Firstly, we do hope all our families have had a safe and enjoyable summer break.
As you commence preparations for your child/ren to start the 2021/2022 academic year we welcome both our founding families back and look forward to our new families becoming part of our school community. We achieved a great deal together in our founding year and look forward to building on these positive partnerships over the coming 12 months.
Returning to school can be a time when children feel mixed emotions, both excitement and apprehension. The conversations we have as parents to support that transition can make all the difference. Creating time when your child is relaxed and open to sharing their thoughts and feelings with you can allow opportunity to listen to them deeply, discuss strategies, problem solve any potential issues they are worried about and share in their excitement.
The Primary Family Orientation on 26 August also helped settle nerves by providing some certainty. Your child/ren got an opportunity to see their classroom, meet their teacher/teaching assistant and engage with other primary school staff. They have received important information such as class expectations, learning throughout the year, routines and the class timetable. They have also meet their classmates.
Brenda has a significant track record of excellence as an educational leader with over 30 years of experience across a variety of schools. She has worked both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She has served school communities in positions of significance ranging from Head of Department, Deputy Head of School and Principal.
Brenda was awarded a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and has recently become an accredited coach through Growth Coaching International. Her undergraduate qualifications include a Diploma in the Education Of Students With Special Teaching Needs, a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Education.