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Great start to 2015

Jennie Barrett

Ms Jennie Barrett, Acting Deputy Principal, Director of Students

2015 has begun successfully with the contribution of many – staff, student leaders, big sisters, and experienced parents, welcoming those new to the Woodford community.

New beginnings are always challenging but with the support of everyone, we hope the transition for new school family members has gone smoothly.

Ehara taku toa he toa takitahi – engari taku toa he toa takitini – My strength is not that of one, my strength is that of many – is the proverb/whakataukī guiding the whanau hui at the start of Terms 1 and 3; this is also a strong guide for our overarching pastoral approach at Woodford. We work as a team, contributing collectively to the wellbeing of all.

The senior students began the year with an exciting ‘SOUL’ week – Student Opportunities to Understand Leadership – with year levels developing essential skills to support learning both in the classroom and beyond through activities ranging from outdoor education, networking, careers education, an introductory day at Massey University and EIT, and service for Red Cross. Students were introduced to all of the learning programmes they had enrolled in for the year so they were ready and enthusiastic for curricular based learning at the start of Week 2.

Sunday, 1 February brought the same excitement as it does every year with nervous but enthusiastic girls arriving for their first day. Meeting their Big Sisters or year level buddies for the first time; the Year 7 and 8s meeting their Mabel dolls in the newly refurbished Morea; the new families photograph and first Chapel service all contributed to what we are hoping will be life long memories of being a ‘Woodford Girl’.

  • Understanding Woodford, as with any new school, can always be challenging. There are five key places to find information:
  • Woodford Handbook – for all general information to do with the dayto-day life of the school
  • Term Calendar card – perfect for the fridge; has the key dates for the term
  • Inhouse – Month in View– this has more detail than the Term Calendar card and is up-to-date at the time of publishing
  • Woodbook – this is vital for the most up-to-date information specifically for your daughter’s group activities and day-to-day alerts. Please ensure you are logged on to Woodbook.
  • Your personal email – if your daughter is going on a school trip or special activity outside regular class time, you will be notified by email. This is part of our EOTC process.

Homeroom groups and their vertical arrangement are new to Woodford and part of our pastoral review in 2014. I hope your daughter has talked with you about these groups and you have heard from your homeroom mentor to welcome you too, to the homeroom parent group. Your homeroom mentor is the key person for your questions or communication with the day school. If it is a serious pastoral concern you may consider communication with the Year Dean but generally your homeroom mentor will be the best person for you to talk with. I hope you have the opportunity to meet with your daughter’s mentor over the Swimming Sports weekend.

Please contact your daughter’s pastoral team if you have any questions: homeroom mentor, Dean, SLT member. We look forward to working with you this year.