The Gala was a huge success! It was superbly organised by Gaylene Fon, Shelley Cunningham and Amanda Dick who were brilliantly supported by a dedicated group of parents. They in turn were supported by many parents and teachers who pitched in to make it such a success. Our fantastic principal sponsor Nick Lyus, Barfoot’s agent, and many other sponsors (see below) made great contributions towards the day.
What I loved about this year’s Gala, was the relaxed atmosphere. Each Gala has its own ‘flavour’ and this year it seemed very calm and ‘chilled’. This feeling was shared by many people over and over during the day. The children I spoke to enjoyed every minute of the day, full as they were, of candy floss, sweets and cupcakes! There was so much to watch and listen to that people stayed, just enjoying a lovely day with their family.
Of course, as well as being a family event, we did want to raise money. I am so thrilled that the PTS raised $68,000 from the day. A remarkable amount considering it was a Gala organised in just 9 weeks, which included the long summer holiday.
Huge thanks to all who contributed with either their time or their money. We really do have a wonderful community.
Well the term is nearly over and there are many tired children needing to have a couple of week’s downtime. Parents need a break from the school routine and teachers need time to draw breath before they embark on next term’s programme.
It has been a busy term with highlights being the Gala, the year 6 camp, family fun night, the various sports events including the swimming sports, trips and excursions, Eat My Lunch initiative and parent interviews. The teachers have also undertaken professional development in technology ahead of next term’s technology topics. Look out for your children’s excitement and enthusiasm for the technology inquiry topics. I know that teachers are planning to share the learning with parents so look out for your invitation.
Just a reminder that I am on sabbatical next term and Jane Cameron will be acting principal. I will be coming to the property meetings with the Ministry and I will also come along to participate in the intense 5 hour first aid training that all the teachers are doing later in the term. Very advanced notice that school will finish at 2pm on 15th June so that teachers can do this course. You will receive a number of reminders during the term.
For those of you taking a break with your children, enjoy the holiday. For the rest of you, enjoy the break from school routine as well as fewer cars on the road!
Parent – teacher Interviews
Thanks so much to all of you who came along to parent interviews on Tuesday and Wednesday. The home school partnership is a very important one and teachers learn a lot about the children from their conversations with you. You also get an idea of how they are achieving / behaving at school.
Lost Property/Named Uniform
There are a lot of unclaimed fleeces in lost property which can’t be returned to children because they aren’t named. Please use the holidays to check that each piece of your child’s uniform is named. Please remember that socks and tights need to be black, white or navy.
Mums in Prayer
A warm thank you to our lovely Mums in Prayer for acknowledging the staff’s hard work through providing morning tea and offering kind words. We all really appreciate your generosity.
A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
I often remind parents about appropriate parking around the school. Well, this is why! Someone picking up a child from VAS parked his/her car on Victoria Ave on Monday after school. Look closely, no driver or passenger in the car. Parked across a driveway, almost in the middle of the road. Words fail me!