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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 9 – 27 June 2019

Dear Parents,

School Closes at 2pm on Wednesday 3 July for Student Led Conferences

Please arrange to collect your children as all the teachers will be tied up with the student led conferences from 2.15pm. If you haven’t yet booked a time for a conference, I urge you to do so. Your children are very keen to share their learning with you. At the conference you will be given a mid year report showing how your child is tracking against expectation in reading, writing and maths.

There has been a lot of research undertaken around the reading on digital devices v reading a paper version. Below is an excerpt from just one website of many which explains the difference between reading on a screen and reading a book:

 Neuroscience, in fact, has revealed that humans use different parts of the brain when reading from a piece of paper or from a screen. So the more you read on screens, the more your mind shifts towards “non-linear” reading — a practice that involves things like skimming a screen or having your eyes dart around a web page. 

“They call it a ‘bi-literate’ brain,” Zoromodi says. “The problem is that many of us have adapted to reading online just too well. And if you don’t use the deep reading part of your brain, you lose the deep reading part of your brain.” So what’s deep reading? It’s the concentrated kind we do when we want to “immerse ourselves in a novel or read a mortgage document,” Zoromodi says. And that uses the kind of long-established linear reading you don’t typically do on a computer. “Dense text that we really want to understand requires deep reading, and on the internet we don’t do that.”

To keep the deep reading part of the brain alive and kicking, Zomorodi says that researchers like Wolf recommend setting aside some time each day to deep read on paper.

And now that children are seemingly growing up with a digital screen in each hand, Wolf says it’s also important that teachers and parents make sure kids are taking some time away from scattered reading. Adults need to ensure that children also practice the deeper, slow reading that we associate with books on paper.

 Your paper brain and your Kindle brain aren’t the same thing;

With the holidays approaching here are books from our library that took my fancy.

A lovely book for very young children who may be feeling anxious about doing something or going somewhere new.

I loved Library Lion because it took me back to the pre digital era of libraries, times when there were catalogues and encyclopaedias. What can I say? I love the smell of books and the tactile nature of libraries! The best thing about the book is that it has a message about rules and when it is ok to break rules.

This is a great story for children who feel like someone has taken their best friend off them and who is teasing them or excluding them.

Matariki is being celebrated at the moment (25 – 28 June) and this is a lovely book which explains what matariki is. The text contains some simple words in Te Reo Maori alongside the English equivalent.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 1 2019
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School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2019

Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April 2019
~ Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February ’19
~ Good Friday 19 April
~ Easter Monday 22 April
~ Easter Tuesday 23 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 2019
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 June ’19
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 Sept 2019
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic

OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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Join ezlunch today  and Place an order

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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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!
Here is a link from NZ Health for info and treatment.

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New Entrant Parents Morning Tea

Thanks again to the following parents, most of whom pitch in time and time again as volunteers at school functions:

Rozy Williamson, Kate Henry, Petra Bebbington, Charlotte Houghton, Margot Kynoch, Kylie Hotham, Anna Nathan, Lucy Clark and Julia Fong.

Plastic Free July

It will soon be July, how quickly the year goes by! July could be a good time to start a new challenge – Plastic free July! This initiative is a great way to monitor your plastic use and perhaps take stock of how much plastic you are using, and look for alternatives. Even if you try it for a day or a week its an interesting experience. Waste free Wednesday could be a good start!

Kids also love to get involved and relish telling you when some plastic escapes your gaze.
There are some great zero waste products available now – keep cups, metal straws, honey wraps, solid shampoo bars, the list is growing all the time.
There are lots of ways to reduce your plastic load, and most are easy!
There are lots of ideas on this website
But here are some easy tips
1. Countdown supermarkets are allowing you to bring your own container. Easy! Just bring your own container to fill up at the deli/ fresh fish etc. Also if you forget  to bring produce bags in the supermarket – use the mushroom paper bags.
2. Try looking for products in glass/metal/cardboard – or cut down your use for plastic wrapped products.
3. Bin Inn has come a long way and has heaps of good zero waste products, and even grind your own nut butters.
4. Try and make your own! Bread/ nut mylks/even bathroom cleaner!
5. Some forward thinking companies are now are using home compostible plastics – Bostock chicken and Proper chips – perhaps seek out these products.
6. . Most importantly, this process can fun and creative. Its exciting learning about new ways of doing things. Starting to make a change can be tricky, but any less plastic helps!

Click here for a Plastic Free July Action Picker.

The bake sale last week raised $486. Thank you to Rooms 9 and 10 for wonderful baking and support.

Student led conferences

Student led conferences are scheduled for the last week of this term and are an opportunity for your child to share their learning with you.

They are set for Wednesday 3 July between 2.15 pm and 7.00 pm and Thursday 4 July between 3.15 pm and 6.00 pm.

Your time(s) are organised online and can be booked by going to the website . Select ‘Make a Booking’ , then enter the school code h7ga4 in the box where indicated and follow the instructions on screen to book your interview times. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the school office and we will organise your conference time for you.

Conference are 15 minutes long. You are asked to be punctual for your appointment so that all following appointments run to time.

Seminar for Chinese Parents

A seminar for Chinese parents will be held in the school hall on Sunday 4th August from 9.30am to 11.30am. The invited speaker is Emily Ping who will present the seminar in Mandarin. She is a mother of two children and has worked at Saint Kentigern College for 14 years. Her older son Andrew Chen, who is recently on the news in the Chinese community, has graduated as an IB perfect scorer, a NZ Premier Scholar, an International Mathematical Olympiad Medallist and a school prefect, and is now serving as a Youth MP.

Emily will cover a variety of topics including the philosophy and features of primary school education in New Zealand, how this differs from that in China; how and why assessment (eg: PAT and easTTle) is conducted, how to interpret the results; how to help children develop a love for reading at home; what mathematical thinking is, why mathematical thinking is important, and how to help children develop mathematical thinking in everyday life; why co-curricular activities are important, especially in developing interpersonal skills; and how to maintain a positive relationship with children as they inevitably grow older.

All Chinese parents are welcomed.

The uniform shop will be closed the last two Fridays of term (28 June and 5 July). Online orders will still be processed – if you want uniform delivered before the holidays please make your order by Monday 1 July.

For the first time in history, the World’s Best Kids Obstacle Course Race is coming to New Zealand!

Thanks to Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Spartan is proud to announce we’re bringing the truly epic Spartan Kids race to Auckland, New Zealand. It’s time to get your kids active, muddy, and Spartan strong. Join us and thousands of other families in Auckland, and let your kids run wild on a Spartan Kids Obstacle Course!

Specially built Kids courses are designed to build resilience and self-confidence. Our goal is to get kids away from the screen and into play time with a Kids course featuring specifically designed Spartan kids’ obstacles, plenty of mud, and a whole load of fun.

Spartan Kids Auckland will provide fun for the entire family. Kids can race as many laps as they want within their allotted time slot, and parents can choose to race on course with their child for free, or cheer them on from the sideline. Kids will also receive all sorts of goodies; like a badass 2019 Spartan Kids’ Medal, a Spartan Kids’ T-shirt, and a Spartan Kids’ headband!

Get the whole family involved, and have a go at the Auckland Urban Sprint on the Friday or Saturday before cheering on the kids on Sunday. You can also register your kids as a team, and save more with our multiple child discounts.

We have entered a team so when you register search for Victoria Avenue Vikings and the password is 282Victoria if prompted. Any issues or questions contact Shelley Cunningham – [email protected]nz

We’ll see you and the kids on the start line in Auckland! Register now here

THANK YOU to Yvonne Robinson who has returned to managing the lost property. There continues to be un-named or hard to decipher names on uniform. Please clearly name uniform with your child’s full name. Lost property is located opposite room 2, you can check for lost items any time.
Yvonne will display all lost property in front of room 9 after school on Tuesday 2 July.

Epipen School Offer from one of our Parents:  $135 including delivery to school – $5 donated to school for each delivery!

As a mum and a pharmacist I understand that epipens can be expensive. I can personally deliver your epipen (which is temperature sensitive) to the school office. This ensures the medication is not exposed to temperature fluctuations within the courier van and saves you time and hassle. We provide the latest expiry dating and we can tell you the current one when contacting us. Deliveries will be done on a weekly basis during school term. Discount available for 2 or more pens. For more information, please contact [email protected]

With more than 15 years of teaching experience, LeeAnna has taught ballet to students from over 15 different countries. She studied classical ballet for the majority of her life in the United States, and has taught at international schools in Switzerland and in Myanmar (Burma).

These After-school Ballet classes will be a fun introduction to formal ballet training. Children will learn ballet terminology, movements, and fundamental positions with an emphasis on improving body awareness and coordination. Ensuring that students receive individual attention within the group setting will be important during classes.

Ballet attire is encouraged: leotard, tights, ballet slippers, and (optional) skirt.
Mostly importantly, students should wear clothing that is flexible and allows for comfortable movement.

Cost: $220 for Term 3

To enrol, please email: [email protected]

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