Friends and Whānau Mtg 7 at 7.00 pm in the staffroom
Teacher Only Day 11
Board of Trustees Meeting 14 at 4.30pm in the staffroom
Fono/Hui 15 at 5.30pm in the staffroom
Library Van Visit 16
End of Term 3 25
Library Van Visit 16
School Photos 2
Library Van Visit 11
Teacher Only Day 30
Welcome to our new tamariki in Room 8
Tumuaki / Principal News
Have you noticed the blossom trees on Lyttelton Street? I have a long drive to school and it’s great to watch the trees gradually greening up and budding. On Memorial Ave it takes just a few days from the first tree in blossom to become a beautiful avenue of Spring flowers.
You will have seen the notices on mailchimp and Skool Loop about Scarlet Fever, Annex Road road works and Alert level 2 restrictions in the school. It never rains, but it pours. As Tricia would say, “This is life’s rich tapestry.” Please please please sign in if you absolutely have to be on the school grounds.
I do want to thank you for being kind to each other. We live in a very different world as we have woken up to the reality that disease is not just a third world problem. Our sense of security has taken a big hit and many are feeling uncertain about their jobs as well as their health. We have talked to many people about their current worries and for most it is not about the disease itself, but more about the fallout with jobs, finances, separation from whanau and the possibility of other lockdowns.
We can get through this with kindness and consideration. We struggle as a school at times with a very few who don't think that regulations and requests apply to them. That’s when I have to pull out the nasty nags. We are all entitled to individual rights but not when those rights put others at risk. We are all hanging on for the lifting of the alert levels.
It was great news to hear of the success of the Epro8 team placing second and Finn Andersen qualifying for the World Champs in Irish Dancing. We love hearing of the success of our tamariki in and out of school. Photos are even better. Let us know if your child has had special success so we can share it.
Congratulations to Whaea Megan Stewart, Whaea Charlotte McCone and the PALs who worked so hard and creatively with Healthy and Active Schools coordinators Vicki Cowley and Adam Gard’ner to launch the Playpods last week. Stevie Loveridge was an amazing spokesperson for the school and the reporter told us after her interview that they had never interviewed a child as articulate as Stevie. She took everyone by surprise.(but not the teachers who have taught her)
The buildings are taking shape. The old admin block has very little left in it (yeah) , and the new blocks have a growing profile. We’ll see lots of visible progress for a while and then when the work goes to internal work, it will look like nothing is happening.
It was really disappointing to learn that some local wastes of space, broke into the build site and tried to start up the crane. Fortunately no damage was done but the last thing we need are delays and extra costs Several families have also reported that locals are using the school grounds, especially the playground, as a dog toilet. One lady was told by a school family mum, that dogs aren't welcome on the grounds, especially if they are using the grounds as a doo doo dump, and the woman became confrontational. I just don’t get it. If in doubt, call the police.
It was lovely to take the whole school “home” and to have the opportunity to write all of the names on the steel work ready to go inside the framework. Whaea Tricia’s name was added too as she had helped us to fight the good fight to get the rebuild off the ground.
We will see lots of progress and then, when the work goes inside or comes down to details, it
will look like nothing is happening.
Education is not about the buildings. It is especially not about open learning spaces. I am a supporter of teachers collaborating and being together. There is research to show that the skills of teachers pick up and are enhanced when they have the opportunity to work alongside their colleagues. Developmental theory supports the notion that the role of the teacher remains critical, and that the majority of children do not have the maturity to determine what and how they will learn.
Noise seems to be a common concern for parents. The new buildings are carefully design to combat noise, even down to where we can install tvs, laminated sheets and screens. Teachers will always be responsible for helping to maintain a busy learning noise. We have been looking at furniture that provides sound and sight barriers from large numbers, so that children can learn and work in relative calm. Our buildings also have breakout spaces that provide for discrete areas for the children to learn.
We can’t wait to get home and get started on our next leg of the journey as Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School.
Stay well and let's get through this next phase of alerts together. We are here to help if you need us.
Welcome to Helen Ross PA to the Principal
We are so delighted to have our office staff start as a team today. Helen Ross will join our lovely Rachael Stafford as the first point of contact, at the heart of the school.
This year Te Ara Koropiko Wes Spreydon School, participated in the EPro8 challenge. This year's challenge was a little different compared to previous years. This year the challenge was to create a robotic creature for a Zoo as a new tourist attraction. There were a number of elements that the students had to include, a moving feature and for the creature to measure between 1-2m long.
Our team members were Elliot Tait, Jessica Nieuwenhuijsen, Genavieve Graham and Briar Lyne.
They created this amazing Ruru (Morepork) that had a moving head and wings. We are excited to announce that after all their hard work and determination TAKWSS came 2nd overall in the EPro8 Rolleston Round for 2020! We are into the semifinals, which will take place on September 3rd. We are all so proud of them and their hard work. Well done team!!
In room 4 our Adventure deep learning topic is coming to a close. To share all the interesting places to go we have learned about different countries we created travel brochures to help you plan your future trips. Our brochures tell you the top three things to do, a food to try and what to pack for winter and summer. We also created Kahoot quizzes to test you and make sure you read them carefully. For those who love to make things, we took on the huge challenge of making a model landmark from our country. There was heaps of creativity, problem solving and crazy amounts of gluing. The end result is pretty great even if some of us did get a few glue burns!
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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 follow the guidelines in order to keep everyone safe.
Board of Trustees Update
Firstly thank you so much to Rachael Stafford for her commitment to our school administration and as our front of house face and behind the scenes heroine since we returned after lockdown. We have now appointed Helen Ross as PA to the Principal but Rachael has been covering both jobs!! On behalf of the Board and staff we welcome Helen, she has a big smile , a big heart and has jumped in at the deep end to work with Rachael and learn the ropes.
Once we are out of Level 2 the board are keen to facilitate some community consultation around what your big dreams are for the school going forward. Specifically outdoor spaces, play equipment/areas and landscaping. We will do this on the temporary school site likely a couple of afternoons at pick up time, so keep an eye out. You can either write your ideas on the big sheets of paper or you can just talk with us to put your ideas in the mix.
We are starting to look at how we can run the Pool more effectively and most importantly, safely, this coming summer, if we are granted access to it by the contractor. We will do our best to coordinate with them as we know the Pool is key to summer fun!! The Pool committee needs a few more members, if you are interested let us know. We will also have a board member volunteer on that committee as the pool is owned by the Board so we need to ensure it is safe for all and that the rules are clear and adhered to.
We wish to extend our gratitude to Mathias Nieuwenhuijsen for his dedicated mahi on our pool committee. Mat is stepping down as chair but has done a fabulous job leading the committee and put many many hours in at working bees, behind the scenes and day to day running of the pool set season.
Lastly, it was great to see so many smiling faces and laughter in the news article about the play pods on Sunday. Stevie did a great job with her interview and it showcased how our teachers get involved and nurture our values of Adventure, attitude and achievement through play.
Board of Trustees Chairperson
West Spreydon School Friends and Whānau Group (WSSFW) UpdateLucky Book Club forms are out the deadline for these to be back to school is Thursday 3rd September. You can place your order via the Loop app or you can put cash in an envelope and put it in the PTA box at the school office.
Remember our next meeting is 7th of September at 7pm at the staff room at the school staff room, we would love to see some new faces there.