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Term 1 2019 – Thursday 31st January 2019 to Friday 12th April 2019

Kia ora koutou.  Hello everyone.

Meet the teacher evening TODAY

One of the first whole school events this year is Meet the Teacher Evening today Thursday 7th February for Teams 1, 5 and 6 starting at 5:45pm and Teams 2, 3 and 4 starting at 6:30pm. Please be at your child’s classroom by the starting times – this is different to Sharing the Learning where you are welcome to turn up any time. Last year we had a really good turn out and we look forward to seeing you all again this year.

For Team 2 please go to the following rooms: Room 5 & 11 in Room 5 and Room 6 & 7 in Room 7.

In Team 4 Rooms 12 and 13 will meet together in Room 12.

For the rest of the school please go directly to your child’s classroom.

Just a reminder that if you are coming as a family, the children should not run in and out of the classrooms whilst the teachers are talking to you. This is distracting for both parents and teachers.

Your child’s teacher will send home a form asking if there is any more information you want the teacher to know about your child. Meet the teacher evening will not give the opportunity for one to one discussions and filling out the form would give the teacher any information you feel they need to be able to work successfully with your child. If you need to talk to the teacher further please make a time to see them either through the office or by emailing them directly.

We look forward to meeting you all!

Glamorgan is a rubbish free zone!

All plastic, paper and food rubbish must be taken home each day. Try a litterless lunch – put food into small airtight containers for your children, without any wrapping so they can eat the food and bring the container home. As a part of environmental learning  this year we will be encouraging children to be litter free so you may find they come home and ask you if they can take food out of the wrappers or have fresh fruit or vegies instead of processed food in a container. If you could support your child in this we would be grateful.

Scootering and Cycling to School

If your child is in Year 4, 5 or 6 they are allowed to cycle or scooter to school independently and leave their cycle or scooter securely fastened  during the day. To do this they MUST have parental permission. Permission letters are available from Mrs Watson’s window. Please be aware that all safety procedures for the child and scooter or bike are parents’ responsibility and the school takes no responsibility for bikes or scooters left on the school site.

If your child is in Year 1,2 or 3 they are not allowed to cycle or scooter to school independently and leave their bike or scooter at school. Of course they can cycle or scooter with a parent and the parent can take the scooter or bike home again.

 Reporting to parents 

Children and parents will receive two written reports during the year and there are opportunities to meet with the teacher as a class and individually as well as sharing your child’s learning at an open afternoon in term 3. We use a range of different assessments to make any judgments about children’s progress in relation to the levels the children should be working at within the New Zealand Curriculum. Please note that school closes early on the day we hold parent/teacher/child discussions.

A summary of the reporting cycle is below:

Term 1    Meet The Teacher (7th February) and  Parent/teacher/child discussions (Wednesday 3rd April. School closes early at 1:00pm)

Term 2   Written report against progress made in relation to the New Zealand Curriculum in reading, writing and maths. Parent/ teacher/child discussions for those families who request one.

Term 3   Sharing the Learning: Y1-6   3-6pm (date to be confirmed for 2019)

Term 4   End of year written report against all curriculum areas.

School hours

For safety reasons, children are not to enter the school grounds before 8.15am and need to leave before 3.15pm with the exception of sports training.

School Donations 2019

We greatly appreciate all donations made to the school and the school donation for the 2019 school year is:

 Per yearPer term
1 Child$180$46.25
2 or more children$335$85

Payment can be made at the office by cheque, EFTPOS, Visa, internet banking or automatic payments can be arranged with your bank. Our bank account details are ASB 12-3080-0059486-00.  Please ensure you complete the reference section with your child’s name and specify “school donation”. You are able to claim a tax refund on school donations paid by requesting and completing an IR526 form from the Inland Revenue.

Dogs at school and in the pool area

Please do not bring dogs onto the school property at all and definitely not into the pool area – it is part of the pool users agreement that dogs will not be brought to school. We rely on pool users honouring the agreement in order to have this great facility open to the community.

Team names

Following on from consultation with our Maori community and using our Maori teacher through the Te Reo Tuatahi  organisation to guide us, last year we  introduced team names throughout the school that represent the journey from year 1 to year 6 and would give a sense of identity and belonging to each team for the children. Our team names are:

Tātai-o-Matariki (or Matariki for short) –  New beginnings (Team 1)

Whanake – Growing (Team 2)

Hapori – Community (Team 3)

Tiakitanga – Guardianship (Team 4)

Haepapa – Responsibility (Team 5)

Rangatiratanga – Leadership (Team 6)

Message from Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service expects a spike in whooping cough cases to continue, after 28 schools in Auckland were affected late last term. Whooping cough is a highly infectious disease and can cause serious illness for young children.
• Vaccination is free and offers the best protection against this disease – please check with your doctor if you are unsure of your child’s vaccination history.
• If your child has symptoms of whooping cough, please keep them at home away from school. They should be seen by a GP.
• Whooping cough starts like a cold with a runny nose, cough and fever and is spread by coughing. After 7-10 days, the cough becomes more severe and prolonged coughing spasms occur that may end with a whoop, dry retching or vomiting.
• Students with suspected whooping cough are excluded from school and this is disruptive to their learning and often parents’ work schedules.
• If you are pregnant, protect yourself and your baby – see your GP for a free vaccination in your third trimester of every pregnancy (28–38 weeks). Protect new babies by immunising on time
at 6 weeks, 3 months and 5 months.

Upcoming Events

FRIENDS OF GLAMORGAN SCHOOL MEETING

The first Friends of the School (FOTS) meeting for 2019 will be held on Monday, 25 February at 7.30pm in the staff room. All are welcome, so please come along and join us!
For those that are new to the school, the FOTS committee plan and run events to raise funds for the school (and is a really good way to meet other people at the school). In the past, events have included school discos, quiz night, chocolate sales, and movie nights. We are always looking for new ideas, so don’t be shy! This meeting will focus on a schedule of events for the year and volunteers to help run them. But don’t fear about FOTS consuming all your spare time – we all know how valuable free time is! – the commitment is as much, or as little, as you can spare.
For more information, feel free to contact Katie Elliott on katiemariekoo@hotmail.com, who is organising the first meeting. Likewise, if you’re keen to get involved but are unable to attend on 25 February, let Katie know and we’ll add you to the FOTS list.

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