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Term 3, Week 4 - 2017

I am pleased to be able to let you know that an appointment has been made for our new Deputy Principal. Mr Drew Pioniu will be joining our staff from the beginning of next term. Drew will bring new strengths to our school - he is particularly passionate about the performing arts, Pasifika and Maori culture, and ICT. Drew comes to us from Riverdale School. Prior to this he was the Assistant Principal at Papatoetoe North School in Auckland. Helen Griffin, Drew and I will form the senior leadership team.

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Term 3, Week 3 - 2017

Congratulations to the 12 senior students selected to represent our school at today’s Mathex competition. Edmund, Charlotte, Anisa and Gracie are the Year 5 team. Jason, Mareko, Esther and Emily formed one of the Year 6 teams with Aiden, CJ, Al-Bara and Jenson forming our second Year 6 team. It is always a really challenging competition with the entire region’s ‘best mathematical problem solvers’ competing against one another in a time -pressured environment. 

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Term 3, Week 2 - 2017

Thank you to everyone who made the time to attend one of our goal setting evenings this week. We enjoy having the opportunity to talk with you about your child’s learning and we love seeing the children sharing their learning with you too. One thing we know for sure is that the future employment pathways these children will take will differ from those in the past, and so we are passionate about developing the children’s skills to ‘own’ their learning.
The teachers are willing to discuss your child’s learning with you at any stage in the year - pop in, phone or email to make an appointment. 

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Term 3, Week 1 - 2017

Welcome to Term 3 everyone! I hope everyone managed to ‘make some happy memories’ with your children over the term break.
A special ‘welcome’ to Mrs Tracey Orr who has opened up our final New Entrant class for this year, and also a huge ‘welcome back’ to Reece Hawkins. Mr Hawkins has successfully completed the Science Leadership Teaching Programme and has come back full of enthusiasm to further develop our science programmes here at school.
We also welcomed 8 new students this week - we hope you are all settled and happy in our school in no time at all. 

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Term 2, Week 10 - 2017

By the time you area reading this newsletter book week will be ‘done and dusted’ for 2017. It has been a week full of fun - with a professional story teller, writing workshops (for selected sstudents), celebrity/guest story readers daily in classrooms, bedtime stories with our fabulous guest ‘king and queen’, and of course the famous ‘dress as your favourite book character’, along with the ‘book and bake’ sale day today.
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped out by reading, baking, assisting at the bake sale or bedtime stories, purchasing a book from the Book Fair, coming to watch the parade - we appreciate your support hugely.

The money raised this week has been used to pay for the costs associated with Zebong - the professional storyteller. Thank you to the PTA for supporting our children with this experience! Any opportunity for children to engage positively with litera\cy in general and books in particular, has to be good for them. 

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