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Term 2 ends at 3pm on Friday 8th July

Teacher Only Day Friday 3rd June, Queens Birthday Public Holiday Monday 6th June

Matariki Public Holiday  Friday 24th June, Teacher Only Day Monday 27th June

Kia ora koutou.  Hello everyone.

Basic Fact-A-Thon Fundraiser – facts coming home on Monday

This year’s a-thon is a Basic Fact-a-thon and next Monday 23rd May your child will bring home their fact sheet to learn and a sponsor sheet. The Basic Fact-a-Thon was chosen to support the children’s learning of basic maths facts. Fundraising from the a-thon supports items such as extra learning resources in the classrooms, furniture, ICT equipment and library. Please help your child to learn their facts and ask the teacher if you are unsure of anything.

The testing day will be Wednesday 8 June and children will have until Thursday 23rd June to gather their sponsorship funds following the testing day. We do not encourage children to go ‘door knocking’ and prefer that you monitor the soliciting of sponsors. Donations are welcomed should you not approve of gaining sponsorship.  We appreciate your assistance in this regard. Please complete the sponsor sheet and send this to school on the test day.

PhotoLife photos next Monday

School class, individual and sibling (if requested) photos will be taken on Monday 23rd May by PhotoLife and you should have received an email earlier this week to let you know.  The children will have a flyer in their bag today with details also. Please note that the school does not take any money for the photos, all payments are made directly to Photolife. When the photos are ready to purchase PhotoLife will send a key for each child to school. We will send these home to you and they have details of how to order your photos.

IMPORTANT: If you would like sibling photos then you or your child needs to collect a sibling photo form from the school office and return it before photos are taken on Monday. PhotoLife will not take any sibling photos if they have not received the form.

Bullying Free New Zealand Week now on – Pink Shirt day on Friday

Theme BFNZ Week 22Bullying-Free New Zealand Week starts 16th May and ends with the Mental Health Foundation’s Pink Shirt Day tomorrow Friday 2oth May. This year’s theme is He Kōtuinga mahi iti, he hua pai-ā rau – Small ripples create big waves. The small actions we take to help prevent bullying will together create a wave of change. The week provides a great opportunity for students to celebrate what makes them unique and encourage schools to build environments where everyone is welcome, safe and free from bullying.

The week ends with Pink Shirt Day where children and adults  can wear a pink shirt on 20th May in support of Bully-Free NZ week. We realise not everyone has pink in their wardrobe and we do not expect families to buy especially for the day. A pink hair tie or wristband is just as welcome. If you wish to make a gold coin donation this will be given to the Mental Health Foundation.

Health Education
The Life Education caravan has been at school for the last 3 weeks and we have had some positive feedback from the children and teachers. They have covered a variety of topics including the human body, healthy eating and how the digestive system works.
Life Education forms a part of the Health Curriculum which consists of Personal health and physical developmentMovement concepts and motor skillsRelationships with other people and Healthy communities and environments. The seven key areas of learning are mental health, sexuality education, food and nutrition, body care and physical safety, physical activity, sport studies and outdoor education. Last year before lockdown, we conducted a community survey around the health curriculum and the results form part of the Health Curriculum Statement which is on the school website or click the link below:

Cara – “I like that it is not just sitting in a classroom. I enjoyed learning about the human body, the digestive system and the nervous system”.

Ronin – “I liked learning about the body and I like learning from Harold”.
Harlem – “It’s fun and you get to learn new things. Charlie was really good at teaching us about the human body”.
Jade -” I like how we learned about the important body things and I really liked meeting Harold again. He’s really nice!”