It was a great pleasure to see students and staff acknowledging this important week in our calendar. We have been fortunate to have hosted a satellite class of the KDEC (Kelston Deaf Education Centre). The class demonstrates our commitment to inclusion and celebrating diversity. Students from the class demonstrated sign language at lunch times and many of our students enjoyed this and other demonstrations during the week. Teachers were also challenged in daily competitions during our staff briefing.
Our students have benefitted greatly from having the satellite class at MHJC. They have learnt an appreciation for students who have risen above their hearing disability to succeed and enjoy their learning. The KDEC students have also inspired various projects and initiatives including the IPENZ award winning project winners who designed an emergency alarm signal for deaf students who could not hear the sound at the school.
The acceptance of the class has helped deaf students to feel part of our community and for normal hearing students to gain an appreciation and consideration for others.
This affirms our vision of growing GREATNESS
G for Good citizens.
As part of our plan to provide a seamless transition to senior college, we offer NCEA achievement standards to students in year 10. Teachers will be preparing students again this year in most year 10 subjects. Our goal is to give students an opportunity to understand and become confident in the NCEA system and it gives students a chance to succeed in a senior assessment framework.
Almost seventy people heard Ms Lambert provide valuable information about NCEA (which is also on our web site) last week and also heard Diana Patience, the new Principal of Ormiston Senior College highlight recent NCEA achievement data and the programmes offered at the school which help their students achieve so well. Almost two in every three students gained an excellence or merit endorsement in level 1 last year which is an outstanding achievement.
We work closely with OSC to ensure our programmes prepare our students for success there and I am pleased to report that providing NCEA opportunities at MHJC does help our students start on the “front foot”.
NCEA is an excellent qualification, acknowledged throughout the world and recognised by universities overseas. It also requires on-going commitment by students to their academic programme rather than an “all or nothing” examination at the end of the year which some schools offer. We find therefore it suits students who prefer to be assessed in a variety of ways (and students have a chance to re-submit if they feel they could do better) at a time when they are ready and with rigorous controls relating to setting, marking and moderating assessments.
I wish all our year 10 students everything of the best as they start their internal assessments. I am sure that they will, like every other occasion, rise to this academic challenge.
I had the honour of accepting the trophy on behalf of our students at the recent launch of the World Series Competition 2016 in Sydney.
It is still amazing to consider the achievement of our great students who worked so hard to win the coveted trophy.
And while I was there, news came through that we had won the Social Studies “leg” of this year’s competition. What a great start and again a compliment to our students who worked during the holidays to achieve this success.
Well done to everyone involved – students, parents and supporters and Ms Hunter for her motivation and organisation.
Notice for those who will be attending or who are thinking of attending the ANZAC Day Parade at Stockade Hill, Howick on April 25.
The Student Executive Council will be marching with other schools from the area. The parade starts at 10.30 – and it would be great to see families and friends there.
This is part of our vision of “growing greatness” – for our students to make a contribution to our local community and support a national day of remembrance.