Hi Parents and Caregivers,
Over the last few weeks our management team have been interviewing candidates for three teaching positions that have become available starting in term 3. I am pleased to announce that we have filled these appointments with experienced and highly competent teachers.
Physical Education teacher (Fixed term position for maternity leave – Rachael Wilcock)
We have appointed Aniel Smith to the role. Aniel is currently teaching PE at St Cuthberts. Aniel is not only an experienced PE teacher he was also a New Zealand Athletic Champion. More recently he represented New Zealand in the World Masters Games in Auckland. Aniel will be starting week 2 of term 3.
New Entrant Position
Kate Chisholm, a very experienced teacher was appointed to the role of New Entrant teacher commencing week 6 term 3. Kate will job share with Melissa Fields. Melissa has just finished a New Entrant fixed term position at King’s School and is also a highly experienced New Entrant teacher.
Mandarin Language Teacher
Our Mandarin teacher, Lijun Guan has resigned from her fixed term position (one and half days) and will be finishing at the end of this term due to personal reasons. As a result Yu Yao (Grace) Rissetto has been appointed to the position. Yu Yao is an experienced and registered Mandarin teacher. She will be teaching Mandarin from Year 2 to Year 5.
Continuing on from the previous few weeks, I would now like to share with you the learning topic which Year 4 has been focusing on this term:
Helping Our Habitat
We have been hearing much in the news about the declining numbers of our New Zealand native birds. Birds are a vital part of our ecosystem. Year 4 children have been learning how birds have different features such as beaks and feet which are adapted to their environments. They have observed birds in the school environment and noticed which birds eat seeds and which drink nectar. We want to encourage more birds to our habitat.
In the last couple of weeks the children have been designing and making their own bird feeders. This has led to some really creative designs, some of which have proved quite challenging to make. We have been hanging some of these around the school and we will keep a check on which birds visit our feeders.
We have begun designing our bird houses and bird baths this week and expect to have a few prototypes assembled by the end of term. Thank you to parents who have generously offered their time to support the children with putting their ideas into a design and building prototypes. We hope to evaluate and select the best designs to develop into some more permanent structures in the school.
Check out our class blogs to keep up-to-date with our progress.