Term 1 2020
Monday 3rd February to Wednesday 8th April
Kia ora koutou. Hello everyone.
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.
Sending our Aroha to Australia Primary Schools Day – tomorrow
The Auckland Primary Principals Association (APPA) has partnered with SchoolAid’s bushfire recovery appeal which has the support of the Australian Primary Principal’s Association (APPA), the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA), and the Australian Catholic Primary Principals Association (ACPPA).
The APPA will collect any funds collected from schools and then transfer them to the SchoolAid so they can help support schools in communities affected by the bushfires through the Australian Primary Principal’s Association.
Notices were handed out regarding playing netball this year to ALL year 1, 2, 3 and 4 children and all those who expressed an interest in years 5 and 6. If your child has either lost their notice or did not collect one and you would like them to play netball, then please go to the school website and under Parent Information/Permissions Slips you will find three notices you can download and print off, one for years 1-4 , one for Year 5 and one for Year 6. Permission slips and fees for netball must be in to the school office by 3rd March.
Please make sure you have changed your child’s room number to this year’s class if you make an online or cash lunch order otherwise your child’s lunch goes to the wrong class!
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 we encourage 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 open mornings and afternoons – watch the newsletter for dates and details of these. 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 in term 1.
A summary of the reporting cycle is below:
Term 1 Meet The Teacher (12th February) and Parent/teacher/child discussions (Thursday 26th March. 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 (Thursday 17th September)
Term 4 End of year written report against all curriculum areas.
For those families new to the school, following on from consultation with our Maori community and using our Maori teacher through the Te Reo Tuatahi organisation to guide us, 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)
Year 6 Waterwise
February 11 2020 marked the start of the Waterwise season for our year 6 students. Very many thanks to those who have trained as Waterwise instructors and to those parent volunteers for helping us. We had a great first day on the water.
Who are we?
We are a friendly and welcoming group of parents/caregivers who plan events for the school community and raise money to help make the school a better place for our children. Our events include school discos, an annual quiz night for parents, PJ parties and fun runs. Every year, we ask the school’s Board of Trustees what needs FOTS support and fundraising – in the past, we have raised money for new laptops, playground equipment, and kapa haka uniforms.
In 2020, we are aiming to raise $25,000 towards a new playground and shade sails.
Join our group on Facebook to find out more information and connect with others in our school community! Find us at www.facebook.com/groups/
How can you help?
JOIN THE FOTS COMMITTEE
New members are always welcome, at any time during the year! We meet once a month, typically on a Tuesday night at 7pm in the staff room (which is located above the school office); watch the school newsletter and our Facebook page for meeting info. It’s a great chance to meet other parents/caregivers at the school and make friends, all while helping to support our school. At our meetings, we prepare for upcoming events and share new ideas – we are always looking for new approaches to fundraising and community-building, so please don’t be shy!
We know many are hesitant to join FOTS as they are worried about the time involved, but the contribution is as much as you are willing to make – be it arranging sponsorship, sourcing prizes, graphic design, communications, decorations, shopping for supplies, or an extra pair of hands at an event.
This year, we would really like to offer our materials – eg event fliers, fundraising explainers – in Mandarin, so please let us know if you would be able to help with that; email us at email@example.com. Likewise, email us if you are interested in joining the committee or have any questions – we’re always happy to talk.
JOIN OUR ‘FOTS SUPPORTER’ LIST
Our FOTS Supporters are those who want to help but are unable to join the committee for whatever reason. We use this list to ask for volunteers for events, such as running a stall at school discos or setting up the hall for events. All help is always gratefully received!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be added to our FOTS Supporters today!
SPONSORSHIP & PRIZES
If you own a business, or your employer is keen to support local groups, we have several opportunities throughout the year for sponsorship, be it outright sponsorship of events to covering the cost of suppliers (such as our photobooth at discos and the quiz night) to donating prizes for events. Every little helps!
If you are interested in finding out more about sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch with us on email@example.com.