Dear Students

Dear Students

WOW! Another full six months of study and hard work in the classroom and at home. Today you will have received your reports. I don’t know about you but when I went to school, reports were a lot shorter and I must confess … I didn’t like them very much at all. I worried about what Mum and Dad would think and I also found that sometimes I focused on the little bit in the report that gave me a challenge or was a little sad to read about myself.

Here are some actual comments from my own report card in 1984:

Some nice ones: 

-Deserves this very good result (Mr A – Maths)
-He has insight and can discuss things well (Mr P – English Literature)
-Paul’s efforts have been rewarded (Mr I – Economics)

But also;

-Avoid over confidence, Paul (Mrs F – ACCOUNTING)
-His essays are colourful in language but lack real depth and detail (Mr B – History)
-Paul is obviously a capable student but MUST GET HIS ACT TOGETHER (Mr A – Geography)

 

In many ways reports have changed. Did you know that teachers HAVE to give you a grade – it is part of their job! AT Bold Park Community School we try to show in your report how you have been progressing over your time at the school and we also use different words to show your progress. My favourite part of the report is where YOU write about your own learning and your parent comments are also super special!

To us… no one ever “fails” a subject… we are all on a learning journey and getting better every day!

I hope you are happy with everything in your report but I also know that you may not feel you have made the progress you had hoped… or you might want to talk to your teacher about your report (Yes – it is OK if YOU want to make a time to meet the teacher about your report … even without Mum and Dad)!

Our reports grade you on some important things but they don’t grade you on everything that is important!

I read an article this week about a young girl who was so sad that she got all D’s on her report card and her Dad reminded her in a special way that the report didn’t capture the MOST IMPORTANT things about her… so he made his own grade report:

I want you to know that your teachers, your parents and I are really proud of you for ALL of your skills, talents, gifts, personality, strengths and we are here to help you in the areas that might need a tiny bit more help (even the ones you might not want to do at the moment).

Enjoy a GREAT BREAK and we’ll do more amazing things together when you come back after the holidays.

In the meantime… I’ll try and GET MY ACT TOGETHER!

Kindly

 

Paul Whitehead
Principal
Bold Park Community School

 

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