Welcome to 2018 at Te Uku School
We are starting the school year with 109 children, and expect the roll to grow to about 130. This year we have three full-time teachers teaching in both the Junior (Years 1 to 4) and Senior (Years 5 to 8) Discovery groups.
The Board is currently in the process on appointing a new principal, to start Term 2 following my resignation. I have experienced 11 and a half really rewarding years as principal of Te Uku School. Although resigning from my role has been a big decision for me, I am excited about 'handing over' a school that is cutting edge in its practices, and is well supported by a collegial staff and supportive community, including Board of Trustees. And the kids are great!!
The key focus areas for our school during 2018 are developing our school currciulum, continuing with our research project on Growth Mindset and collaborating with our whanau to strengthen our school practices in support of te reo Maaori and tikanga. We will let you know more about these plans when the school year gets underway.
In our school, we strive to work with children to help them develop as learners and to develop the skills of self-regulation. Children are capable of a lot more than what we often give them credit for. If children are empowered as learners, we are less likely to develop learning relationships in which they remain dependent on teachers and other adults working with them. Our school values of RESPONSIBILITY, RESILIENCE and RELATIONSHIPS underpin all of our learning programmes.
You are always welcome to make contact with me if you would like to find out more about our school, or to discuss any matters of concern. We value a strong home/school partnership!