Kia ora koutou
Pai tū Good at standing
Pai hingu Good at falling
Nā wai The work is
Nā oti eventually finished
We’re almost there! The final school event is looming, the last tasks are almost off the desk and the final bell is closing in. What a year it has been and what a lot has been achieved.
Day one, term one, we knew we were in for stormy times. Already we were planning for a ‘Red Light Setting’ pandemic response. Still reeling from the residue of vaccination mandates, we now faced relentless ‘change-management’ as COVID continued to evolve through the Omicron stage.
As Omicron peaked then receded, we faced the challenge of reengaging students in their learning, assessing where they were at and planning a way forward to compensate for the lost learning time. It was a time of constant review, and reprioritizing learning goals. Individually and collectively schools grappled with the questions - ‘What is most important to teach?’ and ‘What is the right next step for each ākonga’?
Then came the next set of questions – ‘Which teachers are here today?’, ‘Which students are here today?’ and ‘What else do we need to manage today?’
This time seems so long ago. Thank you to the staff and students at QPS for turning up to school every day with smiles on your faces and energy to learn. Ka pai māhi!
Included with the newsletter today is a staff list for 2023. Next week your child will visit the class they will be going to next year. We are continuing with the two year system with the same teachers.
Have a happy weekend!