parents who would like to learn more about these qualifications.
Discussion will include details of each qualification, the opportunities contained within each and the merits of the options available to students and their families. While the discussion may be more pertinent to parents of Year 11 students, all other parents who are interested are more than welcome to attend. I would also like to offer time to discuss any issues parents may like to raise directly with me, including the building work at Takapuna Grammar School.
Please contact Helen Parker on 4894167 ext 9221 or email
if you would like to come to one of the sessions so that we can provide morning tea for the numbers attending. It is wonderful to be back and I look forward to seeing you all at various school events and occasions.
Please contact the school if you have any concerns of questions.
The most direct way to do this is to send an email
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