Thursday 8th August 2019 No. 13
Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa
It has been great meeting lots of whānau who have been in for three way conferences in the last two days. The tamariki love having their whānau in their classroom, sharing their learning. It makes a positive difference in their progress and achievement – socially, academically and emotionally.
It is very disturbing to hear that a young person in our area was approached on the street on the way to school. In this instance, the girl stood strong and refused to get into the car, but it was a very traumatic experience. The police and community response was very effective and the offender has been dealt with appropriately. Teachers have reminded children about keeping safe on the way to and from school. Please look out for our kids on the streets and try to encourage them to walk in groups, rather than alone.
We are looking forward to next week’s Matariki Festival and are very grateful for the excellent support being offered. We still need more adults to serve food on the class stalls. Please let the teacher or the office know if you are able to help.
Ka kite anō
TUPU TAHI – GROWING TOGETHER. STANDING STRONG. REACHING HIGH.
Winners of books for the last two weeks were:
Rm 3 Sinaraa
Rm 4 Tynneal
Rm 7 Jodeci
Rm 10 Sam
Caught Being Good
Winners of books for the last two weeks were:
Te Kākano: Nikau & Lily Rm 3: Izealia & Phu’o’ng
Rm 4: Jacob & Melaia Rm 5: Bella-Marie & Zeke
Rm 6: Hero & Lennix
Rm 7: Hunter & Corin Rm 8: Tukaha Rm 9: Mila
Rm 10: Arleyah & Liam Rm 12: Breeze
Kotahitanga: Marnu, Oceana, Sophea & Brooklyn
Special Mention Caught Being Good: Noah – Rm 12
Winners for the last two weeks were:
Te Kākano: Dastan & Jaxon
Rm 3: River-Lee & Harlem
Rm 4: Ayva-Lee & Hemi
Rm 5: Wyatt & Mason Rm 6: Adele & Honey
Rm 7: Hama & Molly Rm 8: Iona & Tyler
Rm 10: Asher & Jaxon Rm 11: Shayla Rm 12: Emme
Kotahitanga: Kutana, Zuriel, Keylow & Jatin
Ngā Mātāpono Awards
Te Kākano: Stephen, Lily, Rob Marley & Dastan
Rm 3: Simeon, Te Mauri, Connor & Te Ohonga
Rm 4: Jahlee, Te Ararina, Dean & Luke
Rm 5: Emma, Dynahlee, James & Tayla
Rm 6: Beau & Taniora
Rm 7: Akaysha, Kyle, Paige B & Michelle
Rm 8: Natalya, Mahoe, Angel & Shekairis
Rm 10: Keyan, Jasiah, Brooke & Tevita
Rm 11: Kopa
Kotahitanga: Isabella, Brooklyn, Tynan & Rush
MATARIKI FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT FESTIVAL
This is on next Friday the 16th of August.
Thank you to everyone who has put their name forward to donate goods, cook, or help at the Festival.
If you are able to help and haven’t put your name forward please contact the office as soon as possible.
Notes will come home next week for the parents who have offered to help.
Please help us make this the best Entertainment and Food Festival ever!
Year Six Transition to Intermediate and High School
Transition to their next school is very important for children. It is a big change in their lives and it is exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. It helps to relieve their anxiety if they know well ahead of time which school they will be attending and they can visit the school and visualise themselves there next year.
We have planned transition processes with the two closest schools – Tikipunga High School and Kamo Intermediate School.
The Year Six students have visited Tikipunga High School twice recently, once for their Open Day and once for some Technology lessons.
Enrolments for Tikipunga High School-
Mr Neil Collings will be at our school on 7th and 8th August 1:00-3:00pm.
Mrs Emma Leyland will be here on Tuesday 13th August 8:30am-2:00 pm
Alternatively phone Tikipunga High School on 0800 437 329 for further information.
Students will visit Kamo Intermediate School’s Open Day on Tuesday 13th August 9:30am-12:00 noon
Enrolments for Kamo Intermediate-
Interviews at KIS – 20, 21 or 22 August 8:00am-10:00am
Interviews at our school – 5 September 8:00am-4:30pm
Principal Support Day
This Friday is a nationwide day of action in schools and communities to support principals in their agreement negotiations. While the teachers have settled on their agreement with the offer of pay parity and salary increases, principals were not offered this. There was no change to the original offer that was initially rejected. Unfortunately, principals across the country are now facing the situation where teachers in their schools are paid more than they are, without the responsibility. Many deputy principals will also be paid more than smaller school principals, or only a little less than their own principal. Giving primary principals pay parity for the same size schools as secondary and area school principals is only fair. However, it will require pressure from communities, parents and others to achieve this. The role of principal will be harder to fill in the future otherwise, especially in smaller schools.
Pedestrian crossing – Just a reminder that if your children walk to school, staff are supervising the crossings in the mornings from 8:30-8:55am. Please make sure if they are walking that they come to school within these times to be kept safe crossing the busy roads.
School Car park – As we are experiencing wetter weather please be mindful of how you use the car park. Please be considerate of others and don’t park in places that cause a gridlock. There is parking up on the grass behind the swimming pool where you can wait for your children.Thank you for your co-operation.
Reporting student absences
We are now sending daily texts or emails to parents of students who have not advised us why their child/ren are absent that day.
Please advise us of any absences before 9.30am each day by calling the office on 4350019, texting 021 0272 4313 or using the ‘report an absence’ option on our website.
Students and Cellphones
Cell phones should be kept at home, however if they do come to school they must be handed in to the office or to the class teacher for safe keeping.
Bringing Valuables To School
Children are not allowed to bring toys or valuable items to school and if they do, they do so at their own risk. If for any reason a child needs to bring something special, they can hand it into the office in the morning and collect it at the end of the day.
A big Thank You to Donna Maclaine from First National Real Estate for the $100 donation to the school.
First National Real Estate donates $100 to the school nearest to where a house is sold. The house does not have to be sold to a parent.