Week 4, Term 3, 2019

Kia Ora, Talofa Lava and warm greetings,

The Year 8 ski trips have started well and we would have to say that Mr Lane has the ‘midas touch’ with the selection of dates. I know Rooms 3&4 had their day not long after a dump of snow and the groups attending this week have had plenty of fresh snow to enjoy. If your child has yet to attend, please ensure they are well prepared with the appropriate clothing for their day at Mt Hutt. Whilst the snow has been good at Mt Hutt, it has been cold.

I know that all secondary schools have completed the ballot process for 2020. I do ask if your child has been accepted in more than one high school that you make your mind up quickly and inform the respective schools of your intentions. Confirming your child’s place at one high school assists with planning and declining offers allows other students on wait lists to be offered places.

Winter sport finished on Tuesday. I do hope that your child enjoyed the winter iteration of sports here at Cobham. We are pleased to offer competitive sports and a wide range of other options on Tuesday afternoons. This year we added a few new sports and will look to extend these again in 2020 with the aim of giving students the opportunity to try a number of different sports.

For those teams and individuals heading to the AIMs Games in September, preparation has already started. I know the teams are spending increased time together and our aim is that all students who attend enjoy their time, we trust that they will appreciate the quality of competition at what is a truly national event and we expect they will enjoy the comradery of being away with their peers. Final costings have been sorted and have been added to individual accounts. If there are any issues with payments please speak with us.

Madagascar rehearsals are well underway. Miss Chilvers and the team communicate regularly and through varying means to ensure that all students make rehearsal commitments. Please take time to read the rehearsal schedule as having a full muster for each rehearsal will ensure teachers have all the time they need to work their magic with the students. Our teachers are giving plenty of their own time and need the students in attendance to make it all work.

We have had a number of International students attending our school recently on short term programmes. Thanks to all who have helped and supported them during their time with us. The school benefits in many ways through hosting our International students, and to see that they have had such a great experience is really positive.

Just a reminder, if your child is unwell, please keep them at home. With over 700 students and 50 staff, unwanted bugs spread quickly so keeping sick students at home is important.

Enrolments for 2020 close on August 30. Please encourage those thinking of applying to Cobham to have their forms to us before August 30.

The Board of Trustees have confirmed our term dates for 2020. These are now on our website.

We would like to thank Protranz for their support of our winter sports. The trailer that they made for us for transporting mountain bikes is fantastic and will be well used. We would also like to thank them for providing us with a bus to transport children to venues.

Please remember that we are always happy to talk with you regarding your child’s time at school. Please feel welcome to contact the school at any time if you have any queries.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Ngā mihi nui,

By Christine Lambie

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