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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 6 – 21 November 2019

Dear Parents,

It was great to see so many of you come along to listen and participate with your child as they outlined their learning and achievements this year. I know that for many of you, having your child share their learning rather than you and the teacher chatting about your child’s learning, is a new concept.

When we conducted a survey earlier this year following the mid-year student led conference (or triadic), it was clear that the vast majority of you valued the opportunity to hear your child talk about their learning. There was also feedback that parents would also like the opportunity to speak with the teacher without their child being present.

We have listened to you and next year, we intend continuing with the current reporting to parents cycle but will build in an opportunity for some parent – teacher time.

The reason we now have children leading the conversations about their learning is about student agency. Student agency, or learner agency as it is now called is defined in the NZ Curriculum as: Learner agency is embedded in The New Zealand Curriculum key competencies as “the capabilities that young people need for growing, working, and participating in their communities.”

Agency is defined as: Students have a sense of agency when they feel in control of things that happen around them; when they feel that they can influence events. This is an important sense for learners to develop. They need to be active participants in their learning.

If you think about an adult work context, successful people need to know how to be in control of their work, influence and make decisions, plan for next steps in achieving the collective goal, articulate progress and identify barriers. This is what we are preparing our children to do. ERO define this practice as “Students are given explicit instruction in learning strategies (such as goal setting, self-monitoring and deliberate practice) that enable them to take control of their learning, develop meta-cognitive skills, self-regulate, and develop self-efficacy and agency.” ERO School Evaluation Indicators

We know that most of the children confidently shared their learning and that there were a few who were very nervous but they did it! Learning takes many forms these days, it is not just about reading, writing and maths. Even at this young age they are learning how to be active participants, learning the soft skills, the competencies that will make them successful adults in the work force.

 2020 Classes

Tomorrow is the last day to let us know if there is any information you would like us to take into consideration as we form classes. It may be a request to separate your child from another child. Please note that we do not accept any requests for specific teachers. Please email your thoughts by tomorrow. Unfortunately requests sent in after this date will not be actioned. It is also almost impossible to make any changes once all families have been notified about the class their child will be in for 2020, so please email me early.

Carol Service at the Cathedral 10 December

Thanks to all of you who emailed me suggesting that I nominate a level of koha which would help pay for hire of the cathedral.

It would help us immensely if you made your koha $5 per person. Parents will be standing at the entrance on the night with lovely velvet receptacles and we would appreciate it if you popped your koha in the bags as you go in. I’m sure you want to continue this tradition, so we would really appreciate your cash contribution on the night. Oh dear, commercialism hits all aspects of our lives!

The carol service falls on my daughter’s birthday, and as it is with all of you, family is very important. I will therefore be racing off straight after the carol service to go and celebrate with them. So please don’t misconstrue my fast get away!

Kind regards

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FOR TERM 4 2019
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What’s Ahead?
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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 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1: Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 9 April 2020
~ Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February ’20
~ Good Friday 10 April
~ Easter Monday 13 April
~ Easter Tuesday 14 April
~ ANZAC Day Monday 27 April
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July 2020
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June ’20
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 Sept 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December 2020
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October ’20

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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Celebrated last assembly:

Haana Bean & Minako Purdy

  • Room 1: Hamama Rifhan
  • Room 1: Lucy Graham
  • Room 1: Chloe Levada
  • Room 1: Meg Brew
  • Room 2: Alex Yeoman
  • Room 2: John Gray
  • Room 4: Amera Trusler-Cogan
  • Room 4: Paea Maliepo
  • Room 5: Willow Reid
  • Room 5: Emily Penrose
  • Room 5: Claudia Hughes
  • Room 6: Taruk Rajapaksha
  • Room 6: Charlotte Dalziel
  • Room 7: Josh Underdown
  • Room 8: William Kieu
  • Room 10: Houxing Li
  • Room 14: Sophia Zhang
  • Room 14: Georgia Currey
  • Room 15: Emma Dick
  • Room 16: Elizabeth Sullivan
  • Room 17: Oscar Li
  • Room 17: Brian Zhao
  • Room 18: Nina Lockhart
  • Room 19: Ashwin Deva
  • Room 19: Ryan Zhao
  • Room 20: Noa McCallum
  • Room 20: Isabella Lu
  • Room 21: Chloe Qi
  • Room 22: Andrew Thompson
  • Room 22: James Scott
  • Room 22: Fremont Hu
  • Room 23: Harriet Sandlant
  • Room 23: Elsa Stephen
  • Room 23: Skye Sun
  • Room 23: Nicole Yu
  • Room 24: Sanuk Rajapaksha
  • Room 24: James Turner
  • Room 24: Quer Zhu

Class parents for 2020
Is communication one of your things? Are you a people person? Are you handy with emails?
We are looking for class parents for next year. This is a great way to get to know your child’s teacher and other parents in the class. If you are wanting to be involved this role can be done whether you are working or at home. It can fit around you.
Once you find out  your children(s) classes for next year, please email Kristin at [email protected] with the name(s) of your child(ren), what year they will be in next year, and your contact number. Thanks so much.

Māori & Pasifika achievement parents meeting

On Wednesday 4th December at 2.00pm in the staffroom, we are having a Māori & Pasifika achievement parents meeting. At this meeting Anne Bridgman and Jane Cameron will be sharing the latest curriculum data for reading, writing and mathematics.

Please remind your children to return all their Library books next week for stocktaking.

ezlunch service

Please note that the last ezlunch service day for the year is Friday 13 December.