As the winter term draws to a close, it is timely to reflect on the many exciting things that have happened this term.
Teachers have undertaken significant professional development this term. They have participated in maths professional development around flexible grouping by way of workshops led by their peers as well as in class modelling led by Lucie Cheesman. We have also been upskilling in the new digital technology curriculum and have had great hands on session with an external facilitator Donna Golightly. Another external facilitator, Louise Dempsey has been working with teachers around writing. The senior teachers along with Anne Bridgman, attended the Senior Leadership Conference.
We have been reviewing our reporting to parents system and a team is looking to finalise the new system after getting feedback from parents through the survey. Teachers have also looked closely at the inquiry process and their role in teaching inquiry skills. We have started reviewing our local curriculum and appreciated input from parents who emailed their thoughts to me.
The whole school had two weeks of dance lessons culminating in a concert for parents. As part of their exciting inquiry topic around bridges, years 1 – 4 and year 6 children visited MOTAT. Year 5 children did a big clean up at Wilson’s Beach as part of their topic about plastics. Teams of years 5 and 6 children have also participated in many extra events; years 5, 6 Mathex, ePro8 challenge, Kids Lit quiz, their speech competition, bike safety. We also had teams who participated in skiing, gymnastics and table tennis competitions as well as sports exchanges. We trialled rebranding the cross country as a fun run and we had fewer children calling in ‘sick’ on the day. We had two mufti days; one to support KidsCan and the other to raise money to sponsor Kakapo. ‘Nano Girl’ put on a great display of science experiments for the whole school. We celebrated Maori Language week.
Parents came along to the Keeping Ourselves Safe parent information session led by Constable Gordon Campbell. Of course, we can’t forget the most exciting parent event, the Quiz Night.
So, all in all, not bad for a winter term!
Have a restful holiday, the children certainly need a break. Let them have lots of fun playing, exploring and making things. Get them all ready for an action packed term 4!
Thanks to so many benefactors including Manuka Doctor, our major sponsor, and to the extraordinary skills of the Quiz Night team and the generosity of the people who came along, we made over $30,000 for the school. This will be put to stage 2 of the forest project. Principal for a Day was auctioned off and I spent a lovely day with Principal Jemima Snelling! She loved giving out the certificates at assembly. Her choice for lunch was KFC and the highlight was the Fanta I said she could order! I know that the parent who bid to win a parking space for drop off and pick up in the teachers’ carpark is very thrilled! Thank you to everyone involved in making this such a success.
Forest Project Stage 1
I am very excited because this project starts on Monday and the contractors expect stage 1 to be finished ready for planting by the end of the holidays.
The field is in need of some major maintenance so we have experts coming in during the holidays to undertake this work. By necessity, this work needs to be done during spring. Unfortunately, this does mean that the field will be closed for the holidays and for the first 4 weeks of term.