The term has come to an end. Some staff are talking about a 22 week term and by golly it feels like it.
I do admire the ways in which you have come through the COVID-19 lockdown. For many of you it was a wonderful time to be together as a family and your children flourished. For some it was a time of struggle and uncertainty. We were so pleased to see you all back at school safe and sound.
We have spoken a lot as a board and as a staff about the effect of being on another site has had on all of us. We’ve all come to realise that our biggest loss has been our connection with our parents and local community. Children travelling by bus means that we very rarely see parents the way we used to. We were also very conscious during alert level two that we were pushing parents away and not inviting them to come in. For a school that prides itself on community connection and being open for parents, this did not work in our favour, neither did it work for you.
We have had talks with community based groups about how we can rework this when we return home. The loss of community connection has been the biggest down point of being on the site. It even surpasses the inconvenience of having no hall, no pool and no flash playground.
We are still all reeling from the loss of Whaea Tricia. It was a privilege to attend her memorial service last Saturday and to be able to share wonderful stories about her and to see photos going back to her childhood. Personally, I miss Tricia every day and I still expect her to come back through the door and pick up her work as if nothing has happened. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with her husband, Wayne who also lost his mum a few days after Tricia passed away. It was Tricia who was behind all of the jackets, kai for families, school uniforms and many other care packages for our school Whanau. She was so skilled at her job and a wonderful friend to many people. A few days before she passed away, Tricia and I had talked about going back to Singapore with my eldest daughter and grand baby, to finish off all the things we never got to do. It’s a reminder to be grateful and to live every day as if it were your last.
Well done to all of the Cross Country competitors who braved the Christchurch winter weather last Wednesday, 24 June for the Te Ara Koropiko School Cross Country Championships.
The children's attitude was not dampened by the wet weather and we are all proud of the effort made by the tamariki, who showed grit and determination to complete the course around the school field. A big thank you to all of the supporters who cheered on the runners from the side lines; your voices helped urge the children on. A big congratulations to all of our place getters and especially to those who now go through to the South West Zones Competition, being held on July 28. Those runners are Jono Day, Millie Dumbleton, Taylor Curry, Jasmine Eade-Hall, Sebastian McKirdy, Ruby Jakes,
Ethan Cox, Cosette Major, Joel Hanham, Tessa Lloyd-Mann, Charlie Quinn and Molly-Ann Harrison.
In the Rāupo team we have been jumping on planes and exploring art in other countries. During our explorations we have learnt a lot of facts about the countries we have visited! We have created South African sunsets, New Zealand symbolism, Polish shapes and Aboriginal dot art. Come into Room 1, 2, 4 and 5 to check them out!
Skool Loop App
At Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School we are excited to be rolling out a new free app for our school community. The idea behind this is to have one place for whānau to see all our current notices, newsletters, permission slips, make contact with us, lodge absences, see the school calendar and more! All of the information for you to download the app is below. Once you get the app select 'Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School' and you will be set. If you have any questions ask Matua Jared.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If your child is sick, he / she must stay at home.
Please avoid coming onto the school site if at all possible during Alert Level 2. If necessary please ensure that you sign in and out using our digital vistab tablet in the school office area so that we are able to contact trace those who have been on the site.
Traffic and parking:
We have huge concerns about the driving, parking and road crossing behaviours we have been seeing before and after school.
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
We are working closely with the police and the city council to make it safer for all.
Board of Trustees Update
. We would like to acknowledge Simon Harrison for his time and efforts on our Board of Trustees. Simon’s knowledge of commercial construction and building has been invaluable to the board during the planning of our new build and he worked closely with our Ministry team to get the best we could from our rebuild. Simon’s resignation has been accepted and we would like to thank him for his mahi. We are working through the process of filling that vacancy as per NZSTA guidelines.
The board have recently undertaken Clifton Strengths training as a group. It was a fun and interesting journey and we now can understand and work to each members strengths with regard to the strategic planning and implementation of our plans.
Saturday was a sad day for the Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School family as we farewelled our dear Tricia. Her husband invited us to perform our Haka as Tricia was carried out which the children and teachers, led by Jared and joined by Angie performed with passion and emotion. A tough day for all but a wonderful celebration of a most memorable woman.
It has certainly been a roller coaster this year, our teachers and staff have faced many a challenge and yet they continue to front up, do the difficult stuff and the fun stuff and care for everyone of our children so that they can thrive. Please be sure to appreciate our teachers, send them a kind note and share your heart - it will make their day.
Board of Trustees Chairperson
West Spreydon School Friends and Whānau Group (WSSFW) Update
We are looking for new members.
We meet monthly alternative Monday evenings & Friday mornings.