Northern News : November 14th 2012
9 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 14, 2012 Dear Mike and Sophia, My son started Springbank at the beginning of 2012, in Year 6. After much turmoil and heartache at his previous school, Springbank was a joint decision between my immediate and extended family. Those who knew my son prior to starting at Springbank can all attest to the immense change in his behaviour. I cannot express enough what a life changing experience Springbank has been for him. Where he lacked confidence, he now has it in bucket loads, where he lacked self-esteem, he now believes in himself, where he lacked work ethic, he now knows the pay off of perseverance. He speaks with confidence, looks people in the eye, stands up for himself with respect and knows clear boundaries. If it was not my son that had transformed before my eyes, I would not believe anyone else who told me a school could change a child the way my son has changed. If he goes to school grumpy or disinterested, he will always come home happy, bouncing and full of animated stories about his day. From an academic perspective, I was worried with him being in a state school for 5 years and how he would 'keep up'. However, he has excelled across the board. The most fascinating aspect is he barely knows how much he is learning from day to day, yet his mind is brimming with new knowledge. Everything they appear to learn seems to be taught in such a fun, exciting way. Perhaps the teachers are so passionate about what and how they teach it rubs off on the children? The facts he brings home, or the work he has been set is far more challenging than I thought he would be capable of doing, yet he does it with ease and with motivation. He is no longer the 'trouble maker' or the kid who gets detention everyday. He takes pride in who he is, he cares about where he is going and he knows his teachers do as well. I am so proud of my son for the hard work he has put in this year and will endeavour, at all costs, to keep his education at Springbank until he leaves school. I cannot thank the principal and his teachers enough for giving him the chance to show them what an amazing kid he is. Springbank School recently received this letter from a parent: I cannot thank the principal and his teachers enough for giving him the chance to show them what an amazing kid he is. He takes pride in who he is, he cares about where he is going and he knows his teachers do as well. ...what a life-changing experience Springbank has been for him. 78 Waimate North Road, Kerikeri Email: email@example.com Springbank School is Northland's premier independent co-educational school for Year 1- 13 students. We are nationally recognised for our exceptional learning environment and outstanding student achievement. If you are interested in learning more, please phone Sally on 09 407 5236, or visit www.springbank.school.nz Springbank School builds capability, character and confidence in every child. We are proud to be such an important part of the Kerikeri community.
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