6th March 2020
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As we pass the half-way mark of the term, the pace of our ongoing activities increases! Since our last newsletter, two sets of campers have departed and returned from their trips, the Ministry of Education PB4L (Positive Behaviour 4 Learning) representatives have visited, the Board have approved our 2020 Goals and Budget, The Brainwave Trust have visited to provide adult learning opportunities, Miss Pennell has started her ALiM (Accelerated learning in Mathematics) and ALL (Accelerated Literacy learning) training and intervention work and students have engaged with their learning across the curriculum (and beyond). 

During our PB4L visit, students and staff were interviewed in relation to our progress in developing our TCAS Way and implementing our Graduate Profile and rewards system. In 2019, our first assessment showed a 78% engagement rate. This year, we hit the 100% mark. This means we have been invited to commence 'Tier 2' of the programme in 2021 - making us one of the fastest adopting schools. TCAS has been asked to become an exemplar school - this means that other schools in the implementation stage will visit us to observe our programme. Thank you to all of the staff and students who have made this programme such a success.

The Board of Trustees met on the 25th of February, at the meeting they approved our 2020 Goals in the Charter - this document is available on our school website. It was agreed at the meeting that the Board would donate the interest from a $10,000 investment ($350) to our Year 10 Camp costs. The investment capital is a donation to the school from the committee who organised our last anniversary celebration. Thank you to the centennial committee, the interest from the donation assists the school in reducing the cost of a Camp every year.

Congratulations to ex-student Logan Bird - Logan is one of the recipients of the RSA Trust Scholarship for 2020. He will receive a $1000 scholarship towards his University Studies. Logan has already commenced his studies at Otago University. Last year, he was also named as our Class Act and received a $6000 'Leaders of Tomorrow' Scholarship to support his studies.

He waka eke noa,

Kate Staniford, Principal



Assembly @ 9am (Room 2)

When: Tuesday, 10th March

House to House Mufti Day for Ronald McDonald House - organised by Y8/9

When: Friday, 13th March

PB4L Student Team Meeting

When: Friday, 13th March 2:00pm

Gateway Week

When: Monday, 16th to Friday, 20th March

Clutha Triathlon Year 5-8

When: Tuesday, 17th March

Prime Lamb Competition

When: Wednesday, 18th March

Clutha Triathlon pp

When: Thursday, 19th March

For your information:

House To House Poster A3

To sponsor the Year 8/9 students in their quest to walk, run, swim and bike 210km during the month of March, please go to:

House to House - Year 8/9 Challenge

Trail Ride Flyer 2020

To view and download the Trail Ride entry form, please click the link here: The Catlins Wisp Hill Trail - Ride Entry Form 2020. You can also enter online through the following Google link: Online Entry Form

Prime Lamb 2020

Balclutha Football

Read Aloud

Read Aloud2

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