Message from the Primary Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

With the changing Alert Levels this term we had numerous plans in place to ensure as many events as possible could still go ahead for our students. One of the highlights of the term was our wonderful Junior Production of Disney’s ‘Winnie the Pooh.’ It was heart warming to see every Year 0-3 student involved and having fun on the stage. Our young students did an exceptional job remembering all of their lines, songs, and choreography. I am very proud of them all. I would like to congratulate Jo Molyneux (Producer and Director), Sarah McDowall (Assistant Producer), the Junior Teachers, Teacher Aides, and the film, makeup, and sound crew for putting together such a wonderful production.

Over the term we have also enjoyed our annual Strathallan’s Got Talent, our School Cross Country, Year 5 and 6 Speech Competition, Interschool Speeches, a Book Fair and online Dress Up Day, Health lessons in the Life Education Caravan, Interschool Basketball, sports coaching with Counties Manukau Coaches, Wig Wednesday and a Pink Mufti Day.

Year 3-6 students have been busy over the past few weeks completing a range of Progressive Achievement Tests. The results from these tests are compared to their Term 1 results to highlight individual student progress and identify next learning steps. All Primary students will be bringing their individual Portfolios home today. These include samples of work or term testing, along with photographs from school or class events. They are a celebration of your child’s hard work this term. Enjoy sharing these with family and friends over the holidays. Please return them to school next term.

Sadly we farewell Ms Amy Drinkrow at the end of this term as she moves to the Hawkes Bay. Ms Drinkrow is an incredible classroom Teacher who has been at Strathallan for 5 years. We are very grateful to have had such a dedicated and talented Teacher and Dean in the Primary. She has developed a wide range of leadership opportunities for our Year 6 students, planned camps and trips, and organised numerous sporting events as our Primary Sports Coordinator. We wish her all the very best for the future. Next term we will be welcoming Mr Ben Worsop to our staff in the roles of Year 6 Teacher and Sports Co-ordinator. Ms Penny Cheketri will be fulfilling the role of Year 4-6 Dean.

This term has provided us with new learning opportunities and some new challenges. I am grateful to our wonderful Primary staff, who have continued to provide quality learning programmes for our students. I am very proud of all of our students who have worked so diligently over the term, both at school and online.

I wish you all a wonderful, relaxing holiday with your families and look forward to seeing you all again next term.

Kind regards,
Kristie Thomas