Students get stuck into Term Two Opportunities

By Nick Leith | Posted: Wednesday May 18, 2016

We are now well into Term 2 at Casebrook. Traditionally Term 2 at Casebrook is a 'heads down and get stuck into' all that is offered at our school of opportunity.

Extension and enrichment groups are up and running and this is apparent in the incredibly busy timetable and daily schedules the students experience.

Opportunities such as Te Reo extension, digi and coding clubs, art, landscaping, edible gardens, as well as the music, cultural, performance and dance groups that are underway are key aspects to building our emerging adolescent's skills and passions. We are really proud to be able to offer these learning experiences to our students and reflect our motto of being 'A School of Opportunity'.

Hagley winter sport on Tuesday and YMCA basketball on Friday evenings also begin this week. We talk with our students about displaying REP values whilst competing to win on the sports field or court. It’s great to have parent support at these games and we know you’ll encourage our teams to do the best they can by competing to their best and playing fair. Being a representative of a school sports team is a key part of the Intermediate school experience for many of our students and I would like to recognise the time our teachers put in outside of the classroom to coach our sports teams, before school, during lunch breaks, and after school to ensure this happens.

Year 7 swimming is almost finished for the year. Our thanks to parents for the energy involved getting tired students to school equipped with the gear they need every day. These are always a challenging two weeks, particularly at the end of the fortnight but swimming and water safety are important life skills that can’t be passed over. A big thanks to the weather for ensuring it hasn’t rained every day for our students daily walks to and from Grahame Condon pool!

Cyber-safety and the use of social media is a really hot topic for emerging adolescents. You are invited to hear from an expert on the matter - John Parsons - at Chisnallwood Intermediate School on the Thursday evening of May 26th. There is no cost to attend and there is further info in this newsletter.

Finally, please take a moment to read the PTA newsletter article about the upcoming Casebrook Quiz Night, to be held on the evening of Saturday the 2nd July. This is sure to be a great social evening for the parents of our school and wider community. I know the staff teams will be keen to prove their vast (mostly useless) general knowledge of all things music, sporting and popular culture.  I look forward to seeing you all there, enjoying the chance to mix with other parents and friends.

Thanks as always for your support of our school.

Nick Leith

Deputy Principal

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