Entries for November 2016


Term 4, Week 7 2016

What a fabulous morning our athletics sports provided - it was fantastic to have so many parents/caregivers/grandparents out on the field supporting the children. It was also fantastic to see the learners STRIVING to be the very best they could be, and having lots of fun along the way. Senior athletes to represent our school at the interschool event (on the 6th December) will be selected from their performance. 

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Term 4, Week 6 2016

Everyone is busy preparing for next week’s athletic sports. Weather permitting, the first rotations will be underway by 10.30am next Tuesday morning (22nd November) and the sports will be completed by 12.40. The PTA is offering a fundraising sausage sizzle and juicie lunch - parents/supporters are welcome to stay and join us for lunch.
If the weather makes it impossible for the athletics to go ahead, the sausage sizzle lunch will still be held. The athletics sports postponement day is the following day - Wednesday 23rd at the same time. Look out for up to date information on the school app! 

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Term 4, Week 5 2016

We welcomed 2 reviewers from the Education Review Office this week. This was not part of the regular ‘audit’ process that ERO completes 3 yearly in schools. They were here to find out from us what systems we have in place that may be contributing to gains in our achievement data. Their findings will form part of a report/publication that will be distributed to schools when completed. 

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Term 4, Week 4 2016

Welcome back to Mrs Handcock! It is great to have you back Lynne - Mrs Handcock is teaching in Te Kete Manawa alongside Mrs Gifford-Moore and Mr Roper for the remainder of this year.

We are in the early stages of planning for 2017 and due to the number of children in our year groups for next year, we are going to be able to have composite classes right across the school. This has real advantages in us being better able to meet learning and social needs of individuals as we all know that just because you have 75 children who (for example are all 7 years old), it does not mean every one of them gets along together and has the same strengths and needs.

We will have Year 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 4/5, and 5/6 combinations across the school. Wherever it is possible, one of the teachers who have worked with your child this year will either remain with them next year, or move through to the next kete with them. This means there are already relationships established, learning styles known, strengths and needs identified and we can ‘hit the ground running’ with learning.
This also means that we no longer have a need for identified junior or senior teams as each kete serves as its own learning community. 

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