My first two terms as principal of Patoka school seem to have flown along. One of the keys to a successful school is to continually reflect on our teaching and learning, and to be able to celebrate our successes and learn from our mistakes.
I started to look back at what Patoka has been offering to our students. It made me realise that we have a rich programme of learning for our students, and that it allows all of our children to enjoy the learning together.
Some of my highlights to date are:
- The Patoka cross country – an event where every children gave their very best
- The daffodil day – The creativity from all of the children was fantastic. Special thanks to the seniors who were up for the challenge.
- The planting day – an authentic opportunity to work in the outdoors and to give something back to the environment.
- The Meeanne 7s – an opportunity for our children to display the value of unity.
- Weekly juice – I do not know of any other schools who can offer freshly made fruit and vegetable juices for the children.
- our current unit on the history of our area – I have been lucky to join in with some fantastic conversations with our students.
- Whanau Hui – An opportunity to meet and talk with the Maori community. Thank you for your input at this gathering.
- The Friday game – Each Friday we finish with a game. I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to join in with the children even if my legs don’t agree.
I am certainly looking forward to what the next few terms will bring along.