School Newsletter


Term 1, Week 3, 2016

It is exciting to have construction underway for what will become our newest learning space - Te Kete Pounamu (TKP). While the classes are in ‘temporary’ spaces at the moment, they can still enjoy watching the progress of the build from behind the fences!
We are offering a fourth ‘open session’ on the 21st March (from 11.30 -12.30) to allow parents/caregivers the opportunity to see the existing ‘kete’ in operation and to ask the learners what they think about learning in a flexible learning space as opposed to the traditional single classroom. The physical open space makes learning collaboratively much easier, however teachers right across the school are working more closely with their colleagues to plan/implement and monitor programmes for the learners in their area of the school, not just their whanau class. 

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Term 1, Week 2, 2016

We have already completed two weeks of the new term - how time flies when you are having fun!

As a staff we are committed to making the home/school partnership as strong as possible to enhance outcomes for our learners. We hope that you find us this way too! Feel free to email to make a time to chat with your child’s teacher (or team leader) at any time that you would like clarification or better understanding of anything that you see/hear or want to know more about. 

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Term 1, Week 1, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 school year. A very special welcome to our new staff and students, who have all made fantastic starts at our school. There are loads of exciting programmes and activities planned for the term!

POOL PARTY - Next Thursday evening (11th Feb) from 5 - 6.30 pm we invite everyone to come back to school for an informal event that gives parents/staff and whanau the opportunity to mingle and chat. Bring the family, the PTA will be selling sausages, nachos and juicies for an easy meal option. The pool will be open for anyone wanting a swim and we will have some sports equipment out, so join the fun. 

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Week 9, Term 4

Today is Mr Sloan’s last day with us - in fact he flies out of New Zealand on Sunday! We sincerely thank Sam for his input into our school and wish he, Kerri and Charles all the very best adventures in Zambia.

We also farewell Ms Treder and Ms Geary at the end of this year. Both Annette and Kirsty have completed their fixed term contracts with us. Thank you to you both and best wishes for the future.

Staffing updates: Ben McCarthy has applied for an additional 2 terms of sick leave to allow him to complete his treatment. Mrs Michelle Mikkelsen has accepted Ben’s position for the first half of next year - Michelle is an experienced teacher who has done a considerable amount of relieving for us this year in the flexible learning spaces, so she will be a real asset in TKM!

It also gives me great pleasure to be able to let you know that Mrs Carlee Hodge has been appointed as the Co-Leader of the Ruahine Team. Carlee will lead in TKA - the Y4/5 kete. She is an experienced team leader at levels right across the school, however is currently leading a Y7/8 team at North Street School (Feilding). The children who are going to be in TKA next year will get to meet Mrs Hodge next week. 

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Week 8, Term 4

Please make sure that you have Thursday evening (10th Dec) clearly marked on your ‘must attend’ list for next week. Our Christmas carnival and Prize -giving (followed by the Year 6 graduation celebration) is shaping up to be an evening not to be missed. The PTA has organised a variety of yummy foods to be on sale, there will be ‘live’ entertainment (from our talented children and school choir) and both class and Year 6 awards will be presented.

This ‘free to air’ outdoor event was very successful last year and we expect the same in 2015.

Come to school from 5pm, bring your picnic blanket or deck chairs and cash for dinner (or BYO picnic), and enjoy the festive atmosphere while deciding what style of food you fancy. We are holding the event on the concrete area between TKA and the hall this year, using the steps on the ‘island’ as our stage.

In the unlikely (we hope) event of the weather being totally unsuitable for this to be outdoors, we have pencilled in a booking at St Albans church (as we simply won’t have enough room in our hall). 

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