Year 7 to 13 Catholic Boys School, Auckland New Zealand

Newsletter 119

Posted by CS Rooney on 18 April 2013

Scripture Quote: ‘We ought not just to have the name of Christians, but to be so in reality’ St Ignatius of Antioch
Dear Parents and Caregivers
As we come to the end of a very busy and long – 12 week – term, I want to take this opportunity to bring you up-to-date with some of the initiatives which have been introduced and to inform you of some up-coming events.
Teaching and Learning:
When we re-structured the way we plan the teaching of Year 7 & 8 students, we established an additional level of leadership within the College. In the core subjects of English, Mathematics, R.E., Social Studies and Science we now have an Assistant to the Head of Department of each of these subjects to assist in improving teaching and learning at Years 7 – 9. While the HoD is responsible for the overall performance of staff and students within the Department, the Assistant has a significant role to play in helping to improve teaching and learning in Years 7 – 9. This year the key objective is to review the curriculum at Years 7 & 8 to ensure it meets the learning needs of the students. At the same time we will ensure that the appropriate assessment enables students to receive effective feedback to improve their learning. Once we have completed this, we will carry out the same exercise for Years 9 & 10.
At the beginning of the term I published the latest NCEA achievement data for Liston College and I am sure you will share my pleasure in the overall results. The Board and Staff are now working to improve the results further. We are committed to improve the overall pass rate in NCEA – and this becomes more difficult as you move past 90%. However, we accept this challenge as well as the drive to improve the rates of endorsement for both Merit and Excellence at all three levels.
Maori Achievement:
One of the recommendations from last year’s ERO report was to find ways to ensure that Maori students experience success as Maori. Currently our Maori students achieve success at the level of all students and this is especially pleasing. The Board and the Staff are committed to implementing the principles of Ka Hikitia which is a Ministry of Education initiative aimed at helping schools to engage more effectively with Maori students and their families. The staff have already begun the process of understanding the principles and applying them in their every-day teaching. We have a series of Professional Development activities planned for next term including a whole staff visit to a Marae. While the purpose of the programme is aimed specifically at Maori achievement, the principles of it apply to all students and will help to raise overall student achievement.
Special Character Review:
Next term we will have our Special Character Review which will be conducted by Sr. Sian Owen on behalf of the Auckland Catholic Diocese. The review will take place from 18th – 20th June. This is an opportunity for us to highlight the many aspects of the College which demonstrate the development of the Catholic Character of Liston College. This review will also enable us to reflect on how we can enhance the Special Character.
40th Jubilee Celebrations:
Next year will be the 40th Jubilee of the College celebrating the founding of Liston College in 1974 on the site at Holy Cross Primary School.The first year of the College on its current site was the following year – 1975. Planning is underway to hold the Jubilee celebrations on Labour Weekend - October 24th – 27th 2014. I will keep you informed of the plans and in the meantime make a note of these dates.
Development Plan:
The Board is currently working with the Diocesan Property Administration on the next project from the Development Plan. For more detail please refer to the letter on behalf of the Board that is included with this newsletter. If you have any questions please contact my P.A., Deirdre Auger, who will bring them to my attention. I will keep you informed of progress on the projects.
Communication:
Please check the College website for information on up-coming events and for copies of newsletters. We have worked to improve the quality of our communication through the website. If you have any suggestions for further improvements, once again please contact my P.A.,Deirdre Auger who will ensure that they are passed onto the appropriate person.
I wish you well for the term-break and safe travels if you are making a journey during the break.

Scripture Quote:
‘We ought not just to have the name of Christians, but to be so in reality’ St Ignatius of Antioch

Issue 119 19 April 2013

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents and Caregivers

As we come to the end of a very busy and long – 12 week – term, I want to take this opportunity to bring you up-to-date with some of the initiatives which have been introduced and to inform you of some up-coming events.

Teaching and Learning:

When we re-structured the way we plan the teaching of Year 7 & 8 students, we established an additional level of leadership within the College. In the core subjects of English, Mathematics, R.E., Social Studies and Science we now have an Assistant to the Head of Department of each of these subjects to assist in improving teaching and learning at Years 7 – 9. While the HoD is responsible for the overall performance of staff and students within the Department, the Assistant has a significant role to play in helping to improve teaching and learning in Years 7 – 9. This year the key objective is to review the curriculum at Years 7 & 8 to ensure it meets the learning needs of the students. At the same time we will ensure that the appropriate assessment enables students to receive effective feedback to improve their learning. Once we have completed this, we will carry out the same exercise for Years 9 & 10.

At the beginning of the term I published the latest NCEA achievement data for Liston College and I am sure you will share my pleasure in the overall results. The Board and Staff are now working to improve the results further. We are committed to improve the overall pass rate in NCEA – and this becomes more difficult as you move past 90%. However, we accept this challenge as well as the drive to improve the rates of endorsement for both Merit and Excellence at all three levels.

Maori Achievement:

One of the recommendations from last year’s ERO report was to find ways to ensure that Maori students experience success as Maori. Currently our Maori students achieve success at the level of all students and this is especially pleasing. The Board and the Staff are committed to implementing the principles of Ka Hikitia which is a Ministry of Education initiative aimed at helping schools to engage more effectively with Maori students and their families. The staff have already begun the process of understanding the principles and applying them in their every-day teaching. We have a series of Professional Development activities planned for next term including a whole staff visit to a Marae. While the purpose of the programme is aimed specifically at Maori achievement, the principles of it apply to all students and will help to raise overall student achievement.

Special Character Review:

Next term we will have our Special Character Review which will be conducted by Sr. Sian Owen on behalf of the Auckland Catholic Diocese. The review will take place from 18th – 20th June. This is an opportunity for us to highlight the many aspects of the College which demonstrate the development of the Catholic Character of Liston College. This review will also enable us to reflect on how we can enhance the Special Character.

40th Jubilee Celebrations:

Next year will be the 40th Jubilee of the College celebrating the founding of Liston College in 1974 on the site at Holy Cross Primary School.The first year of the College on its current site was the following year – 1975. Planning is underway to hold the Jubilee celebrations on Labour Weekend - October 24th – 27th 2014. I will keep you informed of the plans and in the meantime make a note of these dates.

Development Plan:

The Board is currently working with the Diocesan Property Administration on the next project from the Development Plan. For more detail please refer to the letter on behalf of the Board that is included with this newsletter. If you have any questions please contact my P.A., Deirdre Auger, who will bring them to my attention. I will keep you informed of progress on the projects.

Communication:

Please check the College website for information on up-coming events and for copies of newsletters. We have worked to improve the quality of our communication through the website. If you have any suggestions for further improvements, once again please contact my P.A.,Deirdre Auger who will ensure that they are passed onto the appropriate person.

I wish you well for the term-break and safe travels if you are making a journey during the break.

C S Rooney 

Principal


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