Principal's Message, BOT News, Polyfest, Stream testing, Regional Cross Country, GreenStreamers, Minor Change to Bell Times, Learning Hub News, Pyjama Day, New Students, Upcoming Dates
WOW! What an incredible evening at last week’s Farrah’s Night at the Races! Not only did everyone have a fantastic night out, but we also managed to raise an impressive total to kick off our next big fundraising project - the school hall refurbishment.
The provisional total raised for the night is … drum roll please…
Thanks to everyone who has attended learning conferences this week. We had 89% attendance which is a great response. Teachers really appreciate you finding dedicated time to talk with us about your children’s learning.
Farewell Jo Pringle
It is with great sadness that we farewell Jo Pringle today. As well as being a fabulous classroom teacher, Jo has shared her amazing musical talents with children across the school; leading the orchestra, the Sunshine Singers, our Strummers ukulele group and the recorder group. It is no surprise that Hadlow Preparatory School have recognised these talents and snapped her up for a music specialist teacher position in the Wairarapa. Thank you for the music Jo, we wish you all the very best in your new adventures!
We hope that you all have a wonderful break, we look forward to seeing you back in two weeks; safe and sound, and ready for a whole new term of learning ahead.
BOT News - Appointment of a new Board Chair
Mel, who was elected at Monday’s Board meeting, replaces Matt Reid. Matt indicated earlier this year that he would stand down as Chair after five years in the role. Matt will remain a member of the Board – a role he’s had since 2010.
The Board and school management would like to acknowledge the leadership, dedication, and passion Matt has brought to the role as Chair. Matt cares deeply about our school and its future. His focus has always been about making the experience our children, their families, and our staff have at our school even better. Our sincere thanks to Matt for all his hard work in overseeing the governance of our school. While he leaves big shoes to fill; we know Mel shares the same commitment and aims and will do a fantastic job.
Strategic Review - Last chance to contribute to survey
We have only received 29 responses out of more than 300 families. While the quality of those responses has been excellent; we’re eager to hear from more of you about what’s important to you and your children. It’s about harnessing the passionate conversations about our school that happen everyday among parents and caregivers at drop off and pick up and giving us your views. That’s why we’re extending the consultation period to the end of the school holidays. It’s easy to do. It takes around 10 minutes to complete and it’s anonymous. The link is here: https://goo.gl/forms/1wZePNQxl8VHy45v2. If you’ve done the survey it would be fantastic if you could encourage others to do likewise.
In addition to your thoughts, we are also collecting input from staff and students. The Board and staff will then work to revise the existing charter, prior to holding an information evening later next term to share the results with you. This will provide a chance to talk through the results, listen to any feedback you have, and discuss our next steps. All of this will help the Board shape our direction for the coming years. We will provide more information on this next term.
We appreciate you taking the time to consider and respond to our survey. Your views, and the views of staff and our children, are really important to ensure our vision and values reflect what we, as a school, aspire to be.
Kapa Haka at Polyfest
Ako Nui Stream testing
As part of the Apply stage of their Take Action for Water inquiries, Ako Nui have been stream testing many of the local streams in our community.
As young scientists they have been testing the streams to determine their mouri (life force). They have been learning about what streams need to be healthy and analysing the streams for these qualities.
They have learned how to use Turbidity Tubes to test water clarity, how to identify macro-invertebrates and how to analyse algae, as just some of these tests. They also enjoyed putting on their gumboots and getting into the streams!
It has been great to see environmental science happening in our school and local community.
Regional Cross Country
Our revised school day will look like this:
9:00 - 10:30 Learning Block 1
10:30 - 11:00 Morning Tea
11:00 - 1:00 Learning Block 2 (this includes a break for fruit)
1:00 - 1:10 Lunch Eating
1:10 - 1:45 Lunch Play
1:45 - 3:00 Learning Block 3
We will be reviewing this in week 5 to see what impact it is having for our students and teachers. We will communicate with you how the trial has gone when we review it.
Learning Hub News
We had a fabulous week with the Aquarius Water Unit. The Green Streamers did a fantastic job of teaching each class how they can save water at home. If you’ve had any dripping taps at home pointed out by your children, you know why.
The interactive nature of the display meant that the children could have a real hands-on learning experience. Thank you to Mr Taylor-Hall and the Green Streamers.
Have you spotted our new signs? When the old Silverstream Library was redesigned around 8 years ago it was named the Learning Hub to support the vision of it being at the Hub or Heart of the school. Not just a repository for books but a place with multiple functions and somewhere where all members of the school community can feel welcome and engage in many different kinds of learning.
We have installed some gorgeous new signs this week to increase visibility and ensure everyone can find us!
Classes have enjoyed hearing a fabulous new book this week called ‘Lucinda, Belinda, Melinda McCool’ by Jeanne Willis. It’s a fun story with a serious message about self-esteem, kindness and how it’s negative being image-obsessed.
With the holidays upon us I have been promoting our fantastic collection of art, craft, gardening, science and cooking books to encourage some creativity and activity during the holidays. Of course the winter holidays are also a fabulous time to curl up with a good book, or to even churn through a new series. If you run out of books, remember to head up the the Upper Hutt Library. They have a fantastic collection of children’s books and often lots of cool activities in the holidays.
I hope everyone has a wonderful break.
Welcome New students
Upcoming Dates for Term 3
School Bank Account Details
Term Dates 2017
Term 1: 2 Feb - 13 April
Term 2: 1 May - 7 July
Term 3: 24 July - 29 Sept
Term 4: 16 Oct - 19 Dec
(half day - last day 2017)
Our tackle rugby team who had games against Trentham and Pinehaven recently
Our Inter School Swimming Team