On Strowan – Volume 14 // Issue 7 // 26 September 2019
The Middle School covers Years 9–11. Head of Middle School is Mikae Tuu'u.
Term 3 has been a busy term in all aspects of life in the Middle School. With internal assessments being completed, practise examinations, Winter Tournament Week, and the Years 9–10 Production rehearsals being just a few of the many things going on, there’s no doubt that many students will be hanging out for a break. I hope that all students and families have a restful and safe break, and I am looking forward to seeing you all in Term 4.
A couple of things to note. School starts on Monday 21 October as there is no teacher-only day. Also, the Middle School office will be open on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the last week of the holidays from 8.30am–3.00pm should you have any enquiries.
I have been immensely proud of the efforts of the Middle School students throughout this term. There were some amazing achievements in many areas. The winter sports season is always busy and 2019 was no different. Participation rates were high and there were some pleasing results. I enjoyed being on the sidelines at various fixtures watching our students compete and represent the College well. A particular highlight for me was watching our Junior Boys’ and Girls’ basketball teams compete at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Junior Basketball Championships. I was hugely impressed by their work ethic and commitment to constant improvement. Our music groups continue to excel in their many pursuits. I am often humbled by the talent on display and am thoughtful of all the time, effort, and determination required to get to such a polished level.
In the classroom, many students have been challenged to grow within their learning. When I walk around the classrooms, I am inspired by the focus and effort of the students, and their desire and thrill of learning. There is no doubt that Term 3 presents its challenges, but overall I have enjoyed watching each and every student develop along their pathway to adulthood.
At this time of year, it is wonderful seeing students out and about on our beautiful grounds, interacting with each other, whether it be under the trees or throwing a ball around. It certainly is a great time of the year to get outside.
Head of Middle School