Term 2 ends 3pm Friday 6th July
Term 3 starts 9am Monday 23rd July
Kia ora koutou. Hello everyone.
A huge thank you for your support of the spell-a-thon which raised over $11,000! The funds will support a variety of projects in our school including furniture for classrooms, resources that support the play based learning part of the curriculum in year 1, children with english as a second language and extension activities in the school. Thank you so much.
Whole School Assembly Friday 29th June
Hapori (Team 3) will be leading our whole school assembly tomorrow Friday 29th June at 2pm in the hall. You are all welcome to come along.
Mid year reports
Yesterday Wednesday 27th June your child’s mid year report came home. Please check your child’s bag.
The mid year report is designed to inform you about your child’s learning for this term in numeracy and literacy, where they are in relation to the New Zealand Curriculum and provide next steps to work on with ways you can support learning at home. Included with the report is an explanation of the levels of the New Zealand Curriculum and expectations of where children should be working for their year level.
In case there are any concerns teachers or parents wish to discuss, we have set aside a limited time for teachers to meet with parents on Thursday 5th July from 3.15pm until 5:45pm. Please note, these meetings are only for parents whom the teacher has indicated they would like to meet again OR for parents who have a concern about their child they wish to discuss. The letter enclosed with the report will tell you how to make any appointment needed.
Of course, any time you have a query, concern or something to celebrate during the year and would like to meet with a teacher, you can phone the office or email the teacher to make an appointment.
Website translate function
In an earlier newsletter we told you about the translate function on the school website which could translate posts into different languages. We thought this may help keep families new to New Zealand who have english as a second language up to date with what is happening at school. Unfortunately the feedback we have had from parents is that this was ok for the odd word but not for translating whole documents. They didn’t really make sense, so we have now disabled this function. Thank you for your feedback – without it we would never have known!
Jammies in June
What a cold morning it was yesterday and perfect for a PJ day at school! Every year children leave hospital in the winter to go home and have no pyjamas to wear. The Middlemore Foundation started Jammies in June a few years ago to help these children from ages 0-16.
The reason behind KIDZ FIRST Jammies in June 2018
Jammies keep little chests toasty during chilly winter nights.
About 320 children are admitted to Kidz First in January, but that increases to more than 700 in August. Kids that are warm at night are less likely to fall sick and be admitted to hospital due to preventable illnesses such as Acute Rheumatic Fever, a disease usually only found in third world countries but prevalent in Counties Manukau.
How you can help
If you would like to donate a pair of new flannelette PJs (any size but don’t forget the teenagers too!) there is a box in the office to pop them in or you can donate a gold coin.
Please could any further PJs be at school by the end of term.
Our lost property box is full! If your child has lost property this term please check the box at the back of the hall. Any lost property left at the end of term will be donated to charity.
Oneroa Kāhui Ako/Community of Learning news
Oneroa Kāhui Ako Teacher Only Day
On Friday 1st June, 300 teachers from the seven schools in the Oneroa Kāhui Ako were treated to a thought-provoking professional development day. The theme of the day was ‘Creating a Happier, Healthier, more Engaged Community.’
Our keynote speaker, Kathryn Berkett, began the day with an engaging presentation with a neuro-scientific spin. She stressed the importance of taking time to reset yourself and that we can only be effective as professionals and as learners if we take the time to understand and proactively engage with the effect stress has on our brains and our bodies.
Throughout the day, staff from across our 7 schools had the opportunity to attend workshops focusing on topics relating to the core work we are currently engaging in as a Kāhui Ako. Tony Ryan spoke with great passion and excitement about the future that awaits our children. John Meeske tackled anxiety and resilience while Jannie van Hees addressed cultural responsiveness in the classroom. Maria Riordan shared some tips around teacher well-being, Stu Duval engaged us through his journey as an author and Brian Annan opened our eyes to the possibility of a global community. Marie Hirst shared her passion for accelerating students in Mathematics while Michael Irwin shared his expertise around teaching boys. All workshops were thought-provoking and designed to challenge our practice in a positive manner.
Further to these workshops, the day also gave our staff the chance to engage in collaborative discussions with colleagues from other schools, helping to build valuable connections. Thank you to the Kāhui Ako Within School Lead Teachers for facilitating these sessions and to all staff for making them so very worthwhile through your passionate sharing and collaboration. We look forward to these connections continuing to develop to the benefit of all our students.
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Northcross Intermediate School for hosting the event. Thank you to the staff and students who so generously shared their time and experience. The welcome we received and the organisation throughout the day was outstanding!
Also a very big thank you to Loaves and Fishes who ensured that we were well looked after in terms of an outstanding lunch.
We look forward to another day of collaborative learning in 2019.