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This week’s message from the Principal:

Kia ora Parents, Caregivers, Whānau and Friends of our School,

Well, here we are at the end of another term and it has been a challenging term for our community with the untimely death of our former principal, Sharon Booth.  It has made me reflect on our school as a supportive community who came together to support each other with the loss of Sharon.  I still can’t really believe that she is no longer with us and that her expertise, drive and passion for education is no longer available to tap into.

There have still been lots of positives to celebrate over the term with successes for our chess team, swimmers and our Year 3 and 4 Rippa team and a strong showing at the annual ODT spelling quiz.  Class inquiries have engaged students in learning about insects and mini beasts, human and animal interactions and transport along with focuses on ANZACs and Matariki to round out the learning for the term.

It was great to see lots of whānau and friends of our school visiting classrooms to share in the children’s learning today.  Our children love having the opportunity to show what they have been doing.

Mid-year student progress reports will come home with children on Friday.  Please look out for them in school bags.  These reports provide a snapshot of progress and achievement so far this year.  Reports include next learning steps for children.

Teachers are busy planning interesting and engaging programmes for next term and eight of our teachers are attending a New Pedagogies for Deep Learning conference in Christchurch in the second week to extend their own learning.

Kia pai to wiki, Naku noa atu,

Anna Harrison, Principal

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Kapa haka group performing at the Kāhui Ako Matariki night