Whaea Hannah and Room 8 welcomed Ruby Matthews and Max Hawkins on Monday. Nau mai haere mai and welcome to our school whānau!
Message from the Principal...
Our dearest Tricia Munro:
It is difficult to find the words to express how thankful we are for your kind words about our dear Tricia and for all of the wonderful things you have done to show that you care. Your cards, texts, emails, letters and phone calls have meant so much to all of us as we have struggled to come to terms with her passing. Thank you to everyone for the beautiful baking and flowers. I keep thinking how much Tricia would love it if she were here to see it and enjoy it all. For many of you it is very personal because Tricia was a friend, confidant and helper. She was an Irish Dance coach and a special fairy godmother to many families. Tricia had been asked to attend the world competition in Ireland this year where she would have been receiving a very special award and acknowledgement. Covid 19 put an end to that and it was on Tricia’s bucket list to pick it up when the opportunity came again. She had plans to go places and to meet people and we all know that she would have made friends where ever she went. Tricia enjoyed life. She loved her husband Wayne, her friends and her family. Knowing Tricia I think that all of us fitted somewhere in that friends category. Tricia made us all feel so special. We are all going to need time to process what has happened and to come to terms with the fact that Tricia will not dance through the door or break out into some ridiculous song again. At this stage we do not know the date of the funeral, and we do not know what Wayne would like. If it is a private funeral we will all respect that and try to hold a little memorial service at school when the time is right.Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with Wayne as he grieves the loss of his beautiful wife and his mother.
Year 5/6 Camp:
We have decided to go ahead with the year 5/6 camp at Hanmer this year. We are really thrilled that the Alert levels have lifted (apart from a little glitch today, with two new cases). We were blown away by the immediate responses of our school families who offered to sponsor the children whose families may not be able to afford the cost of the donation. I don’t think many people realise the kind of community that we have in the school. Many families give to others out of the little that they have. They live by the understanding that life is about paying it forward, so that someone else’s life is made richer. We were humbled by the responses of families who immediately thought of others. In our school we have always had a policy that no child will miss out on an activity or a camp because of financial hardship. Sometimes we all need a little hand up. The trick is that when we have had a hand up, we need to learn to reach out to someone else who needs a little hand up. Every little bit matters. If the donation is beyond your reach, sometimes it does make you feel better if you contribute a dollar, two dollars or even five dollars. Jude Lange was in last week and she was already feeding some crazy camp ideas to Lou, Taylor and Glen. I am trying to work out a plan to get out of school so I can be at camp for at least some of the time with the children. It is always a highlight for me and a wonderful reminder of the wonderful staff, parents and children we have in the school. It’s nice to have something to look forward to after all of the fuss and bother we have been through in the last few months. If I hear there’s a new normal one more time I will scream. We’ll come back bigger and brighter.
Our new entrants numbers are climbing day by day and it has come as a bit of a surprise as many of the enrolments we did not know were coming. We are thrilled to have all of our new children at school. If you know of someone who has a preschooler or if you have one yourself and you have not pre enrolled, please contact the school office so that we can prepare pre-entry visits for you and your child.
As the numbers have risen we have been trying to bank some staffing so that we can place a part-time teacher in the new entrant class to team teach with Hannah. We don’t have a spare space to set up a new class and there is no way that Hannah will let any of your children go. The two part-time teachers working in that class with Hannah are Lisa-Maree and Denali. Both of these teachers are already part of our school family and they are known and loved by our students. Happily, they are also known and loved by the staff.
This term we have modified the mid-year learning conferences and the mid-year reporting process to acknowledge the additional work and stress that staff and families have been under. Learning conferences will be available on one night if you feel that you would like to talk through the mid-year summary of your child’s progress. We will let you know more about this soon.
Many of our children made fantastic progress during lockdown and have continued to show improvement. Congratulations to parents and teachers for helping our children to flourish and learn under very difficult circumstances.
Teacher only days:
We are reviewing our teacher only days for terms three and four. Whether they go ahead or not will be very dependent on the current circumstances of the school and of our school families. They are part of a teachers contract and have been put in place to try and mitigate workload for teachers. Our teachers have been incredibly generous especially after lockdown and have wanted to stay with the children. There is a huge amount of planning to do for the rest of the year and a lot of forward planning as we move towards returning home. We will let you know in plenty of time if we are going to take our assigned days so that you have time to make alternative arrangements for your children.
Sadly we do not have a hall or larger area for us to meet together so while the weather remains cold we are unable to get together as a school to celebrate. We miss having our parents and families in to celebrate with us and look forward to warmer weather, or in the future, should we dare to dream, a large brand-new hall on our home site. I think that might be a pipe dream but we can keep hoping.
We are 2 1/2 weeks away from school vacation. I can hear you groaning from here but I will be honest and tell you that our teachers are doing a little dance as it has been a tiring time over the last many weeks. In the meantime take care of yourselves, be safe and be grateful for every new day and the blessings that those days bring.
Kōrari has been doing some really awesome activities about ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Q. Rauf. The novel is part of ‘Chapter Chat’. Chapter Chat is some online learning for Yr5 and Yr6 students from all around New Zealand. They complete tasks about the novel and share it with each other at 10am on Friday mornings on Twitter. Every week we have to read certain chapters so everyone stays at the same pace.
For fitness, the PAL’s have also been setting up and running games for us. Some of the games have been Bull Rush, Cone Raider, Dodgeball, Rob the Nest, and Rock, Paper, Scissors tag. We have also been doing cross country training. We are aiming to be able to run for 2 kilometres. We have also been challenging each other and ourselves to do a plank for 1 minute. Our training started when we got back to school after lockdown.
Our new deep learning topic is ‘Adventure’. Here are some photos of our Amazing Race Challenge we participated in to ignite our learning.
If you have driven past our home site on Lyttleton Street you will have noticed a lot of activity. At the moment most of it is about taking away and knocking down. It is such a relief to see those buildings are going to be replaced. We were pretty shocked by the lack of insulation, strong building materials and all the “she’ll be right” approach to buildings going back over decades. The process will slow down for a few weeks while the foundations are dug out, a few things are shifted, a couple of trees will be felled and materials arrive on site. Then the action will start again. We'll see slow progress and then when the framework goes up the process will pick up speed.
Board of Trustees Update
This week we lost our beloved, effervescent and bright spirit, Tricia Munro. Many of you will have fond memories and stories of how our wonderful Tricia welcomed you, cared for you and made you feel important. Our amazing staff once again have shown true professionalism, resilience and courage as they have walked our children through some tough talking and emotions whilst also dealing with their own loss.
On behalf of the board of trustees, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy and warmth to Tricia’s husband Wayne, her family and the whole school whānau as we all navigate this tragic and devastating loss. Tricia you will be forever in our hearts.
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever” Winnie the Pooh
We would also like to acknowledge our Kahukura cluster principals who have rallied together to wrap around Marriene and the Senior Leadership Team organising administration, support and morning teas for our staff.
We have our next Board of Trustees meeting on Monday 3 August at 5pm in the staffroom. Anybody is welcome to attend as an observer. You can let us know to expect you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Trustees Chairperson
Just before lockdown our senior PALs Physical Activity Leaders attended a leadership day at Lincoln Events Centre where they learned how to set up and lead physical activities. Since returning to school they have been putting their new skills into practise leading lunchtime games.
Congratulations to both our year 5-6 basketball teams who competed in the South West Zone tournament. This means they have qualified for the Centrals Tournament next term! A big thanks to Dave Langrell who coached the teams to their successes.
Health and Safety
Traffic and parking:
Please ensure you:
use the traffic light crossing if you need to cross Lincoln Road
don't park on the yellow lines in front of the bus stop or on the bus stop
don't park over the staff carpark driveway
make a plan with your child/ren for drop off and pick up
don't use the local business carparks
We are working closely with the police and the city council to make it safer for all.
Out of zone ballot 2020
Term 4 2020:
For children who are living outside of our school zone and wish to enrol in term 4, 2020
Advertisement Date: Wednesday 22 July 2020
Applications close: 4 pm Wednesday 19 August 2020 Ballot Date: Friday 21 August 2020
To apply please fill in this form and give it to the office before the above closing date.
If you have any questions contact Matua Jared at email@example.com
Friends and Whānau Group UpdateWe meet monthly alternative Monday evenings & Friday mornings.