The school year is now well underway. Classroom teachers are getting to know their children and are establishing the class culture. Children are getting to know new people and are starting to make new friends. They are also getting to know their teacher.
Week 3 of the year is a time when children, who have been almost perfect up until now, start to test their new teacher’s boundaries. We teachers know this and expect it to happen. This means that teachers are needing to be professionally and quietly assertive with their expectations.
Week 3 is also a time when some children are going through a small grieving process for their last class and their last teacher. They had finished the year with a close relationship with their teacher. They were part of a strong class culture and they knew their previous teacher’s expectations. They have been thrown into a new situation with new classmates and a new teacher and are having to make sense of it and figure out their place in this new environment.
Some children are going through a bit of a phase where they are reluctant to come to school in the morning. Some children are telling parents they don’t have any friends. As parents, we always want our children to be happy to come to school and have friends, so having a moping child can be a little upsetting.
Don’t despair! This is all completely normal. Cast your mind back to the last time you started a new job. Be honest, a couple of weeks into the new job you went through a period of self-doubt. Oh, did I make the right decision? I should have stayed where I was. I miss my old workmates and the easy camaraderie we had. Then two months later, you are loving your new job, the new challenge and stimulation and you find yourself saying that it was the best decision ever!
Your child will work through this and in a week or so they will be back to their happy selves and will have made new friends. However, if you are worried at all, please have a chat to your child’s teacher, or come and have a chat with Jane Cameron, Anne Bridgman or me, we are always happy to help.
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2020
Term 1: Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 9 April 2020
~ Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February ’20
~ Good Friday 10 April
~ Easter Monday 13 April
~ Easter Tuesday 14 April
~ ANZAC Day Monday 27 April
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July 2020
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June ’20
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 Sept 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December 2020
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October ’20
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– half way up dragon drive
OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
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1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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School Dental Service
8b Ngaio St Orakei Ph 520 0603.
The dental team will be posting letters to all new entrants to our school as required.
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NIT NIGHT TONIGHT!!
PLEASE, PLEASE CHECK FOR NITS – a number of classes have reported nits and if your infected child is not treated then many others will be!
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Shore Road Walking School Bus
We are looking for new recruits for the Shore Road Walking School bus. We meet at the corner of Shore Road and Hapua Street at 8:10am every morning and walk to school. It’s lots of fun and a great way to make new friends.
If you would like to join us please contact Rhiannon Davies 021 483869 or email me on [email protected]
This group is open for year 2-6 children.
All children require their own ukulele.
If your child is keen to be involved please ask them to see Miss Laxon, or email her at [email protected], with the child’s full name and room number. Practices will be on Monday lunchtimes commencing week 5 from 12.30-1.00pm (lunch is eaten afterwards).
Year 5 & 6 Swimming Sports
Monday 2 March 2020
Diocesan School Aquatic Centre
Entries are now closed for the swimming sports. If you have any queries please contact Anne Bridgman [email protected].
Rhythmix Gymnastics Open Day! Come along and have a go!
Xtreme Rhythmix is offering a “Have a Go Day” for beginners in rhythmic gymnastics at Marist College (Mt Albert) on Tuesday 25th February from 5:00-6:00pm. Come along and learn fun skills with ropes, hoops, balls, clubs and ribbons. See if rhythmic gymnastics is the sport for you!
Beginner classes are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays at Marist College plus a range of classes are available at our other facilities (Eventfinda Stadium, Albany, Glamorgan School and Glenfield College). Email [email protected] for more information or just turn up on the 25th of February and join in the fun!
The Champions programme will be running on Thursday lunchtimes from next week, 5th March, until week 9, in room 2. Champions is a fun, engaging 30 minute lesson delivered by a trained presenter which allows students to learn about positive Christian values and beliefs. The Christian Religious Education programme weaves together Bible stories with values set out in the New Zealand Curriculum. The Bible stories are used to illustrate and teach different values such as loving your neighbour, personal worth, courage, inclusion and forgiveness. All children are welcome to attend on a casual basis.