Our weekly school newsletter has been sent today. Please find a copy here.
As you know, this year the Middle Years are exploring new ways of reporting to parents. At mid year, we held parent/ student/ teacher learning conversations rather than sending out written reports. These conversations were based on the Middle Years' vision of the sort of skills, knowledge and dispositions we are trying to develop in our students. Before the interviews parents were invited to fill out a form that gave their perceptions of their child's development in relation to the Middle Years' vision. Students and teachers also filled out the same form.
The majority of the feedback we received from these learning conversations was very positive. However, many parents thought the language in the form contained too much "teacher jargon" and was difficult to make sense of. As a result we have re-drafted the form (see attached document) and would welcome your feedback on it.
Deputy Principal - Middle Years
Want to arrive in style at school next week? Well Lu from Z Whitianga has organised a colouring competition, with the prize a ride to school in Hayden Paddon's car.
We are on the look out for Relief Teachers, particularly Primary trained, but we need ALL levels of relief teachers.
We also have a long term relief position for term 3, specialising in PE and Health. This is part time of approximately 0.5 FTTE, but there would be the opportunity to pick up other relief work.
On 27 May the NCEA review was launched. Reviewing the NCEA ensures that it remains fit for purpose and continues to support young people to succeed on a diverse range of pathways.
Māu hei kōrero: NCEA - have your say.
Over the next few months the government want to hear from thousands of people across New Zealand from a range of backgrounds. Everyone with an interest in NCEA is invited to share their experiences and ideas. In English or Te Reo Māori, online or on paper, at workshops or hui, or through social media - you choose.
https://conversation.education.govt.nz/…/ncea-have-your-say/ to find out more about the Big Opportunities and how you can have your say on the future of NCEA. The consultation closes on 16 September 2018.
#NCEAHaveYourSay, #NCEAMakeYourMark, #EdConvo18
The Hearing and Vision testing for term 2 is scheduled for June 20th. Please find below information on the checks
Information Sheet on Vision and Hearing Checks in School
Vision Hearing Technicians from Community and Southern Rural Health will be visiting our school. The objective of the test is to identify previously undetected vision and hearing defects.
If any parents/caregivers do not want their child to be checked, or their child is currently under specialist care for a vision or hearing defect, they should let the school know.
Which children are routinely checked?
Children who have not completed vision and hearing checks as part of their B4 School Check
Children absent from previous visit, require retests or follow up
In special circumstances, parents, teachers or others may request a vision or hearing check
All Year 7 student’s vision only
What tests are carried out?
Audiometry (hearing test)
Tympanometry – middle ear function test (only carried out when hearing test is not within a normal range)
Long distance vision tests – not a complete visual examination, but a simple screening test
NB All of these checks are non-invasive, safe and should cause no discomfort.
The Vision Hearing Technician will:
Notify parents of all test results
Enter results on Ministry of Education database (Enrol)
The Vision Hearing Technician will obtain personal details from the school ie; names, date of birth.
If the technician needs to contact parents or caregivers following the visit, addresses and phone numbers will also be required.
Our Service may share this information with other health professionals involved in the children’s care.
Dear Mercury Bay Area School Community
You may recall much discussion in the media regarding season one of the TV show 13 Reasons Why. We have now been advised that season two will be released on Friday 18th of May, 2018.
The Ministry of Education have provided this information below, and we feel it is important to pass this onto you.
13 Reasons Why
Season two of the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why is due for release worldwide Friday 18 May.
This show was widely watched by teenagers last year. The themes of suicide, sexual assault, bullying and other issues led to many viewers feeling distressed and in need of support. It is expected that similar and equally confronting themes will be present in this upcoming season.
In the lead-up to watching the second season, you should be aware that some young people may re-watch the first season, or watch it for the first time. Feedback from young people is that it accurately represented the issues they face in their lives. Banning, or recommending a ban on viewing it can be more harmful than helpful as young people will still watch it but feel they have to hide that from adults.
The issues raised in the series are significant, and the series offers a good opportunity to talk to our young people about these difficult life events, but it is important that those conversations are safe ones. Where a young person is already in a vulnerable space, it may be wise to delay watching the series or watching with an adult which allows for ongoing shared conversation around the topic. It is also highly recommended that young people NOT ‘binge’ watch either season as this can lead to them over identifying with the characters and becoming less sensitive to the graphic nature of the themes.
We are working with other Government agencies and mental health providers to ensure specific information is available to support any discussions with young people or their parents after they view this new series. This is being developed as agencies are able to view the series, so is not yet complete. However, this will be available to you before the series is released. There will be information on the Mental Health Foundation website.
13 Reasons Why is certainly not the only challenging series young people are watching, but it is one of the most talked about. The Chief Censor has released a guide for parents: Talking with young people about what they’re watching. The guide is available on the Office of Film and Literature Classification’s website. We encourage you to share this guide with your parent and whanau community.
Netflix has provided information to Government agencies and services and created a website to assist viewers, their parents and caregivers.
If you, or parents or whanau, are concerned about a young person in crisis now, get help. The Mental Health Foundation have a list of contacts, or phone your local District Health Board’s Mental Health Crisis Team (CATT Team). Support is also available from a trained counsellor anytime by calling or texting 1737, or contacting Lifeline 24/7 on 0800 54 33 54.
At this point the school has not been given further information. As this becomes available to us we will share it with you.
John Wright - Principal
The government is currently inviting children, young people, parents, teachers, employers, iwi, families and whānau – to have a conversation about the sort of education system we want for the future.
The on-line survey (https://conversation.education.govt.nz/education/korero-matauranga/) consists of 4 questions and closes at the end of May.
The questions in the survey are:
If you were the boss of education in New Zealand, what would you do first?
What does a successful student of the future look like to you?
What will they need to know and be able to do?
What things need to be in place to make sure every learner is successful?
We will be holding community conversations about these questions and what you think they mean for our school on Wednesday 23rd May.
We are intending to host two conversations - one from 1pm to 2pm and another from 6pm to 7pm.
If you are able to come please let us know which session works for you by completing the form here
On Wednesday the 9th May (week 2, term 2) Middle Years teachers will be holding parent/ student/teacher goal setting conversations based on our Middle Years vision. We invite you to fill in your impressions of your child, in relation to the MY profile (https://mbas.ac.nz/document-resources/years/middle-years-7-10/648-parents-my-profile-march-2018/file) before you come to the meeting. Your Child and their learning coach/ home room teacher will also be filling in the profile from their perspectives. The point of the meeting is for all three parties (student, parent, teacher) to talk together about their different perspectives and to identify important learning goals for your child, for the rest of the year in relation to the Middle Years profile.
We would like to give significant time to these three way conversations and have decided that there will be no classes for Middle Years students on Wednesday 9th May so that the Learning Coaches are free during the day for these conversations. We are encouraging you to keep them at home on Wednesday 9th and to just bring them to school with you for your scheduled meeting.
We realise that for some families this may not be practical and we are organising a special learning programme for the day for those students who need to be at school. To enable us to plan this programme we need to know how many Y7-10 students will be at school that day. We also need to know how many parents will be taking up this opportunity for the three way goal setting conversations between the student, parent/caregiver, and the Learning Coach.
Please book your meeting time as soon as possible using the on-line booking system ( https://parentinterviews.co.nz/ booking code E6GDT7MA) Also, please return hard copy of the attached form to school as soon as possible.
<First Name> <Last Name> <Class>
---- My child will not be attending school on Wednesday 9th May
---- My child will be attending school on Wednesday 9th May
---- I have booked a meeting time.
---- I have not booked a meeting time because I am unavailable on Wednesday 9th.
---- I do not wish to meet.
The Coromandel rescue helicopter base in Whitianga is a very important part of our community. Due to a government restructure of air ambulances across New Zealand, the base is earmarked to be closed. The Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust (the owner of the base) is organising a public meeting at the base (at the end of Abrahamson Drive) on Saturday 5 May at 3:30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to show the community’s opposition to the closure of the base.
I would like to urge all Mercury Bay Area School staff and families (parents, caregivers, children and grandparents) and their friends to attend the meeting. For us on the Coromandel, all that will happen if we lose the base is that it will take a rescue helicopter from Hamilton or Auckland much longer to get to an emergency on the Peninsula.
Walter Russell, the chairman of the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust said, “Strength is in numbers.” As many people as possible need to attend the meeting so that a very strong message can be sent to the government that the base need to stay open.
I hope to see everyone at the meeting.