Pre­par­ing ahead for se­nior ex­ams

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By MARK ROBIN­SON Prin­ci­pal

We are now half way through Term 3 and for our se­nior stu­dents this means there are just nine weeks of school left for the year be­fore ex­ams start.

In prepa­ra­tion for this our se­niors sat bench­mark ex­ams this week and there will now be on­go­ing feed­back and sup­port to en­sure ev­ery­one is ready come Novem­ber.

We have a very ex­cit­ing three-week project cur­rently un­der­way in Year 9, called Think Global, Act Lo­cal.

Our nor­mal cur­ricu­lum has been sus­pended and, in­stead, stu­dents are look­ing at the 17 United Na­tions’ Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals where they need to choose one as­pect and think of some­thing they could do at a lo­cal level to help to­wards solv­ing the global prob­lem.

This project re­quires our stu­dents to think crit­i­cally, solve wicked prob­lems, lead, col­lab­o­rate and get cre­ative. We are ex­cited about the re­sults thus far and look for­ward to pre­sent­ing the re­sults to par­ents, fam­i­lies and each other later in the term.

We have had ap­prox­i­mately 50 per cent of our stu­dents in­volved in school sport this year, which is a fab­u­lous achieve­ment. With the win­ter sea­son now draw­ing to a close, a num­ber of our teams are busy pre­par­ing for Tour­na­ment Week, from Mon­day 3 Septem­ber, and the hotly con­tested Waiopehu Col­lege vs Horowhenua Col­lege an­nu­als are com­ing up dur­ing the week com­menc­ing Mon­day 10 Septem­ber.

These fix­tures are al­ways well sup­ported by the lo­cal com­mu­nity and we will make sure the key dates are well pub­li­cised in ad­vance through our web­site and Face­book page.

We would also like to wish our Bar­ber­shop boys well as they per­form in the Na­tional Bar­ber­shop Fi­nals in Auck­land on 20 Septem­ber, and we will be sure to re­port back on their ad­ven­ture with their HOD Mu­sic, Tim Shirriffs, through the Chron­i­cle.

Fi­nally, as we move into the busi­ness end of the year for our NCEA stu­dents, it is im­por­tant that they, along with par­ents and care­givers, know just what is re­quired in or­der to en­sure re­main­ing in­ter­nal as­sess­ments are com­pleted and that prepa­ra­tion for ex­ter­nal ex­ams is well un­der­way. Our Fu­tures In­ter­views on Thurs­day 20 Septem­ber will sup­port stu­dents in mak­ing sub­ject choices for 2019 and we will also be talk­ing with our Year 13 stu­dents later in the term about their tran­si­tion plans when they leave school. Hei Kona Mai

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