MUFTI DAY TOMORROW FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY
Dress in mufti and bring along a bottle for our Gala Day. Soft Drinks, Condiments (mustards, oils, pickles etc), Alcohol (to the office please).
Can you donate an hour of your time to volunteer on the day?
Make new friends and great connections, whilst supporting the school and having
a whole lot of fun! We need over 200 parent / family helpers on the day to make it a success - can you be a part of that?
Contact Sam on firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 527 965
add your name to our list!
CYCLE TRACK CELEBRATION - Wednesday 1st March at 2.30pm
Wheels Day - Decorate and bring Wheels if you want to - bikes, scooters, skateboards.
All welcome to attend from 2.30pm. Invited guests from funding organisations,
including the PFA and others who have helped get this project completed will
be asked to cut the ribbon. Then children and adults will be invited to cycle,
scoot or walk the track.
- Next week each vertical learning community is invited to have a water fun day where they can
bring a water gun or water bottle to school for a water battle at lunchtime.
- Monday - T1, T2, T3, T4, M3 and M4 have their opportunity. On Tuesday B3, B4, B5, B6, B7 and
B8. On Wednesday O1, O2, O3, O4, B1 and B2. On Thursday A1, A2, A3, A4, A5 and A6. On Friday
L3, L4, L5, M1 and M2. Please note, no water balloons are allowed. The water guns or bottles
will come to the child’s classroom and stay there until lunchtime. They then use them,
return them to the classroom and at 3pm take them home. There will be safety rules for
students - caps and goggles can be useful.
Thank you very much parents for your patience and working with us to
bring devices into the school. It is a big initiative and we will be taking small steps with
our students and teachers to grow into how we can best use devices to support student learning.
We had some initial teething issues on Monday trying to get everyone set up, but thanks to
Warren Steel, Mark Shearer, teachers and Total Team Solutions we are moving forward. Thanks
also to the parents who are emailing us, giving us feedback and letting us know of any concerns.
By working together, we will be way more effective in achieving our e-learning goals.
We have received lots of positive feedback and lots of questions
as we step forward to create some extra opportunities for students. Please realise this is
the start of a bigger picture where, as the year progresses, we hope to expand the range of
options to include sporting, cultural, arts and other endeavours. Many of these activities
will be taken by staff and not incur a charge.
Commonly asked questions are:
Q. Do children have to do this ?
A. No, this is an opportunity for students to extend their experience in an area they have
a passion for.
Q. What happens to the students who do not take up these options ?
A. They will stay in their classroom and learning community.
Q. Why can’t they do these activities at lunchtime ?
A. Time and lack of space make this difficult. We need to fit in with tutors’ timetables and
commitments. Many of these options need a greater span of time than the break time allows.
We are also trying to make Fridays a different day from Monday to Thursday where reading, writing,
maths and inquiry dominate. School events like muftis, assemblies, theme days and Jump Jam,
will mostly be on Fridays too. Our aim is to finish the school week with a real buzz about
the place and have children excited about their passions and getting back to school next week.
Q. Why are we having to pay ?
A. There are options where no payment is needed. These will increase as the year progresses.
In order to acquire people who have different skillsets for the students to learn from, we
need to pay the tutors of these options. The Ministry do not give us any more staffing other
than the class teachers.
Q. What happens with children who have talent in an area and the family is currently under financial
A. Most of these activities will be introduced in class. If a teacher sees that a student has
awesome skills in an area, and knows they are restrained by finance to take up an option, they
will let the organisers know and we will endeavour to support these students into the option.
Q. Why Peaches and Pickles and are they going to make a lot of money out of this ?
A. Peaches and Pickles staff are known by us and also parents in our community. They came to
us with the concept of how we could expose students to more of the Performing Arts options.
We also realised that we wanted to increase the options for students in this area.
Peaches and Pickles are working with our school and the payments made by parents, pay for the tutors
of the options.
PLEASE NOTE STUDENT RETURN FORMS ARE DUE TO THE OFFICE TOMORROW
Have a great week everyone!
WALKING SCHOOL BUS
welcome - no charge. A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school together
supervised by adults. It’s a great way to get to know others in your community, learn road
safety skills, and start the day a healthy way.
MANLY VILLAGE WALKING SCHOOL BUS is up and running (walking!)again. It will
leave daily (weather permitting) at 8.30am from the corner of Rawhiti Rd and Brixton, walking
down Rawhiti Rd and Zealandia, entering school through the walkway. Anyone is welcome to join,
parent helpers welcomed. Thanks Krista Dedden for co-ordinating this route. Sign up here if
you would like to join. https://goo.gl/forms/5TvnooxLnNT32Ggk2
PLAZA WALKING SCHOOL BUS HAS STARTED - walking Monday -Thursday. Sign up your
kids on the link below. Meet outside Westpac at the plaza at 8.15am to leave at 8.20am. Thanks
to the ladies who have stepped up to start this - Julie O’Mara, Meryn Straker, Chantelle de
Beer, and Elaine Randell. More parents are welcome to join - your help is always appreciated.
Sign up here https://goo.gl/forms/sw4JfzNaWSq00QQ62
MORETON DRIVE WALKING SCHOOL BUS IS STARTING UP - planning to walk Tuesdays and
Fridays at the moment. Please contact Debbie Thompson email@example.com if you have questions.
Friday 24th Feb - meet in B9 at 8.55am - we will be leaving
at 9am. Please wear full correct uniform as we are representing our school.