It’s unbelievable to think that we are just a few days away from moving home. There have been a few glitches around landscaping like hydroseeding the lawns, cleaning the site, finishing the driveway and access for the movers to get all our furniture onto the grounds. Nothing that we can’t handle. A heartfelt thank you to every person who is coming to help us with the packing and sorting of resources and furniture. There is no way that we could’ve done this on our own. There are too many to mention by name but please take this as a personal thank you and appreciation.
We have two more days of buses and then our life becomes much simpler.
Our school celebration will be around our hāngi and mihi whakatau on 8 April.
Please buy your tickets and make sure that you are there with your whānau. We would love to see you there and welcome you into our new school on our home site. We will be eating outdoors as always and ask that you do not go indoors with food. If it rains we’ll rethink the plans. Lots of areas will be marked off with the temporary fencing and we ask that you talk to your children about staying away from those areas until the grass seed has taken or until after the landscaping has been completed. Teachers will be talking to the children about where they can and cannot play. It’s a short-term inconvenience while we finish off the spectacular landscaping.
Signage for all of the spaces is not quite finished. That will be done in the signs will be permanently installed on windows and doors and we will refer to the spaces by their names. There are no room numbers. It will take the children about a few minutes to figure it out. Teachers will be all around the buildings on the first day we reopen so children do not have to worry that they won’t know where to go. It’s really easy once you get on site. The old entranceway is no longer available for access to anybody except staff. The reception area can be reached by the very first ramp or up the stairs in what used to be the old dental clinic. The school will be so much easier to find your way around.
During school hours please do not go to into the classroom, but sign in at the reception area if you need to collect your child or deliver anything off. This is important for safety and for pandemic control.
There is climate control in every area and automatic lighting. There are sensors which pick up poor air quality and will automatically signal that windows need to be open. Our school is very high-tech.
Children will not be wearing their shoes and doors and they need to be reminded by you and us not to wear the socks outside. In the bathroom areas they will be able to slip on school owned crocs so that they do not have bare feet or socks in the toilets.
One of the things we are looking forward to the most is to be on our home site and to be able to greet you in the mornings and get to know you all over again. We will be able to see you around the school and hopefully many of you will be out and about and will be able to stop off on Friday morning and enjoy a cup of coffee and have a chance to watch the children playing, doing jump jam and enjoying catching up with friends before school.
We will see you on the other side and six days from today when the school will reopen. I suspect it will be a case of coming ready or not, although we will do our absolute best to have everything completely unpacked and ready to go.
Take care of yourself and we look forward to greeting you all next Tuesday on our beautiful new school environment.
Best regards Marriene
If you are available to volunteer on the two moving days (Friday 26 March and Monday 29 March) please put your name down on the sign up sheet at the office or call the office. Many hands make light work. This will also be an awesome opportunity to be some of the first to see the new buildings.
First day back at the home site:
On Tuesday 30 March we begin back at 147 Lyttelton Street on our home school site! Teachers will be out on Tuesday morning ready to greet you all as you arrive. You will be directed into our beautiful new classrooms. There are bag hooks outside the learning blocks. Children have been prepared by teachers to take their shoes off and place them neatly in the covered outdoor learning areas. Before school starts please feel free to come and take a look in the new learning areas and in our beautiful new administration block.
Te Pihinga Team have discovered a huge problem!We have far too much rubbish. Watch this space to see how we solve it!
Kahukura Chorale - Varshaa Kalpana
A huge congratulations to Varshaa Kalpana who successfully auditioned for the Kahukura Chorale recently. Varshaa has already practiced alongside the top singers from the seven school cluster in the special choir section, where she is learning harmonies and their own chorale songs for the Kahukura Music Festival in June of this year. A great effort and well done!
The Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon Tigers Year 5 & 6 girls team played their final game at home versus the Westburn Wizards last Friday. The game was played on a lively pitch with both teams batting and fielding extremely well. The game came down to the wire with Westburn just pipping our home team in the last over. A big thanks to Pauline Dumbleton and Cath Ferguson who have managed the team this Term. Thanks also to Matua Bill for mowing and marking the pitch. Cricket will resume again in Term 4.
Mihi Whakatau and Hāngi
Nau mai haere mai koutou!
Our annual Mihi Whakatau and Community Hāngi will be held on Thursday 8 April 2021. This is an extra special event as we officially welcome you all onto our newly rebuilt school! We are gearing up for our biggest hāngi yet. Ticket sales are officially open! Please purchase your tickets early so we have a good handle on how many people we will be feeding.
4:30pm - Mihi whakatau
5pm - Hāngi will be lifted
5:30pm - Karakia kai before hāngi is served
Please bring your own plates and cutlery. We will not be supplying any. No large trays please.
Any donations of kumara, pumpkin, cabbage, carrots and meat are welcome! Please make contact with Jared or Bill before Thursday 25 March if you are able to donate.
We desperately need helpers to put down the hangi at 11:30am and lift the hangi at 5pm on Thursday 8 April. Please see Matua Bill or Matua Jared if you are able to help.
Help needed with vege preparation from 8am on Thursday 8 April (please bring your own peeler and knife)
Final ticket sales will be Thursay 1 April
$5 per person
$25 whānau tickets (2 adults and 3 children)
Preschoolers free, Vegetarian and vegan options will be available.
We would prefer if you pay via online banking.
ASB: 123148 0131756 00
Name of Account: Board of Trustees West Spreydon School
Reference: Hāngi tickets, number of tickets, child’s name and room number