Week 6, Term 4, 2019

Kia Ora, Talofa Lava and warm greetings,

In recent weeks almost all classes have experienced some form of outdoor education. Year 7s have all completed a sailing day at Lake Rua, which is just off Johns Road. The combination of fresh air, learning through a unique physical activity, responsibility and being a member of a small team, brings a sense of pride in achievement. The team concept was a big part of the learning for all of our students during their sailing day. The next challenge is to apply this learning back at school amongst, and with peers!

Almost all Year 8 classes have completed their camps to varying parts of the South Island. As I’m sure you can appreciate, there is a significant amount of paperwork required before classes can attend outdoor excursions, therefore, I would like to thank our staff and BoT for their work in making outdoor learning experiences possible for our Cobham students.

Moreover, we really do appreciate the parental support to make these learning opportunities a possibility for our students. We know that some parents take annual leave to attend school camps, and for that, we are truly grateful. Without parental support, we cannot meet the necessary ratios to host camps or participate in adventure-based learning days, like sailing. Thanks to those families who were able to support.

On the subject of camps, there has been some recent media speculation about camps and school fees/donations. Just to be clear, we do not make any money from school activities like camps.   Camps are expensive as all of the providers are businesses and they charge accordingly. Our stance is we value the camping experiences, unlike other schools, we want to maintain camps at both Year 7 & 8 levels and we appreciate your financial support to enable these events to continue.

Digital technology like i-pads, computers and phones continue to challenge social norms and this is particularly relevant in school settings. We know that we can’t control everything and that gaming and social media have a marked influence on our students. We have been doing our best to remind students about appropriate digital device usage during school hours, firstly through education and secondly with controls. From time to time students do cross boundaries and the consequences can be quite scary for some individuals particularly with peer responses or through online interactions. Please remind your child that talking face to face with friends is still fine, climbing trees is perfectly normal as is reading a book!

Well done to those who represented Cobham at the Canterbury Intermediate Athletics Championships on Tuesday. For some, another competition and for others, the first time to such an event. I’m sure that all competitors found out something about themselves in a competitive environment.

The PTA Second-Hand Uniform Shop would appreciate any donations of Cobham uniform, or uniform to sell on your behalf. These can be dropped off to the school office.

I have enclosed a link with details of a Nor-West Brass event being held early next year that you maybe interested in attending.

Just some dates for the diary – Year 8 Prizegiving is being held on Monday 16 December at Christchurch Boys’ High School Hall at 7 pm. This is the last day of school for Year 8 students. The Year 7 prizegiving will be held in the Cobham Hall at 11 am on Tuesday 17 December. School closes for Year 7 students at 12.20 pm this day.

The Year 8 Formal will be held on the evening of Thursday 12 December. Big Day Out for Year 7 students is on Thursday 12 December and for Year 8 students is Friday 13 December.

Thank you to those parents who have settled accounts to date. We appreciate accounts being settled before the end of year events like the formal and Big Day Outs. If you have any questions regarding school accounts please contact Jo McGregor at jo.mcgregor@cobham.school.nz

Ngā mihi nui,

By Christine Lambie

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