13 June 2022
Kia ora koutou,
Firstly my apologises for the lack of newsletters lately. I have unfortunately been battling a few bugs and who knows maybe symptoms of long covid with a fare bit of last week off. We have had quite a few bugs going around school of mixed variety. Our staff/students have been hit a bit lately as well with winter illnesses. I don’t think we need the reminder about staying away if sick.
- sandpit working bee
- After School Care update
- Latest Teacher Writing Professional Development
- Children looking after our environment
- A few notices
Sandpit working bee
On Saturday 28th June we had a small hardworking team of parents and staff completing the sandpit surround replacement. Robyn and Darcie, two of our fantastic teacher aides and After School Carer’s organised dads, dad friends and poppa’s and myself for food and refreshments. Sam (Callen’s dad), Barry (Callen’s poppa), Jackson (Jack’s dad) and Steve the dad’s mate, did the technical machine operating and replacement of timber. The results are fantastic with the sandpit looking good. It will not need to be replaced for many years to come. Thank you to everyone involved. The children get so much enjoyment out of the sandpit every day.
Robyn and Darcie could not resist getting a few other gardening jobs done with a real tidy up of the front gate and school sign area, as well as some great planting in tyres outside of the library area.
A big thank you to all involved supporting our school.
After School Care update
After School Care is operating at full capacity most of the time with our space and staffing. We have had to prioritise families who use this service regularly over casual users. If you require After School Care please contact the office and we will check student numbers with Robyn, who manages the bookings.
Latest Teacher Writing Professional Development
Last Wednesday we had a writing facilitator, from Writer’s Toolbox, working with our staff on writing expansion sessions. The focus was further developing Mrs Courtney de Boer’s (R3 teacher/junior leader) skills as our writing coach to support all staff on planning and teaching children with writing. Our facilitator gave our school some really good feedback on how well our staff are doing implementing this school wide approach to writing. The writing expansion sessions were designed to show teachers how to support students abilities to expand on an idea. This is good preparation for paragraph writing. Well done to our teachers for really working hard to take on this new learning.
Children looking after our environment
A few weeks ago we introduced an environmental trophy to our assemblies. We focussed on the students taking more pride in our outside school environment. Each class has been allocated an area that they regularly tidy. Room 3 was the first class to win and keep the trophy for a week, followed by Room 5 and then Room 7 last week. The students have been doing a fantastic job caring for our school and I hope you notice the change as you come in the school gates to pick up children. Well done to the tamariki.
A few notices
- A reminder that school is closed on the 23rd June for our Teacher Only Day
- A reminder that school is closed on the 24th June for our National Holiday – Matariki
- For any rugby enthusiasts out there. Please see the notice below.