Term 4 started with a hiss and a roar. In that first week I had ten really important meetings and I finished the week with mental concussion. Friday night couldn't come soon enough.
You will have read from Skool loop that we have had to make some big calls around trees and the pool on our home site. We have to keep thinking ahead as stages of the build are progressing fast.
The trees have rotted or are causing problems with sewers and water pipes. It’s much safer and easier to deal with them now, than wait for a serious accident.
After a lot of discussion we have accepted that the pool cannot open and operate for this swimming season. When we do go home we will have to install high quality cameras and have a very tight system for keys. There is no way I want the pool committee to go through what they did last season, to the point of total discouragement and stress for all involved. We will ensure that any breaches of the key system result in immediate cancellation of the key and a possible trespass order. No warnings, no refund, no going back. I guess I’ll have to delay my plans to be a sweet old lady a bit longer.
The damage from our break in on the new site can be reasonably cheaply fixed. It could have been a lot worse. I’m grateful to our neighbours who keep a close eye on our school.
The Southern Health Hospital has had two break ins in a week and the importance of high quality cameras, particularly around our pool, has hit home again for me.
The teachers are keen for the site to be safe for them to be taken into the buildings by the construction company. Jared, Marina and I have had lots of opportunities because we have been inducted on the site for property meetings. Principals do get perks.
We received $11,400 from a new funding source Tu Manawa which we will use to buy bikes, scooters and helmets so we can have school bikes on site so all children can have the benefit of our bike/scooter track. I can feel another sermon coming on around caring for property and making sure that the equipment is looked after by the children.
Camp finally went ahead. Covid-!9 meant it was on again, off again for a few months. So much planning goes into camp and many hours are invested in creating the programme, menu, transport and accommodation. This morning it was a mission to get all of the children onto the buses and off to Hanmer. There were a few tears-parents and children. It’s always about the treasure and the dragon. Children have to get past the dragon of homesickness and separation before they can get to the treasure of the fun of being on camp. It is a very big deal and takes a huge amount of courage for children to overcome that anxiety. I still get homesick and have to make my own way of coping with it. It’s not fun being homesick in Canada!!!!
I am going up to Hanmer for two days and Marina has planned a day trip. Camp is something I look forward to as I get to see the children in a totally different light. Some of the quietest children become the fearless adventurers on camp, and our jaws drop when we see what they can do. Fussy eaters suddenly eat everything, and the children who stand back in class, become the leaders. I think the teachers will need a little lie down when they get home.
Athletics Sports are rolling around and fine weather means that children can get some practice. It's fantastic to watch the really talented children excel. We do have some gifted sports people here. It’s heartwarming to watch others really give things a go, even though they find it difficult.
Thank you to all parents and helpers who give up time, talents and resources to make our school work effectively. So much goes unseen and we do want you to know that we notice and that we are very grateful for all that you do.
Did you notice that our Board of Trustees is now called the School Board, and that the word trustees has been replaced by members. There’s nothing like a name change.
This term there are reports, sports, trips, camp and outdoor activities. You are a;ways welcome to come to an event to support your children. We look forward to seeing you.
Pink Shirt Day 2020
Thank you to all those who wore pink last Friday for Pink Shirt day!
We had an amazing turnout and raised $313.80.
Here are some photos of the day!
Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon Student Leaders
Kawekawe Korero - Story telling is our Topic this term. We are learning about and sharing all our favourite stories.
Room 8 has been learning all about patterns. We have learnt the big word Algebra. Look at our amazng work.
We can read our Early Words in our reading books.
We can write a whole sentence about stories we know.
Skool Loop App
Please get the Skool Loop App so that you are receiving all current school information!
If you have any questions ask Matua Jared.
Health and Safety
Annex Road Cycleway Roadworks:
As reminded about last week, city council are currently working on Annex Road. Isaac Construction are carrying out these works. Please click this link to see the details of these works. We know the difficulties this raises. Isaac Construction are opening up the 'extra parking' section in the attached document at drop off and pick up time. We ask that you work within the guidelines the construction company have outlined in order to keep everyone safe.
West Spreydon School Friends and Whānau Group (WSSFW) UpdateFriends and Whānau have been meeting regularly and have the last fundraisers for the year organised see details below
The forms went out last week and are due back to School this Friday 23 October for deliver of Calendars and other products later this term. Please ensure the form and money are in by this date. If you do not have a printed copy of the form you can write the information on a piece of paper and drop it in the Friends and Whānau box in the office.
Lucky Book Club
The next order to come out will be the last one for 2020 so make a note to stock up on any Christmas items that you may like.
We are hoping to hold a disco for the whole school on 20 November 2020 as a chance to bring the students and parents/caregivers together in what has been a difficult year. The Friends and Whānau committee are a group of parents who run events for the benefit of Te Ara Koropiko School. We are in need of help of other volunteers in order to run a disco as this year especially our committee have other commitments and cannot all be available for this. We need volunteers to:
- help set up the location on the night
- provide baking for the parents to enjoy on the night
- help with clean up after the event
- assist with the planning and preparation including picking up and dropping off hire items
- creation of flyers to advertise the disco to school members
Mā tini, mā mano ka rapa te whai! (Many hands make light work!)
If you are able to help with one or more of these please contact us on email@example.com or feel free to come to our next meeting Monday 2 November 7pm.