It was great to see so many parents come along to the Meet the Teacher evening on Tuesday. The teachers all enjoyed sharing what happens in the classrooms as well as meeting many of you.
It was great to introduce the new teachers to you. Mrs Gina Lee has taught in Auckland schools and is in room 2, year 6. Tim Botica comes from Orakei School and is in room 22, year 5. Arista Enslin is an experienced teacher who has come to Auckland from South Africa. She is in room 15, year 3. We also welcome Alison Laxon who has returned after having a year’s sabbatical.
Once again, we were very pleased with the results against national curriculum expectations in reading, writing and mathematics.
||Total At, Above, Well Above
A reminder that our values are; we care (about ourselves, our family, our school, our community, our country, the world around us); we are honest (about ourselves, our behaviour, how what we do affects others); we are responsible.
Alongside our values, we include the NZ Curriculum key competencies as well as learning behaviours:
||Learning Behaviours (Soft Skills)
· Using language, symbols and texts
· Managing self
· Relating to others
· Participating and contributing
· Take risks
· Work ethic
· Problem solving
· Openness to new / others’ ideas
Project Based Learning
Our main topics have a different focus this year. We have moved on from inquiry based learning (IBL) to project based learning (PBL). Project based learning or problem based learning is a teaching approach in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, challenge or problem. The main difference is in the outcome of the learning. All projects must be focussed on an outcome or an action – something which offers a solution for the problem or issue. This year, our overarching theme is ecological sustainability and term 1 topics have a science emphasis.
Please note that children are not to walk into school, either by themselves or with a parent/caregiver, down the teachers’ driveway. There is part of the driveway without a footpath and courier vans zoom up and down. I had a near miss with a child last year. Even though he was with his mother, she was distracted on her phone and the boy ran out in front of me. Please remember that the teachers’ carpark is not a drop off or pick up zone, so even if you know the gate code, please don’t drive in for any reason before or after school (unless it is after 4pm and you are collecting your child from after school care).
We have vacated the admin area and relocated the office staff and me to the library because work is due to start on remediating the building. It is suffering from leaky building syndrome, so all the framing is being replaced. We are changing the roof line to do away with internal gutters. We are also extending the staffroom to include the current deck which is not really used. As part of this project we will get a new kitchen and staffroom furniture. There is a hold up at council level, but I am confident the work will start in the next couple of weeks.