School Newsletters & Notices

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School Notices

Principal Comment: 2 September

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Last week saw a new milestone for us at MPS, with the sharing of our online reporting system on Hero. You now have access to graphs showing progress and achievement in the core areas, and current goals that the students are working towards.  These represent part of each student’s learning journey.  Wellbeing and attitude, how children relate to each other, share their interests and strengths, participate during classtime, and how they manage themselves as learners all contribute to their overall success at school.  We thank the whānau who made the time to attend 3 way Conferences and have these important face to face conversations with their child and teacher around these areas of schooling.

Last week you will have received a letter from the BoT sharing the news that Chris Murphy has resigned from his position as Principal.  I would like to acknowledge the tremendous contribution Chris has made towards growing our school during his eight years with us.  Chris instigated and fully supported our move towards collaborative teaching and learning at MPS.  He worked tirelessly with the Board to ensure that the Ministry of Education provided us with new learning spaces that matched our vision. During his Principalship, Chris also won the Woolf Fisher Scholarship for Principals, lead our Kahui Ako of nine local schools and helped us achieve the status of a Microsoft Showcase School.  Amongst his other skills and attributes as a leader, we are going to miss his story telling and assembly speeches, where he thrived on entertaining an audience.

Following in Mr Murphy’s footsteps as an expert orator, we congratulate May McCaw for her winning speech ‘Why we should do school speeches’ at the final of our Year 5 & 6 MPS Speech Competitions.  She was closely followed in points by Juliet Ensor and third equal went to Aidan Bungard and Struan Robertson (who coincidently presented a speech entitled ‘Why school speeches should be banned).  It was a very difficult competition to judge due to the quality of the speeches presented.  We thank our guest judges, Mr Graham Marr and Harriet and Jak from Mt Hutt College. May now represents us at the Rotary Speech Competition.

At the end of this term we farewell Mrs Shelley Grieve from our Administration Team.  In her 25 years at MPS, Shelley has seen substantial change.  She has outstayed a handful of principals and supported the school as it recently grew to double in size of students, staff and buildings.  We are incredibly indebted to Shelley for her years of ensuring the office has functioned in an efficient and organised manner.  She has applied many a band-aid and ice pack over the years,  and has demonstrated how incredibly calm and patient she can be when required.  We thank Shelley for all her hard work and loyalty towards the school and wish her all the best for her retirement.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Ngā mihi

Sue Furndorfler
Acting Principal