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A reminder that permission slips for next Friday’s Amazing Race World Vision Fundraiser need to be returned to the School Office by Wednesday 28 June, at the latest. The Information Letter and Permission Slip attachments are available on the Ultranet page and the permission slip was also emailed out separately to all families.

Next week we will be farewelling two members of staff. Mr Leslie Stewart has taught Spanish here for seven years and made his classes fun, entertaining, enjoyable and hugely beneficial to language learners of all ages. Mr Stewart has always been at the forefront of using technology in his classes, and his sense of humour and fun will be much missed in the staff room. He is moving up country and we thank him for his support for the school community and wish him all the very best in this new venture. Mrs Esther Huertas is joining the Whitby family to teach Spanish and I am sure she will quickly feel at home here. Mr Kevin Campbell is also moving on and out of education into private enterprise! He has been a stalwart IT support person for Whitby these past few years and we will no doubt miss him a great deal.

All the research is very clear in that if you want to encourage deep thinking and learning you need students to engage in real life experiences, problems and explorations. Through the wonderful energy and commitment of their teachers, Marsden Whitby students have had a multitude of those experiences over the past few weeks. A very small look back through this term alone highlights a variety of subject-related field trips, the Paremata Regeneration Project, PE students planning a real Education Outside the Classroom trip, students going to Weltec for advice on building their electric car, Market Day, using the maker space at Pataka and the Robocup challenge, not to mention visits from NASA astronauts and Oscar and BAFTA award winners!  Staff are also committed to supporting the Amazing Race World Vision fundraiser in a number of ways – staffing the event after school and overnight next Friday, paying for cars to be washed, buying baked goods, wearing wigs and even allowing themselves to be dunked with buckets of cold water! It is this level of commitment, support and forward thinking which will have a significant impact not only on the learning of our young people, but also on their ability to thrive in and contribute to the world of the future in a significant way. That is what teaching is all about. Making the future now.

Anne Winnall

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