Hi there everyone
The teachers and I have spent many hours this week dealing with the poor behaviour of some students. I have addressed all year 7 and 8 students, as our senior role models, to show Care, Respect and Integrity, our QPS Values, towards each other. This poor behaviour is demonstrated by a few students at all levels in our school. We are dealing with online bullying, physical aggression and high anxiety. I am very concerned about how other students are being exposed to violent situations in and out of the classroom. I would appreciate you all speaking with your child about informing a teacher if they see any of these behaviours as this situation cannot continue. We have zero tolerance to these poor behaviours and consequences will be put in place. If your child is feeling anxious, stressed or unsafe, they must inform an adult at the school that they trust. “It takes a village to raise a child” and at this point we need you to work with us. QPS values caring and kind students and teachers. If we all work together, I believe we can make a difference.
At the beginning of the week, I attended the New Zealand Principals’ Federation conference in Rotorua. Over 700 principals from all over the country came together to learn about the government’s development in refreshing our national curriculum. Next year the Aotearoa Histories curriculum will be taught in all schools following a “Know, Do, Understand” process. At QPS we are really excited about this opportunity as our students will learn more about how NZ came to be and where they originated from. I listened to keynote speakers who challenged my thinking around why some students are failing in our current education system. I believe we, as educators, are failing them and my focus for the remainder of the year will be time spent investigating how we can improve.
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Enjoy the weekend! (Kia pai to ra whakata)