Hi and welcome back to another exciting term at our school. In this newsletter I would like to discuss a passion of mine and that is – reading.
I was reading recently an article on the importance of students reading at home from the ‘New Zealand National Library’ website and came across the table below. For me it really highlights that the more children read the greater number of words they will be exposed to. This then potentially means the vocabulary of the child who reads between 21 – 65 minutes will be far greater than a child who reads 6 – 15 minutes. Consequently the flow on effect is that increased reading will also impact on the ability of the child to write using a rich and well developed vocabulary.
|Minutes per day||Words read per year|
I love this definition of independent reading: “Reading we do of our own free will, anticipating the satisfaction we will get from the act of reading” ( National Library Trust, UK).
There is strong evidence linking reading for pleasure/ independent reading and educational outcomes. We know that academic attainment is of vital importance, but the benefits of reading for pleasure go beyond this and stretch throughout a person’s life.
The research finds that reading for pleasure can result in increased empathy, improved relationships with others, reductions in the symptoms of depression, and improved wellbeing. The relationship between reading for pleasure and wellbeing is particularly interesting, with evidence showing a correlation between reading for pleasure regularly and lower levels of stress and depression.
In addition to the health benefits, reading for pleasure has social benefits and can improve our sense of connectedness to the wider community. Reading increases our understanding of our own identity, improves empathy and gives us an insight into the world- view of others.
So we have no excuse for not reading and encouraging reading for pleasure with our children. So turn off those distractors in your home, such as television & digital devices and get reading!!!
Uniform Shop Manager
We are looking for a Part-Time Uniform Shop Manager to replace Jenny Hayward
The role involves the following:
- physical shop sales / filling online shop orders
- new entrant appointments
- inventory purchasing and control
- online shop maintenance
- control of sports uniforms, including issuing and returns
Ideally the candidate will have some experience in using small business accounting software, including inventory. They will need to have reasonable computer skills and be able to work autonomously. Working hours have some flexibility.
To apply, please contact Joanne at [email protected].
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
Term 3: Monday 24 July to Friday 29 Sept 2017
Term 4: Monday 16 October to Friday 15 December 2017
~ Labour Day Mon 23 October ’17
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
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Class starts Friday the 12th May, at 3.15pm in the school hall.
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more in a term than I did in a year at my last club” Charlotte
The cost for the 8 week term is only $95.