From the Principal's Desk

4 March   Next week

It’s mid-term and the pace around the school is certainly picking up.  Next week our emerging leaders are off to Whangateau for a 3-day camp.  Having seen the activities sheet, I am certain it is going to be tons of learning fun!

The regular testing will be into its second week.  Information from these tests inform the teacher as to what learning gaps your child has and the scaffolding that needs to be put in place as we build knowledge.  Please ensure that your child is at school everyday and is ready to engage.

Yesterday the Board met and held the first meeting of 2024.  DJ Temu will continue to lead as chairperson and Rangi Messine will be the deputy chairperson for 2024. The Board confirmed the Annual Learning Plan / Strategic Plan for the year which also contains the academic goals we will be working towards achieving along with you and your children.  A copy of the goals and the plan can be read on our school website  Our school website is full of useful information and links so do take the time to visit our website and make contact as needed.

Our Writing Celebration display celebrates the work of Jonathan (R8) and Grace (R7)

Tuesday last week was a disappointment, as no-one took up the offer to come in for a chat and a drink/nibble at the Drop-In Cafe.  I’ll let you know the topic for the next Drop-In Cafe planned for Term2.

As you are aware, there is a ruling coming into schools as from the start of Term 2 2024 that cellphones / personal digital devices (excluding devices for learning) are no longer permitted at school. We thank you for your support to apply this ruling.

Reminder Dates:

5-7 March - The school leaders camp at Whangateau.

8 March - Run #1 for year 7 & 8 students Mission Bay Stone Cafe to St Heliers beach - parents are welcome to come and watch

7 and 14 March - Reading Together - sessions 2 & 3

20 March - Inter school cricket - age groups tbc

21 March - Junior classes swimming celebration day

25 March - Staff union meeting - school closes at 1:15pm

Reminder: Every Friday we do the ice block fundraiser - $1 each in aid of the sports camp.

Weekly Attendance Winner!  Fantastic effort Room 8.  They have won our attendance award for the week.  See the attached celebration picture.

With your help we could be the next school to win:

The Big Little Sponsorship is back! Nominate our school for the chance to win one of two $10,000 sports grants. It can be spent on whatever the school needs, like new equipment or coaching sessions. But hurry, nominations close 24 March 2024.  Use this link to complete the form:   AA Insurance 

Have a fabulous weekend

Stay well