PAY IT FORWARD MUFTI
Next Thursday 13 April we will finish the term with a school mufti day. The theme will be: come
dressed in something you love doing, your passion, your interest or maybe your dream of someone
or something you would like to be in the future. The charge for mufti is voluntary and any
money raised will go into a pay it forward account to help our families who may struggle to
afford technology, a decent lunch, Friday experiences or trips like camp.
FRIDAY CAFE - LAST CHANCE!!!!
The LAST Friday Cafe is on THIS Friday outside B block. Come and get a nice cool treat for the whole family! The funds will again go to the 7 Whangaparaoa students who have qualified for an international cheer competition by coming first in their ability level out of all age groups, that was over 40 teams!
REPORTING TO PARENTS 2017
This year we are looking at the way we report to parents in line with our learning vision of “Connect,
Our proposed format is:
Before School Starts
Getting to know you meetings with parents, teachers, and
Email to parents checking out how things are going.
Term 2-Week 4
Learning Celebration – See information below.
Term 2 Week 10
Written report in line with National Standards.
Term 3 Mid Term
Looking at the latest achievement results and setting learning
goals for the rest of the year.
Term 4 Week 10
Written report and summary of progress and achievement for
In Term 3 we will be asking parents to work with us and review our reporting schedule so it is
useful, succinct, timely and time efficient.
Please note: For the first three years the student is at school they will receive a progress report
in the month of their child's anniversary, as well as a mid year and end of year written report.
LEARNING CELEBRATION INTRODUCTION
At Whangaparaoa School we believe and see that the children are very capable. We have high expectations and have learnt not to underestimate children as they constantly surprise us when given opportunities.
Our teaching and learning vision of “Connect, Challenge, Empower”aligns itself well with this belief, and we aim
to empower our children to take responsibility for their learning and ultimately their lives. This means that
during teaching, children share in the process of knowing what the learning goal is, why they are learning
this and how they show that they have learnt it. We encourage them to talk about their learning, assess their
learning and to look at their work with reference to other models. The child can then work with their support
team (teachers and families) on next learning steps and ways to grow.
This year we are asking all our students to lead a learning celebration with their parents. Directly below
is a brief outline.
WHAT: Student Learning Celebration
WHEN: Wednesday 24 May 2017
On Wednesday 24 May, our school will finish at 12.30pm so we can have a learning celebration afternoon and evening
with our parents.
We are offering parents the opportunity to choose a 45-minute timeslot. In this time students will share their
learning, their goals, their proud moments, examples of their work and details of their classroom. The teacher
will also schedule a time slot per family (during the conference time) to answer any specific questions the
student or parents may have.
- Students will lead this celebration time.
- There will be between 5 and 10 minutes time planned for the teacher to share with each student and family.
- If there are bigger matters that need discussing, these need to be deferred to a separate meeting time.
- The student should be a key person in this time. Our belief is that if the discussion is about the student,
their learning and wellbeing, then they need to be involved.
- If there is something personal that you would like to discuss only with the teacher, please let the teacher
- In the other 30 minutes your child will have lots to share with you.
- There will be up to 5 other families in the room at the same time sharing their child’s learning journey.
- If your child gives you all the information you need, it is your choice whether you take the time with the
teacher, or not.
- Our staff are working from 12.30 to 7.30pm 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?”
HOW TO BOOK A LEARNING CELEBRATION TIME?
- Go to the website www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter our
school code: k23pp
- You will need your child’s 2017 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.
- A brochure outlining what to expect, frequently asked questions and how you can make this a successful and
positive experience can be viewed here.
YOU MUST COLLECT YOUR CHILD AT 12.30PM UNLESS THEY ARE BOOKED INTO AFTER SCHOOL CARE
AFTER SCHOOL CARE
If you have a regular booking on Wednesday - you are automatically booked
into After School Care. 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.
WRITING FROM THE HEART - A TIME WHEN I WAS SCARED
“Showing” my Feelings
I could hear the big waves crashing on the coral reef. I put my board on the water. I trembled across the coral reef. I could see a big, heavy wave coming towards me. A big wave smashed me on the back. I was held down for 3 waves. I finally popped up. I got one breath then it happened again. I thought I would die. I scrambled to the surface. I pulled my leg rope. My board came to me. I stayed calm and paddled out, then a MASSIVE set came from Temples. Everyone was scrambling out but I was on the inside still. I tried to paddle out but I didn’t make it. I tried to dive under but I couldn’t so I got smashed again. It tumbled me along the reef. My skin got shredded like a snake. Blood was squirting out like a hose. I got caught in a rip and got sucked out the Temples. I started to get really scared. Then a 30 foot set came past. I got smashed on the cliff. My board snapped and my heart stopped. I started to cry. The tide was coming in and everyone was going in. No one was out. I had to wait for six hours for the tide to go back out. I had no food or water for six hours. When the tide was low, I was dry and tired. My arms and legs felt like lead. Eventually, my Dad came and picked me up. I was relieved.
By Tommy Lodge Room A4
THE MEGA TSUNAMI - A TIME WHEN I WAS SCARED
“Showing” my Feelings
I woke up with the screaming sirens going. I was racing to my Dad and Mum’s room. My heart was pounding, so much stuff was going through my mind. We ran to the car and drove fast up the big hill. We got some food. But...I saw it coming. I was cuddling my Mum and Dad so tight. We were going faster and faster. The tsunami was coming closer and closer. I was crying so much. I was trembling like a leaf. I had knocking knees. The tsunami hit the beach. Everyone was screaming and running. Suddenly...our car didn’t work. I was so freaked out, it was so dark. It was only 5:56 in the morning. I thought I was going to die. I was in my pyjamas. I was so cold. I wish this had never happened. But finally, it stopped, it really stopped. The tsunami stopped!
By Boston Jones Room A4
UNIFORM REGULATIONS FOR THE COOLER WEATHER
For extra warmth, plain polypropylene or woollen thermal undergarments in plain navy blue, black or white may be
Black or blue tights (not leggings) may be worn with dresses and cullottes in winter.
Non School Jackets can be worn to and from school only.
Only plain black shoes, plain black trainers with plain black laces, or, plain black sandals with
heel straps, are permitted. High heel shoes and shoes above ankle height are not permitted. Shoes must be worn
to and from the school grounds and on school trips. Socks are to be plain black, plain navy blue or plain white.
See requirements below.
Any shoe with a white rim is not acceptable. The shoe must be plain black as you look at it from the front, back and side.
To view full Uniform Policy Click here
LAST DAY OF TERM ONE
Last day of this term is Thursday 13 April. School finishes at the normal
time of 3.00pm. Term 2 starts on Monday 1 May at 8.55am.
Have a great week everyone!
DO YOU HAVE A CHILD STARTING SCHOOL IN 2017?
We have quite a few siblings of current students
listed to start school this year. It would be a great help to us for confirming staffing for the rest of the
year if you could complete an enrolment form for your child as soon as possible. Please call into the office
to pick up an enrolment pack.
WHANGAPARAOA SCHOOL APRIL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
OUT NOW!! very limited spaces - Pick up a
copy from the office, at the hall during After School Care Sessions or email email@example.com
FLIPPA BALLPlease email Sarah Southcombe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021503234. Thank you.
The flippa ball league restarts on Sunday 7 May and
we are looking for Whangaparaoa children keen to play. There is a year 3 & 4 division and a year 5 &
6 division. All the games are played on Sunday evening at the Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre from 4.00pm. Please
let me know names and contact details of the child interested on or before the Thursday 13 April so that
we can enter the teams. Cost depends on the number of children we have in each team… But approximately
$40-45 per term.
The uniform shop is open every 2nd Wednesday from 10.15 - 11.00am and on the Orientation
days from 10.15 - 11.00am.