Parent/Teacher Interviews
Thank you to all of the parents who joined us for Parent/Teacher Interviews last night. I trust the conversations with teachers about the learning and progress of each child gave an opportunity for parents and teachers to discuss any concerns as well as to develop plans to improve the learning of children. If you have any remaining questions please don’t hesitate to speak with the relevant teacher.

It is worth noting that students in Years 7 and 8 will complete exams in Week 3 of Term 4 and so deliberate actions directed by parents – checking work and revision, discussing subjects and identifying areas of concern, working on plans to improve weak areas and checking on the emotional wellbeing of children – are very useful.

Communication during School Camps
There were a number of students on the recent Year 8 camp, who took their mobile phones. We have reviewed our rationale regarding students bringing phones on camps and how we communicate with parents regarding our anticipated return time. Beginning next year we intend to SMS parents on the last day of camp to notify them of our expected return time as well as continuing to communicate it in the permission note and through social media.

We are happy to discuss any concerns that parents have by not being able to directly communicate with their children on a camp and we will continue to review how we do things as we hear what will be most useful for parents and students.

Students will not be permitted to bring a mobile phone on any Middle School camp and we will continue to use other methods of communication such as providing the phone number of the camp site as well as parents being able to email staff.

What happens when people are tired?
It has been clear this week that a number of students are tired based on the emotion displayed (sadness, anger, etc.) in interactions with their peers and staff. I strongly encourage more sleep for children. I know that I struggle to maintain patience when I am tired and that more sleep means I am more patient and generally happier. After attending Year 8 Camp last week I needed to catch up on sleep.

I encourage parents to consider the patterns of sleep of children and to consider how to make things easier for children to get more sleep in the midst of the busy schedules that families keep. From my experience, one night is not enough and two consecutive nights brings a more significant help.

A comment from a Bus Driver
On Friday one of the bus drivers approached the teacher on duty in the Bus Bay to communicate how consistently pleased he is with the behaviour of students from Pacific Hills, Junior, Middle and Senior School students. He commented on what he sees from a number of schools and said that it is great the way that students sit together and talk.

He finished his comments by saying "Whatever you're doing here, it's good, keep it up"

Mr Colin Wood
Head of Middle School

Dates for your Diary
12 September Middle School Fathers’ Night
13 and 20 September Year 6 CARES Excursion
21 September Year 6 Geography Excursion
22 September School Fair
24-28 September Thank You Week