Creating a love of learning within a safe, caring, respectful, sustainable environment where individual excellence and diversity is valued.
Kia ora Parents, Caregivers, Whanau and Friends of the School
As we enter the last ten weeks of the school year, we know that children have limited time left to make gains in their learning. Although this is the term when the Arts become a major focus for us, with the end of year pantomime involving all children, and we continue developing children’s movement and fitness skills through athletics, and swimming for our new entrant classes, our key learning areas remain literacy and mathematics, which are taught daily until the last week of the term. Syndicate teams meet weekly to discuss children’s progress and share ideas for supporting children who have challenges and also for extending children to work at a higher level .
Rooms 5, 6 and 7 will commence weekly swimming lessons on Friday mornings from the 7th November until the 2nd December. Anna, the class teacher and I will take these thirty minute lessons. Parents will receive further details, including a request for parent help with supervision, and a consent form, before the end of the week. The cost of this is covered by our curriculum budget.
It has been a very busy holiday with our carpark extension entering the final stage; the artificial cricket wicket pad being laid, in readiness for the artificial turf layer; all windows and all but 2 sliding doors throughout the school now replaced with new frames and double glazing; the resource area at the end of the new classroom now having an external access door; boiler maintenance work being completed; the area outside room 11 being prepared in readiness for landscaping (Sincere thanks to Mouse James, Lachie and Ben and CromDig for the work they have done on this); carpet repairs in the hall; and the arrival of materials to erect a verandah on the southern hall entranceway! Thanks Ray for all the time you have spent coordinating all the contractors involved in this work. The Board will finalise carpark plans on Monday, which involve carpark markings, a drop off zone, designating some visitor carparks and finalising fencing plans. The new carpark will allow parents access to drop off children. We hope that the supervised drop off area, will help the traffic congestion on Gilling Place. This will be strictly enforced as a ‘drop-off’ area – parents will not be able to leave their cars whilst taking children to classrooms in the car park area.
Kai pai tou wiki. Have a good week, Sharon
Congratulations to our Senior Students for winning the 2013 trophies: Individual Excellence, Brodie Devon; Contributions to the Life of the School, Marica Senabu-Salu; Anderson Family Trophy, Zane Garr; Whanau Trophy: Kiwi.