At a glance
- Morning Drop Off
- Te Reo and Tikanga Maori in 2021
- Update on our shade structure
- Meet the Teacher
- The Resilience Project
- Music News
- PTA News
- Community notices
Welcome everyone to a new school year. After the disruptions of 2020, it feels good to write, and say, 2021. We had lots of smiling faces yesterday as we welcomed back our tamariki. There were a few tears which is to be expected, but our anxious students were settled by 9.30.
Thank you to those parents I encountered yesterday on gate duty who expressed their good wishes to me in my new position. Filling Bruce’s immense shoes this year is a challenge I am looking forward to meeting. If you are unsure who I am, look for a white cricket hat twinned with an orange high visibility vest and usually a winning smile.
Progress on our new shade structure outside Rooms 1-4 has continued apace. The deadline of finishing before school started in 2021 was missed due to delivery delays. However we should have final concreting, canopy fixing and fences down next week. (Fingers crossed) Ultimately, a huge increase in our shaded and weatherproof area will be worth the current disruption.
As Term 1 continues, we will be making progress in implementing our Mairangi Bay Way plan. This is a behaviour philosophy that has its roots in Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L). This is a well established initiative used in hundreds of New Zealand schools – the Mairangi Bay Way is this initiative made school-specific to us. Our values of Respect, Kindness and Resilience are woven throughout our behaviour management. Look out for your child using these words when they come home.
We are also planning to make more use of Hero – our replacement for eTAP. This new app will enable you to see more up to date learning information about your child. If you have not yet downloaded past reports or saved them electronically, you have until the end of Term 1 to do so. Donation receipts from previous years will not be available once eTAP is discontinued. I would also encourage you to get the Hero app in either the App Store or via Google Play.
Finally, we look forward to forging positive relationships with you in 2021 in the spirit of whanaungatanga to ensure your child is happy, resilient and successful.
Peter Stoner, Principal
Kia hikaka, kia maia, kia pono te ngakau.
Morning Drop Off
Before 8.30am is a crucial time for teachers as they get ready for a full programme of learning each day so we ask students to make their way to two different places. The drop off zone outside the library or the area in front of the office. Skids is also an alternative if you need to drop off before 8.15. Parents are welcome to bring students into classes (especially at the start of the year) but not before 8.30am.
Te Reo and Tikanga Maori in 2021 A quick heads up on our commitment for 2021. Te Reo and Tikanga Maori in 2021 ( 1 min video)
Update on our shade structure
The progress of our new shade structure outside Rooms 1-4 has been progressing as you may have seen on our Meet the Teacher day last week. Completion deadlines have changed as the team working on the structure have problem solved their way through to near completion. Fencing will remain in place for health and safety reasons until the project is complete and certified by Auckland Council. Current projections are for the fences to be down in Week 2. This structure will greatly increase our shaded surface area and contribute to keeping our tamariki safe in the hotter months.
New Full School Assembly Time
Teachers have been discussing the logistics around our assemblies. We have made the decision to hold whole school assemblies (parents are welcome to attend) starting at 2.15pm on every second Friday. We will evaluate how this change and other minors changes work and keep our community informed if anything changes. Whole school assemblies are Week 3,5,7,9 and 10.
Meet the Teacher
Thank you to the many parents who were able to come along last Thursday to our Meet the Teacher day. This is the second time we have hosted this event prior to school starting. Feedback from teachers was very positive as meeting before school starts means a more relaxed get together for teachers, students and parents.
The Resilience Project
Mairangi Bay School will be a part of the Resilience Project in 2021. This is a well being initiative for school age children that originated in Australia. The Tania Dalton Foundation in New Zealand has partnered with The Resilience Project to bring this resource to our schools. I will be sharing videos relevant for parents through the course of Term 1. The key concepts that underpin The Resilience Project are gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. So if your child comes home talking to you about these ideas, make sure you have done your TRP (The Resilience Project) homework!
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