This is the column I wrote in week 6 last year and it is worth repeating this year.
It’s the time of year when we are all thinking ahead to the new year. There are two topics I want to touch on this week.
The first is about the way councillors and house captains are chosen. The following home is a letter that will be sent to all parents of Year 5 children tomorrow.
It is important that children and parents understand the democratic process of nominating and voting for these positions. The process is as follows:
Year 5 children are given a list of all Year 5 students. They are asked to circle one girl and one boy whom they would like to be a councillor. This process is not public, children do it privately in class. Teachers and senior managers are also given the list of names and they also nominate one boy and one girl. Jane Cameron tallies the results and the six girls and six boys with the highest number of votes become councillors.
The same process is followed for house captains, except that lists of Year 5 students in each house are given to all the children in Year 5 in that house. The votes are then tallied as above.
It is important that children and parents understand that no member of staff can influence the results or has the power of veto. The process is fair and transparent.
The second topic is about parent’s anxieties as to how their child will cope next year and more importantly, who their teacher will be.
It is the time of the year when parents can become a little anxious about how their child is going to cope next year. Have they learnt enough to be able to move seamlessly into the next year level? Are they socially ready or mature enough for being in a higher year level? Will next year’s teacher understand them? Are they ready to move on?
We know that every child has areas of strength as well as areas of weakness. If ‘being ready’ for something meant that every child had to be strong in every aspect, then many of us would never have moved forward. As they move forward children mature to a point where suddenly they gain understanding. The supports the child has been getting and will continue to get will help them learn and grow. A new teacher may be the one to unlock the learning.
Parents can be anxious about who the new teacher is likely to be. Remember that children want to like their teacher whoever they are. Teachers want all of their children to have the best possible year. None of us can confidently predict whether a particular child is going to hit it off with their new teacher, because these are new relationships that are being forged. What we do, is think very carefully about every child and together decide on which teacher we believe we should place them with.
We have found that children are less worried about who their teacher is, but can be more anxious about whether they will be in a class with their friend or whether they are going to be in a class with someone they really don’t get on with. We ask the children to nominate three friends and we guarantee that they will all be in a class with at least one of their friends.
A reminder that councillors will be announced at assembly on 4 December and class placements sent home on 11 December.
Prize Giving ~ 15 December
Prize giving is to be held on 15 December here at school this year as Baradene’s auditorium is closed for maintenance.
- 9.00am to 10.00am Years 4 – 6. This year we are combining this senior prize giving with the Leavers’ assembly.
- 2.00pm to 3.00pm Years 0 – 3
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2015
Term 4: Mon 12 Oct to 16 Dec ’15
Term Dates for 2016
Term 1: Wednesday 3 Feb to Friday 15 April ’16
~ Waitangi Day Mon 8 Feb and Easter Holiday Friday 25 March – Tuesday 29 March’16 (During school term)
Term 2: Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July ’16
~ Anzac Day Mon 25 April and Queen’s Birthday Monday 6 June ’16
Term 3: Monday 25 July to Friday 23 Sept ’16
Term 4: Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December ’16
~ Labour Day Mon 24 October ’16
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic
OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
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Lunch Orders for 2015
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3. Sushi on Thursdays
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School Dental Service
8b Ngaio St Orakei Ph5200603.
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!
Here is a link from NZ Health for info and treatment.
Reminder school Banking is on every Wednesday
To join go to the ASB display/banking box in the foyer.
Lost ~ Micro Sprite pink scooter
WEETBIX KIDS TRYATHLON
Attached is the flyer for the Weetbix Kids TRYathlon held at St Heliers on Sunday 21st February 2016. Grab a friend to enter as a team or enter individually using the link below
To receive a discount on the registration fee please use the link and our school code VICT0715 when you enter.
We will have a gazebo set up on the day for all VAS students to use over the course of the day.
Any queries please contact our parent coordinator Mark Haydon
AMI Auckland Netball Holiday Programmes
Multi-Activity Programme | Boys & Girls | Ages 5-13 years
Our popular Multi Activity programme is held in our superb indoor /outdoor venue and is suitable for boys and girls. Spend the days leading up to Christmas immersed in crafts, science, sports, baking, and fun filled activities and games.
Where: AMI Auckland Netball, St Johns
Dates: Thurs 17 Dec – Wed 23 Dec 2015
Multi-Activity, All Sorts of Sports, Netball, Cheerleading and Kokkino Kids Cooking | Boys & Girls | Ages 5-13 years
Come join us this January at AMI Auckland Netball. We are offering a wide variety of programmes where children can learn new skills, make new friends and have lots of fun!
Where: AMI Auckland Netball, St Johns and Windmill Rd, Mt Eden
Dates: Mon 11 Jan – Fri 29 Jan 2016
REGISTER ONLINE or find out programme details on our website:
OR CONTACT: Serena Somlyai T 09 280 4129 E [email protected]
Entries Open Now for Tennis Auckland Xmas Junior Tournament
19th – 23rd December 2015
Age groups 8/u, 10/u, 12/u, 14/u, 16/u, 18/u.
This tournament is a tier 2 regional tournament – part of the TNZ Tournament Calendar
+64 9 521 7630
PUPILS OF THE WEEK
Poppy Loutit and Jojo Wu
- Room 2: Harry King
Room 3: Rowan Somervell
Room 4: Tyler Gleye
Room 5: Koki Chan
Room 8: Jaxon Molloy
Room 9: Alex Ford
Room 11: George Boyden
Room 11: Harrison Wong
Room 13: Felix Hardie-Lyne
- Room 14: Harriet Richards
Room 15: Tia Williams
Room 16: Luke Eades
Room 16: Allison Sun
Room17: Ly Vu
Room 19: Olivia Judd
Room 19: Mark Galloway
Room 21: Ricky Xu
Room 22: Marco Horton
Room 22: Hamish Ngan
Room 23: Sebastian McIvor
Room 23: Savanna Wood
Room 23: Sebastian Lynch
Lions Junior Citizen Award of Merit
Congratulations to Jamila Cheung and Yonghua Zhu who were presented with the Lions Junior Citizen Award of Merit for 2015.These awards are to recognise those students from within the primary and intermediate schools of our area who best encompass the ideals and concepts of the Junior Citizenship Code:
Honest in word and deed
Friendly and helpful towards other people
Generous with their time and talents
Courteous and well mannered
Respectful towards senior citizens
Willing to accept responsibility
Sympathetic towards those in distress
Careful with their criticism
Liberal with their praise
Determined to build up, preserve not destroy
Loyal to their city, community and country
Prepared to accept criticism of themselves and be willing to improve
Be a Homestay Family – A wonderful opportunity for your family!
Baradene College is looking for a number of lovely homestay families for students we have joining us in 2016. The girls are coming from Thailand, Japan, South Korea and China and range from Year 8 through to Year 12.
We offer a remuneration of $280 per week plus the chance for your family to get to know a young girl from another culture and showcase our NZ lifestyle which is priceless!
Please contact Mrs Di Storer, our International Homestay Co-Ordinator, at [email protected] or phone: 524 6109 extn 864 to find out more.
Sponsorship – Supporting these companies will help us!
Situations Vacant for 2016 ~ Bizzy Bodz AFTER SCHOOL CARE ASSISTANTS
Bizzy Bodz Ltd is seeking dynamic people for our programme based at Victoria
Some experience with children an advantage.
Hours 2 45pm – 6pm weekdays.
Ideal opportunity for university student.
Key Duties Include:
- Inspiring & motivating our wonderful kids!
- Assisting with afternoon tea, helping with homework.
- Facilitating sports, games, arts & crafts.
If this sounds like you please contact: Monique Patient on 021 837 834