Bullying-Free New Zealand Week ends tomorrow with the Mental Health Foundation’s Pink Shirt Day. The theme this year is ‘Let’s talk about it’. There has been lots happening in classrooms as children and teachers focus on what bullying is and why it is unacceptable. Here is a taste of what children have been learning:
Recipe for Kindness Ideas
500 mls of kindness chocolate
200 cups of laughter jellybeans
300 tbsp of honesty cherrys
600 ltrs of respect glitter
99 gms of manners marshmallow
800 cups of fun candy
400 ltrs of friendship bread
100 tsp of smile flour
1. Get your laughter jellybeans and your kindness chocolate and honesty cherries
2. Pour your respect glitter in with your fun candy
3. Get your manners marshmallow and your friendship bread
4. Tip your smile flour and fun candy
5. Mix all together and you have a pair of friends
6. Don’t forget to pour it all into your heart.
Lottie Larkin, Year 4 Room 18
There is a lovely animated story called Oat the Goat which is interactive and spreads the message that bullying is not kind and is not OK. The children in year 2, room 8, have written about Oat the Goat. https://bullyingfree.nz/parents-and-whanau/oat-the-goat/
I think the goat should stand up to the sheep. First of all that is what a good friend would do. Secondly, if he joins Amos they will be a bigger team together. This will help the sheep go away. Thirdly, it is important to show kindness. When I show kindness it makes me feel good about myself.
I think Oat the Goat should stand up and ask if Amos is OK. First of all when you ever see a person bully another, always say stop it, that’s not very nice and teach them that kindness always wins in the end. Secondly, after that ask the person if they’re OK.
I think Oat the Goat should stand up to the sheep. First of all, when you help other people it makes you feel good.
Pink Shirt day is an opportunity for people to visibly share the message that bullying is not acceptable. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t have anything pink to wear. It can be pink hair, pink bows, pink ribbons tied around their wrist. If they would prefer to wear their uniform, that’s fine. It’s about the message not the attire.
We have started the swimming initiative this week with junior children being bused to the Newmarket pool four days in a row for their lessons with Hilton Brown instructors. For many of the younger children, the bus trip is as exciting as the swimming!
Year 5 Camp
The year 5 children are at camp in Long Bay this week. There were many excited children and a few nervous parents yesterday morning. The MERC camp at Long Bay is a great place for children to be challenged and for them to try new activities. They also learn about beach conditions and safety at ocean beaches.
Those of you who have looked at our calendar will see that we have the GetWise programme coming up later in the term. GetWise is an ASB financial literacy initiative and the content is mapped against the NZ curriculum. ASB GetWise is a programme to assist NZ primary and intermediate schools to deliver financial concepts to their students in an impactful, engaging and memorable way. Check out the GetWise website for more information. http://www.getwise.co.nz/home/about-getwise/
Thank you to everyone who supplies baking for the bakesale. Just to let you know, last year the PTS raised $7,844 from the bake sale. We had put aside funds to purchase more Chromebooks at the beginning of the year, but with the added bonus of the bake sale funds we were able to purchase an additional 15 chromebooks and storage cabinet. Teachers in the senior syndicate were very excited as this meant they could start the year with 1:2 ratio, ie one Chromebook between 2 children.