Monday 14 September
School Reports will be sent home to inform interviews 16-17 September
Wednesday 16 September
Thursday 17 September
Tuesday 22 September
Mufti day for Malawi – Gold coin donation
New Parent Information meeting – 9 am in our staffroom
Wednesday 23 September
Board of Trustees meeting 7.30pm
Friday 25 September
Last day of term 3 – School closes at 3 pm
Monday 12 October
First day of term 4 – School opens at 8:30 am
At a glance
- Welcome to our new students and their families
- Parent-Teacher Interviews – What to expect
- Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
- Walking School Bus meeting – Wednesday 23 September
- COVID-19 – Link to the government’s parent website
- Mufti Day for Malawi – Tuesday 22nd September
- PTA News – Yummy Stickers, Calendar Art and Second-hand Uniform shop
- Community Notices
Kia ora tatou
We welcome Maori Language week as an opportunity to celebrate the unique and important part te ao Māori has in school life. We are working to strengthen our treaty centric practices to make it clear to all that we are a Kiwi school. The whakatauki on our mural by the flagpole is evidence of this. The mural has quotes from famous New Zealanders. We have taught te reo Māori for a number of years and continue to improve the implementation of Wai Ako, a programme that provides resources for teachers. The Māori language classes for adults started this year. Feedback from parents with iwi affiliations has prompted us to revisit our values to better reflect manaakitanga. We now look for ways to foster respect- whakaute, kindness- atawhai and resilience-manawanui. Our senior leaders have started a ‘white spaces’ audit, a review process that looks at every aspect of our practice.
Poipoia te kakano kia puawai. -Nurture the seed and it will blossom. At this time of uncertainty we understand how important it is for school to be a caring and safe place. We have to address wellbeing as a priority. When you talk with your child’s teacher this week please understand that we are working with you to build the resilience in our children. The learning over lockdown is likely to be more about resilience than academic progress. It may be some time until we better understand what has been learned during this period.
So many national and local events have been cancelled. The Mairangi Bay Business Association’s Santa Parade is one of the most recent. International Day was cancelled. We need to get back to Level 1 to enable us to plan school with any confidence. We will communicate as soon as we can about future events after we have had time to review the government’s latest Covid announcement that Level 2.5 is with us for at least another week.
Bruce Warren, Tumuaki
Kia hikaka, kia maia, kia pono te ngakau.
Welcome to our new students and their families
Oliver Nastevski and Yufei Liu
Parent-Teacher Interviews Wednesday & Thursday
This week sees the long-awaited 2020 parent/teacher interviews. This is the 3rd part of the mid year reporting to parents process. Part 1 was Student Led Conference, Part 2 is the Mid Year Report. These interviews are a chance for teachers to add detail to the reports that go live today.
- Children in Year 5 and 6 are welcome to come to the interviews as it is an important chance for them to be a part of conversations about their learning.
- Parents of students in Years 0-4 are encouraged to attend unaccompanied if possible.
As we are still in Covid Level 2 with extra restrictions, we will ask that you sanitise your hands before entering the classroom, if you could wear a mask if possible and understand that seating arrangements will be more distanced than in past years. We look forward to seeing you all later this week.
The reports for Year 3-6 students are available today on your @school app and Year 0-2 children will bring their reports home with the tracking books.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
Māori Language week is this week. This year’s theme is ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ meaning ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’. On 14 September 1972, 30 thousand signatures were presented to Parliament, asking for te reo Māori to be taught in schools. In recognition of this significant milestone, today at 12pm, the country will be celebrating Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori | The Māori Language Moment with the goal of having 1 million people speaking, singing and celebrating te reo Māori at the same time! Our school is on board. You might ask your child what their class did at midday. The whole school was reverberating with groups singing waiata. The year 5-6 students got together outside. This is an 11 second video.
Walking School Bus meeting
As we had to cancel the last parent meeting because of lockdown, we will be holding a meeting on Wednesday 23 September at 9 am in our school staff room, for any parents interested in joining a walking school bus.
If you would like more information but can’t attend, please contact Helena at email@example.com.
The government’s parent website has information about COVID-19 alert levels for parents and whānau. It will be regularly updated as new information becomes available. It is recommended to check out this website on a regular basis.
Mufti Day for Malawi – Tuesday 22nd September
Thousands of Kiwis joined the fight against hunger and injustice in Malawi through the World Vision 40 Hour Famine. However, due to COVID, we were unable to participate in this year’s fundraiser. SO a mufti day is being held to help raise life-changing money for the families and children of Malawi affected by climate change.
The colours of the Malawi flag are black, red and green so we are encouraging the children to wear those colours for mufti day.
Please bring along a gold coin donation to support this cause.
For all PTA related enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last chance to get your yummy stickers in this year. Any you have collected can be dropped off in the PTA box at the school office.
Dates for viewing your child’s calendar art will be advised once all the art has been collected.
Second-hand uniform shop
A reminder that the second-hand uniform shop is unable to open during level 2. If you have any urgent uniform needs please drop us an email and we will see what we can arrange. Please note this is run by volunteers, if you are able to volunteer some time please email us at email@example.com.
Notices are put in this section as a service to our community. The school does not necessarily endorse these community advertisements and you are advised to check for yourself, the reliability of providers, events, camps, and courses.
Skids Holiday Programme