Kia ora Parents and Whānau
As we draw closer to the end of term things are very busy here at school.
Our students are having some wonderful opportunities to take part in a variety of education outside the classroom challenges. Shortly a number of our Year 9-10 students will be off to Sir Edmund Hillary OPC for a week of exciting and challenging activities. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students as it is heavily subsidised by Genesis Energy. The cost to our students is $140 whilst other schools pay up to $600 per person.
We have also had a number of classes take advantage of our mountain activities in the last few weeks. Some, of course have been more successful than others simply because we are at the mercy of the weather when we venture into this area. The Snow Squad has had two consecutive clear Fridays up the mountain with great gains in skills levels being achieved. Most have now graduated out of Happy Valley.
We have a group of very excited senior students who are attending the Tongariro School Ball this weekend. They have been planning this for some time and are really looking forward to it. Obviously, a number of staff will also be attending. The photos will come in the next newsletter.
A reminder to our senior students that there are practice exams beginning 11th September. Students need to use this time wisely to gain experience in the exam process.
A very special thank you to our local branch of the Red Cross who kindly donated funds raised to support our Breakfast Club and Services Academy. Your support of our school and students is very much appreciated.
Parent Teacher App for Mobiles
This is a reminder to parents and caregivers to download the Parent Teacher Calendar App on to their phones, it has the absentee, calendar, notices, newsletter, info and contacts functions. The Notices function will send you texts but you have to tick the event pertaining to your child/ren.
Tongariro Services Academy: Manaakitanga Marae programme.
On Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th September 2017 The Services Academy, Trades Academy, Alternative Education, and Te Reo students, will be involved in Manaakitanga Marae programme at our school.
The programme will take place on our Wharekura over the 2 days and recognizes basic kitchen skills, food preparation, and delivery, developed in a kaupapa/wharekai context.
The course includes some words of Te Reo, karakia, and waiata; marae roles; health and safety; hygiene; basic cookery.
Skills and knowledge gained in the study of Manaakitanga Marae will prepare students for various roles assisting whanau, hapu, iwi, as well as contributing to, supporting and /or leading the operational running of the wharekai; and potentially, the strategic management of the wharekai or marae.
This course may also prepare students for roles in the following job areas that maybe providing part-time or full time employment: café worker, wait staff, kitchen hand, food and beverage factory worker, kitchen steward, junior cook, ringawera, Kaiarahi (wharekai), cook, trainee chef, caterer, restaurant manager, taurima/marae manager.
All activities are covered by 10 unit standards, and students are able to achieve up 32 credits that will go towards the students NCEA results.
For the package to be successful staff involved are required to work alongside students to ensure correct evidence is collected during the 2 days. The evidence must be recorded to ensure judgements are fair and consistent. Evidence can be recorded in the student’s assessment booklets, through observation – with notes taken, through conversation – either recorded or notes taken, photographic and/or video evidence. Final grades will be based on the evidence collected. Staff are encouraged to collect as much as is possible, evidence through photography and video footage.
Quality of Assessments are based on competency sufficiency; validity; consistency; authenticity; fairness; currency; repeatability; and competent.
And finally evidence collected must be for each individual student and not the group as a whole.