We are all feeling a little stunned after the massive shift and reopening of our school. As of tonight we have been working from our home site for four whole days. Every now and again I stick my head out of the office and have a look at the dozens of boxes still not unpacked and resources still not put away and I go back and sit under my desk with my teddy bear.
The Easter break could not have come at a better time. I think we all collapsed in our cars on Thursday afternoon.
It has been simply wonderful to see so many parents and preschoolers back in the school. It’s the thing that we talked about for 15 months while we were on the Chernobyl site. It makes a huge difference to morale and relationships when we are meeting with parents as a matter of course during the start of the day. It’s lovely to see parents there first thing in the morning, and after school to greet the children. We are learning how to be a school family again.
Tomorrow is hāngi and mihi whakatau. It is for our school families and not for neighbours or people who go to other schools. Please respect this kaupapa as our school families must come first. It’s important that you have a ticket so that nobody misses out on the beautiful kai. If you have not experienced one of Bill's hāngi then you haven’t lived.
As ever our heartfelt thanks to the Friends and Whānau and volunteers who are spending hours preparing the puddings for the hāngi. I know I have a couple of dads who are giving up work time to help with the hāngi. Thank you so much. You may not have a lot of spare time, but every small contribution makes a big difference.
My husband and daughter in law have been working on upcycling some of the old chairs for school. I am a great fan of upcycled furniture and the one chair they have done so far has come up beautifully. I bought some new fabric over the weekend. I don’t think Tricia would like it as it involves colours like pink. I think she would appreciate the fact that we are being creative though.
So many people have offered to help or to donate items to the new buildings. I apologise if we have not got back to you. Please contact us again, and now that the dust is clearing (metaphorically speaking), we may have time to actually get back to you and acknowledge your help.
Special thanks to Jared and the volunteers who helped to water the hydro seed over the Easter break. It was so important to ensure that we got a grass strike. Hopefully it won’t be too long before the major landscaping work begins.
We are still having problems with people bringing their dogs into the school grounds and leaving the poop behind. We’ve already had one lot of poop deposited on the new carpet. I don’t understand how people just ignore signs or think that the rules don’t apply to them.
I can’t wait to have plants back in the gardens. Most of the bulbs have been rescued ready for re-planting before winter. I have rose cuttings at home and one of our school whānau has a lemon and a lime tree ready for planting. I’ll know we are home for real when the first roses bloom in our school gardens.
We are about 10 days away from the school holidays. Thank you for all that you have done to make our shift back home smooth and welcoming. I’ll take the time now to wish you a happy and safe holiday. I have a sneaky feeling that the children are going to need a few sleep ins and time to recover. We will hit term two running with lots of new exciting learning opportunities. Our staff are going to need a complete break too as they have been absolute heroes over the last 15 months, putting up with so much inconvenience, and working very hard to make sure that we can return home ready to operate immediately.
No buses! No buses! No buses!
Please make a point of saying hello over the next several days and reconnecting with us on our home site. Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School is in the house. I look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday for a fantastic whānau time. It is our pleasure to show you manaakitanga and whanaungatanga as we serve you at the school hāngi.
Best regards Marriene
South West Zone Swimming Sports
Last week we sent a team of 4 swimmers to the south west zone swimming sports at Jelly Park.
All the swimmers did our school proud making the semifinals in their events.
Two swimmers Danica and Jenson both made the finals of the Year 6 backstroke.
Also a big thank you goes out to our parent helper on the day Tina de Boer, who supervised and ensured no one missed their events.
Term 1 Basketball
Junior Basketball at Pioneer Stadium has now finished for the term. Well done to all the players that competed and thanks to the parents who volunteered to coach and mange the teams. Special thanks to Dave Langrell and Nick Erwood for coming in every Tuesday to coach our players. It has been wonderful to see you all progress with your skills and enjoy getting out on the court. Ka pai!
A huge thank you to the Friends and Whānau and volunteers who assisted with shifting the school, both on the moving days and on the other days packing, unpacking and baking. The teachers also each received a beautiful bouquet of flowers for their desk for the first day.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Please continue to remind tamariki to safely use the pedestrian crossing when crossing the road.
Fencing around school
As you can see there is still a lot of fencing around our school grounds. This is due to landscaping not yet underway. The project for this is to start in the holidays. We will potentially see less fencing in term 2.
Our main school carpark is currently under construction and is again fenced off. This should also be ready for us by term 2.
Please do not park on the school grounds or drive way for any reason. Available parking will be on Lyttelton Street.
Coming on Site
A reminder that if you are on-site for any reason please make your way to reception and use our vistab for signing in and out.
Due to being on a new site, there will be a review of our emergency procedures and evacuation procedures. Teachers will be going through all these procedures with children over the next few days.
In the upcoming weeks, we will be practicing our emergency evacuation drills.
Friends and Whānau 2021
Our AGM is Monday 12 April 7pm in the staff room all welcome.