Focus Weeks

In Term 2 as part of its on-going emphasis on School Wide Positive Behaviours, Gisborne Secondary College will be continuing its work on Focus Weeks supported by mini lessons in the Mentor space to support students understanding of systems, processes, expectations, and the school values.


Below you will find an outline of each focus week to both give you some perspective on the work we are doing and to support conversations you may be having at home.


Week 2 - 22nd – 26th April 2024

Innovation – In line with the ANZAC commemorations the focus of this week is using ways to find out information or gain skills we did not already have. The intention is for students to explore ways to identify information or stories about the ANZACs from our local community. 


Week 3 - 29th April – 3rd May 2024

Effective use of locker – Reminding the students of the importance of keeping an orderly locker and how to effectively access their locker before classes and when returning equipment to ensure everyone is safe and students can move between classes without delay.


Week 4 - 6th – 10th May 2024

Correct Uniform – An opportunity to remind students on the expectations around wearing the correct school uniform and to ensure they understand the process when they do not have correct uniform.


Week 5 - 13th – 17th May 2024

Diversity – this week we are focusing on group work and exploring with students how to be a positive and active member of a team.


Week 6 - 20th – 24th May 2024

Merits – At the midpoint in the term we are running a whole school focus on celebration, especially the College’s merit system. We will also be looking at appropriate use of the school computer network and effective use of devices in the classroom, specifically when it is appropriate for students to access their devices.


Week 7 - 27th – 31st May 2024

Respect – In week 7 students will enhance their understanding of how to greet others around the College and to learn about appropriate social registers regarding greeting or addressing others in different situations.


Week 8 - 3rd – 7th June 2024

Environment –Students will discuss different ways to look after the school yard with respect.


Week 9 - 10th – 14th June 2024

Mobile Phones – The overall focus of the staff will be on ensuring students are compliant with the school and education departments position regarding mobile phones in schools. Phones should be securely stored from 8.55am – 3.16pm in student’s lockers. We will also be delivering mini lessons regarding correct ways to behave and being respectful during guest speaker presentations. 


Week 10 -17th – 21st June 2024)

Achievement – To allow every student to achieve their personal best, especially in assessments, this week we will be actively teaching exam and test behaviours so that all those involved understand what appropriate behaviour under test / exam conditions is.