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
This week, classes are harvesting some of the vegetables they have grown in the school gardens, preparing food for their classes to sample. In previous years, Ray has worked with all classes to grill and roast vegetables at this time of the year. Plans are underway to extend the harvest season of our gardens in 2015-2016, so that we have more produce available for use.
We are planning alternative programmes next term to give our children an increasing range of curriculum options. On Fridays, classes will given more choice over their learning, with an emphasis on programmes that develop skills in areas other than literacy and numeracy.
Last Sunday, our Kapahaka group, Te Mokopuna ō Kopuwai, performed at the Kapahaka Festival which was held in Alex. Fourteen schools participated in this festival which showcased the Māori Performing Arts being taught in our schools. Our tamariki were amazing! I know all the parents watching shared the pride I had in the children’s performance. We have received many compliments from the wider community praising the skills of our children. Special thanks to Melissa Gerritsen, and our Whānau ō Goldfields for tutoring our children – your contributions are much appreciated. Thanks also to the parents who helped with the recent very successful Whānau ō Goldfields fundraiser, catering at the Northburn Kids Adventure Race in conjunction with the Northburn100.
Congratulations also to the 25 children who completed in the CO Triathlon last Wednesday and gave 100% to their races. A summary of the results is included in the newsletter.
Kia pai to hararei. Have a safe holiday, Sharon.
Congratulations to our 2014 Prizewinners:
Individual Excellence: Anton
Contributions to the Life of the School: Greta
Anderson Family Trophy: Maia
Whānau Group: Pukeko