There is, however, still time to make a substantial difference if the focus is tight and we know exactly what needs to be done.
You will have noticed that during 2018 my broad focus inside this big idea of partnering with whanau and their tamariki in moving from subsistence to capital building citizenship, has been on language.
After spending time wandering around the school the school and talking with learners and teachers, bust mostly from working with learners whom I'm "spending time with", I've noticed some things we would all do well to pay attention to in having a sharp focus on a particular subset of language; namely Reading.
I think the conversation we will have about this will be at least as important as any ideas I bring you as the 'story starter'.
See what you think.