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Nau mai, haere mai, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bulavanaka, kia orana, warm greetings

Welcome back to term 2.

This term has a strong focus on learning and academic achievement – this week has been heavily focused on positive habits and routines surrounding learning and achievement opportunities. For our senior students currently studying towards gaining NCEA qualifications, term 2 is the most critical term for work output. At the end of last term, our staff provided predicted grades for all of our senior students – this will be presented to our students throughout the next week. The key message for those that may have low predicted grades is to change. As parents, we ask you to facilitate conversations around these predicted grades, especially if positive changes have to occur. We are all in this together and our young men often need to be shown the way at home, and at school. At the end of next week the first bi-weekly grades will be published, alongside the predicted grades from the end of last term.

Next week we have two major events. Firstly Monday is our work day, which is a student focused initiative whereby the students work to raise money to spend on items that they feel would benefit their learning and environment. These decisions are made via the student council.

On Tuesday, we have Open Morning in which we will run our usual format of a student focused event, whereby our young men demonstrate all that makes up what is St Thomas. Please pass onto prospective parents within our community that this opportunity is happening next week. We will have extreme pressure on our maximum roll in 2019. I can’t stress more importantly to our community the importance of enrolling within the timelines.

Most winter sports start this week. I wish all of our boys the best in their pursuit of success. It is also a good time to stress the importance of competing hard but within the spirit of competition, and also when supporting each other we focus on our teams and encourage with enthusiasm and in a positive manner. All research over a long period of time always places fun as the number one reason why young people participate in sport. It is important we don’t lose sight of this important, but often overlooked, information when our young men are playing sport.