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End of Year Date and Time

School will close at 1 p.m. on Thursday 16th December for the end of our 2021 school year.  This includes the office.

Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up from school as there will be no staff here in the afternoon. 

Our first day of school for 2022 is Tuesday 8th February.

The office will open on Thursday 3rd February and Friday 4th February from 9am to 12:00pm for payment of donations, outdoor education activities etc.

Please note: the school no longer sells stationery. This will be available through OfficeMax – details coming next week.

Kia ora koutou.  Hello everyone.

It is really nice to be able to have a normal newsletter after such a long time! Welcome to those families and children who joined our school in lockdown with online learning and those who have started since school opened again. One of the events that was missed this year was our whole school Art Festival where we would usually turn the hall into an art gallery and every child has a piece of art on display. We have rescheduled this for next year. One thing we all did, staff and children, was colour a feather to make a kākahu (Māori cloak) which was to have been displayed as a part of the festival. Many thanks to Fiona De L’Isle who has spent considerable time putting together the cloak which is now displayed in the office area. Below is a picture and description of its significance for us.

Kotahi Tātou (We Are One)

 

This kākahu (Māori cloak) represents the aroha (love), manaakitanga (friendship) and whanaungatanga (connection) of all the tamariki and staff at Glamorgan. There are over 600 feathers on this kākahu that were carefully designed and coloured by every child and staff member before we went into lockdown. We may not be able to all get together at the moment but we have come together in this piece of art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of year reports

As previously communicated, 2021 has been another extraordinary year for us all. Our children’s experience and responses to COVID-19 and online learning has been varied, but we feel it is important that we acknowledge the effort and achievement of the children during these unprecedented times, therefore we will send home reports at the end of this term. For those children still working from home the report will be in an envelope with the class placement sheet inside the bag of your child’s belongings from the classroom. We will let you know when this can be collected.

It has been an opportune time for further developing the key competencies of managing self, thinking, communicating effectively, and participating and contributing. It has definitely been a time for building resilience.

We appreciate a lot of learning has occurred, both from modified curriculum based learning and from developing personal interests and strengths. This learning fits with real-life, just in time, contextual learning.

Due to these extraordinary circumstances teachers have been unable to formally assess your child as they normally would in class. Therefore, you may not see a change from Term 2 to Term 4 and for many children, they may remain at the same level as mid-year 2021. (For those children that joined the school during lockdown or just before, we will do our best to provide some feedback on your child’s learning but this may not always be possible).

Children progress at different rates under normal circumstances. The impact of the pandemic and distance learning likewise will differ for all children and we expect to be supporting all of our tamariki over the next 12 to 24 months as a result of disruptions both this year and last year. This will be the case for every student, at every level, at every school in affected areas and our future programmes will be reflective of the needs of our learners.

Your child’s stationery list for 2022 and the letter containing information about donations, Mathletics, Reading Eggs, class consumables and any other information pertaining only to your child’s team next year will come home with their report and  class placement sheet on 13th and 14th December.  Online stationery orders through OfficeMax will open on 14th December. 

Welcome and farewell
We are sad to be losing Sue Hobin at the end of the term and wish her well for the future. Sue has been a valuable and treasured member of our team for 24 years altogether after joining the staff in 1997 and was a classroom teacher for 22 of those years and for the last 2 years our Teacher of learners with English as a second language. Sue will retire at the end of the term.
Holly Browne will not be returning from maternity leave and we wish her and her family all the very best as we do Michelle Waaka who will leave the office staff at the end of the year.
Robyn Bennett will take on a different role as ESOL teacher from 2022 and we thank her for all her hard work and leadership as teacher and Team Leader for team 3. Congratulations to Sharon Topliss who won the team leaders position for Team 3.
We welcome back Kate Koman from maternity leave in 2022 and  also welcome Shelly Blakeman and Brooke Mabbott to the teaching staff next year and Jen Powell to our office admin staff.

Library Books

No more library books will be issued this year. Please have a good look at home and send all library books back to school as soon as possible.

Returning school devices loaned out for distance learning

School devices loaned out for distance learning need to be returned by the end of next week (Friday 10th December).

Students back on-site for learning
If your child is bringing their device to school for their ‘on-site learning’ day then they can leave it at school with their teacher on Wednesday 8th (Years 1, 3 and 6) or Thursday 9th (Years 2, 4 and 5). Please make sure the charger is returned as well!

Students still learning from home
These devices need to go to the school office in a named bag (student name and room number) along with the charger. There will be containers outside the office to place the devices in. These can be returned between 10am and 2pm.

The last day for distance learning is Wednesday 8th December.

Around 200 devices have been loaned out and it will take us a while to sort through them and put them back into classrooms before the end of the year. We appreciate your support in getting the devices and chargers back to school by the end of next week.

Kind regards

Martin Vanderhoorn