With the removal of National Standards at the beginning of the 2018 academic year, there have been many discussions in the education sector about what should replace them. At Newton Central School, we are excited about re-connecting with our NZ Curriculum , which was held in high regard globally as an innovative and holistic approach to teaching and learning, ultimately equipping students with the skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing society. Unfortunately, the introduction of National Standards narrowed our focus on reading, writing and mathematics and actually resulted in poorer achievement results compared to other countries around the world.
A returned focus on our curriculum, will allow us to achieve the original vision of the National Curriculum – ensuring our students are: confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners. Of course, we will still be committed to ensuring the foundations of reading, writing and mathematics are strongly embedded into our curriculum, but we will be broadening our focus to encompass the NZ Curriculum Key Competencies of:
- Relating to others
- Using language, symbols and texts
- Managing self
- Participating and contributing
The way we report to parents about student progress changed in 2018, allowing us to report more frequently to parents through:
- increased parent / teacher conferences,
- student led conferences (coming in 2019), encourages our students to be more actively involved in their learning, goal setting and communicating their goals to their parents,
- online access to student achievement in real time, outlining what progressions they’ve achieved at their age level, and what progressions they are currently working on. You can find more about on-line progressions reporting here.
We will no longer be providing written, hard-copy reports to families as information about your child’s progress will be provided on-line.
Kanohi-ki–te-kanohi / Parent-Teacher-Child Conferences 2019
Throughout the year we will hold individual family conference evenings (Kanohi-ki–te-kanohi / Parent-Teacher-Child). To do this we use an online electronic appointment system. The conferences are 15 minutes per slot. Booking Conference slots go to www.schoolInterview.co.nz. Prior to the event, we will share an unique code with you each time through our weekly/fortnightly teacher or community notices.
Week 1: Meet The Teacher & Community Potluck Dinner. We invite all whānau to our information evening on Thursday 7th February at 5pm. Information sessions will be held in your child’s classroom.
This will be a great opportunity to:
- Meet your child’s teacher
- Learn about the expectations and routines in your child’s class
- Meet the other parents of the students in your child’s class
- Learn about how you, as parents, can support the school in fundraising and community building activities
- Ask any questions you might have
Week 3: Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st February Kanohi-ki–te-kanohi / Parent-Teacher-Child Conferences for 15 minutes.
- Wednesday 20th February – School closes at 1.00pm. Conferences start from 1.30pm until 7.30pm
- Thursday 21st February – School finishes at 3pm. Conferences start from 3.30pm until 5pm
New entrants and Year 1 families have conferences at a different time to the rest of school – April for new entrants, and immediately after a 6 Year Net is completed (Year 1s).
Week 9: Kanohi-ki–te-kanohi Parent-Teacher- Child Conferences. Days and times to be confirmed.
Week 7: Student Lead Open Class. Days and times to be confirmed.
Week 9: Tamariki-Whānau-Kaiako / Parent-Teacher-Student End of Year Conferences.