Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Term 2, 2019

Catholic Celebrations

What a wonderful time for our school to be celebrating being Catholic.  Tuesday 28th May was Catholic Schools Day.  The theme was "Extending Christ's Call:  to love, to be to do".  What a beautiful theme for us!

We had the pleasure of hosting Te Kura o Hato Hohepa te Kamura our neighbouring Catholic School from Waitaruke.  The day consisted of a powhiri welcome, karakia, waiata, Mass, art, weaving, games and learning about Catholic Schools Day, finishing with shared kai.  Such a great day of celebrations.  We gifted Waitaruke with a kawakawa plant and will continue to keep in touch.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Term 1, 2019

This term we have had a real focus on Learn, Create, Share throughout the school.  Our partnership with Manaiakalani is in the second year and we are joined by 10 other schools in our cluster.

Staff have been taking part in professional development to improve their digital technology skills.  I am impressed that they are all "learners" modelling and sharing the new learning with each other.  It is also great to be able to walk alongside our students in this journey.

The focus for our teaching and learning is on:
- critical thinking
- task design
- flexible grouping

This means that we are deliberately planning to enable students to think at a deep level.  Tasks are being designed to allow for them to link and transfer their thinking to global issues and learning.  We continue with our mixed ability grouping and deliberately plan to target learning that is required.

As a school we are also working on the "soft skills"  - collaboration, creativity,
communication and critical thinking.

The senior syndicate recently shared this at our hui - check it out
Senior Syndicate Hui

We had some great fun while whanau took part in the mahi tahi sessions!

Looking forward to continued great learning in term 2!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Summary of 2018

It has been some time since I have updated my blog, however, do not fear I am continuing this journey on multiple platforms!  I apologise for not getting to this one earlier.
Feel free to check out our school Facebook page, classroom blogs and student blogs too!

2018 has seen some wonderful achievements at PCS.  Highlights have included:
- 1:1 devices available throughout the school
- implementation of integration through the curriculum where students are writing in Science and making links in their maths to art, and performing with literacy.  It is an exciting platform that our students and teachers are loving!
- our end of year extravaganza was another highlight where our students choreograph their items with facilitation from the teachers.  Check out our photos on Facebook too.
- our beautification projects with our rainbow seating and we are currently planning our potted colour seating to welcome everyone back in 2019.
- our Maori learners have accelerated across the school to gain some exceptional results!
- we continue with our programmes of art, kapa haka, resilience and leadership
- our student voice shows that our kids love art and science.  They are proud of their leadership and learning.
- a huge range of sporting achievements both in and outside of our school
- staff have gained exceptional marks within their professional development with an average of A+ being achieved!

A huge thank you to our team that keep our school striving towards our vision
"Mahi tahi i te Karaiti - to inspire and nurture leaders of learning and excellence"

Have a wonderful and safe Christmas full of blessings!

Kathryn Carey

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Term 2, 2018

Wow, it is mid way through term 2 and what a fabulous term it is!

I am loving touching base with our students and gaining student voice.  My questions relate to
- what are you learning?
- why are you learning this?
- what are your next steps?

Our students are loving their learning goals and can talk to me about the focus for them.  This week we have been focusing on "Bully free" which is a nation wide goal.  Our students have been linking our school values with the learning and it is great to hear.

Check out our cute kiwi kids in their "pink" as part of our celebrations!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Catholic Review

On Tuesday 4th April we welcome our Catholic Review team, Colleen Gleeson and Philip Mahoney from the Catholic Schools Office.
They visit us every 4 years, to see what has been going on at PCS and how we are nurturing and developing the Special Character and faith base of our school.
Our powhiri begins at 8.45am and we would love to see you there.  Come along and share the great learning and environment that makes up PCS!
Part of our busy week includes our "Mahi Tahi" evening on Wednesday 5th April at 5.15pm, where the children share their great learning with you.  Meet in the church, before we head into the school.
See you there!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Welcome back to school!  I have managed to get in to all the classrooms and love seeing the wonderful learning.
Watch this space for "Principal of the Day" as the students get to share their leadership sitting in my chair.
Big things happening in term 1:
- Family Mass
- Catholic Review
- Mahi Tahi
- Swimming
- Beach Clean-up (senior school)
- Summer Festival Gala

Its all action!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

It is great to be live with our blogger!  Watch this space for what is going on at PCS!