Zest for Learning
"Te Ihi ki te Ako"
It has been a fantastic start to the New Year. Whilst the weather hascertainly been a little mixed our learners have begun the year in excellentfashion and we are working together to achieve our goals.
Alfriston College prides itself on reflecting carefully on success infour dimensions: Sporting, Cultural, Community and Academic. Friday 14February was Sports Day andit was a wonderful day of highlights with someoutstanding participation and effort from the learning leaders, learners,sports teams and school as a whole. As I reflected on the event I consideredthat whilst the Sporting dimension is a key measure of success in this event,Cultural and Community were also demonstrated throughout; be it with learnerssupporting one another, the wonderful whanau colours or the general we can doit atmosphere that pervaded throughout. On a lesser note I found that thesenior boys are now significantly faster at running than me! Thanks to AliciaPrince in particular for her efforts in organising what was a very successfulday.
The Year 9 Barbeque the day prior was also very successful and I wasdelighted to speak with so many parents of Year 9 whanau. It was great to hearthat so many learners feel that they already belong to the College a keyfocus for the start of the year. They will now be learning and succeeding as weshift gear into a more academic focus. Feedback is always welcome as to howyour child is feeling about the school so please do continue to maintaincontact with your Whanau Tutor as the first port of call.TheEME Awards Evening was held on Thursday 20February and at the timeof writing I am looking forward to it. The EME (Excellent or Merit Endorsement)is a wonderful evening that celebrates all learners who achieved 50 or morecredits at Excellent or Merit level through 2013. I am delighted that onceagain we will have record numbers of learners in attendance and would like tosuggest to all NCEA learners that this is a great target to aim for. Those whomanage it certainly have achieved a zest for learning.