Dear Parents and Students,
What a fantastic start to the term our children have made. There is high excitement about the world of performing
arts and their opportunity to present something to their parents at the end of term. The playground is still
a hive of activity, and events like rippa, league, rugby, netball, cross country, badminton and table tennis
mean there is never a dull moment.
TOUCH BASE MEETINGS - 16 MAY 1.00PM SCHOOL FINISH
In Week 3 this Term, we are inviting parents to join their child and teacher to have a 15 minute meeting. The meeting
is an opportunity to touch base and focus together on the child and their learning. These meetings will be
held on Wednesday, May 16 from 1.30 to 6.30pm and Thursday May 17 from 3.15 - 5.30pm.
Please note parents will be asked to pick their child up at 1.00pm on Wednesday, May 16. This supports our teachers and means they do not have to stay too late at night to get through their meetings.
HOW TO BOOK A TOUCH BASE MEETING TIME?
- Go to the website www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter our school code: xng44
- You will need your child’s 2018 year, classroom, and name of teacher, to complete your booking.
- Enter these details and choose a time that suits you. You will receive an emailed confirmation of your booking.
- If you are unable to complete your booking online, please either:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with child/rens names and preferred times
- Call into the school office and fill out a booking sheet.
SUPPORT FOR LINC-ED
If you are not yet set up on Linc-Ed please drop by the office prior to your Touch Base meeting time in week
3 for support in activating your account or adding Linc-Ed to a mobile device.
Support is available from:
1:00pm-6:00pm Wednesday, 16 May
2:45- 5:00pm Thursday, 17 May
Teachers will be focusing on discussing learning during your time slot, so please bring any tech issues to
the office, rather than the classroom teacher in order to maximise your time discussing your child's learning.
- Our staff are working late on Wednesday and Thursday to provide this opportunity. Please look after them.
- On a rare occasion when we have a parent come in who is upset about something; our advice is – Respect the
Person.“The problem is the problem; the person is never the problem” Control your emotions and think “How
can I help?”
AFTER SCHOOL CARE
If you have a regular booking on Wednesday - you are automatically booked
into After School Care at 1.00pm. There may be a few casual places on that day available - please contact Karen
on 021 705 804 to put your name on the list.
SPOTLIGHT ON INQUIRY
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime Proverb
This terms Inquiry has the whole school buzzing with energy and excitement. As a school we are inquiring into the
world of Performance Art.
Our Year 1-4 Learners are mixing together at a super team level by nominating an area of performance art that interests
them most. Our talented and creative teachers have put on offer exciting choices like puppetry, claymation,
musical theatre, waiata, acting, dance and even flash mobs!
Groups are planning to share all their incredible learning with Year 1-4 parents at an open day on Wednesday, 27
June. Save the date in your calendar and join us for a fun filled day! We will send out detailed information
for the day nearer the time.
Our Year 5 & 6 students are also going to be busy. Like the Y1-4 students, they have selected from options
in the realm of performing arts. Their groups however, collaborate with one another because the end product
will be a Year 5 & 6 Production, created from start to finish by our creative students as a result of their
Teams of students are responsible for script and casting, directing, costumes, make-up, props, acting, dancing,
and music. This will extend our collaboration and communication skills and help our students build their learning
assets in a practical, real life situation.
If you would like to read more about our school Learning Assets click here
We look forward to sharing the end product with you in Week 10 of this term with 4 performances over Tuesday 3
July and Wednesday 4 July . Save the dates in your diary and we will send out detailed information shortly.
Prepare to be dazzled by our talented children!
Leader of Learning
WELCOME DAN COOKE
This week we have welcomed Daniel Cooke to our school. Daniel is doing his PhD in our school and this year he will
be working with year 1 and 2 classes exploring the fundamentals of movement and helping our children to walk,
run, hop, skip, jump, throw and catch. He will also spend time with other year levels at break times and has
a passion for most sports. The children are already enjoying Dans involvement.
Born in Plymouth, England. - Worked with variety of athletes in the UK as a strength & conditioning coach.
Ended in the UK as head of academy strength & conditioning for a professional English football club. Overseeing
the physical development of children 7-18 years.
- Lived in Florida, U.S. to study a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology
- Ended in U.S. as working with children 5-15 years with their movement at football club.
- Moved to NZ end of March to begin PhD studying 'Movement Skill Acquisition in The Primary School Years' through
Auckland University Technology.
- Keen interest in all sports, particularly football. Love coaching/teaching movement with people of all ages
and I have a particular interest in youth populations.
NATIVE GARDEN WORKING BEE - Friday 18th May 3.30-5.30pm
Please join us after school next Friday
to help tidy up the native garden area across the stormwater drain in the far corner of the field. We need
to do a little pruning and weeding and a general tidy-up to make sure this ‘outdoor classroom’ is a great space
for our kids. I’d love your help! Please bring a spade / secateurs / gloves if you have them. Debbie Thompson
RELAX KIDS IS COMING TO PASSION FRIDAYS!
Creating calm, confident kids in a chaotic world.
Is your child ever overwhelmed by the busy-ness of our modern world?
Could they benefit from learning how to still their brain and control their emotions?
Does your child struggle to ‘switch off’ at night?
Or would they just enjoy the chance to chill out and reduce their stress and anxiety?
Relax Kids classes use music, movement, games, breath work, stretching, positive affirmations and guided visualisations . Through these activities your child will increase in confidence, improve sleep, reduce anxiety and learn how to better regulate their emotions.
Enrol your child in these fun weekly sessions running for the remainder of Term 2.
$70 for the 7 week block course - paid in advance.
To book or to find out more, email email@example.com
MATERIALS STILL NEEDED
Thanks so much for the donations that have been dropped off to the
office over the past two weeks. We are still on the hunt for the following items for our Performance Art
- Large piece of corflute, origami paper
- Stage Makeup
- Shadow puppets
Thanks so much for supporting our children in this way.REMINDER - DOGS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS
are not permitted on school grounds during school hours - 8.30am - 3.30pm.
FLIPPERBALL TEAM PLAYERS NEEDED
Any year 5 or 6 students interested in playing this term in a Y5/6 flipperball team? Parents please contact Mrs
Stratton asap. Thanks. Newbies welcome. Ph: 021 777 firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t Forget! Mufti Day – Friday 11th May
Gold Coin donation for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in New Zealand. For more info about the work they
do, please visit: https://rmhc.org.nz/
SCHOOL WINTER RAFFLE
Our Winter Raffle is coming!!!
Watch this space for more news on the chance to WIN
a sunny travel escape!