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  Thursday 23 February 2017 Facebook share
 
 

Food for thought/Whakatauki (proverbs)

 

Mauri tū mauri ora

An active soul is a healthy soul.


 
 

utu: cost, price

He aha te utu o tēnei āporo?

What's the price of this apple?

                                     - this example uses he aha to ask what

 
 

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).

                                                  

WGP School Gala - 11 March 2017


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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 samantha.cranston@gmail.com or 021 527 965
to 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.


WATER FUN

  • 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.

DEVICES
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.

PASSION FRIDAYS
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 pressure.
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!

From Kevin

WALKING SCHOOL BUS
All 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 dthompson@wgp.school.nz if you have questions.

CHESS INTERSCHOOLS
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.

 
 

E-LEARNING DEVICE DEAL AND INFORMATION
Click here for information on how to order a Chromebook and accessories including the 12 month interest free information.

This offer is still available until the end of February so please take advantage of this low price if you haven't already.

You can find lots more valuable information to view on our website.

SETTING UP YOUR CHROMEBOOK
Click here to watch how to set up your Chromebook 



 

 

 
 

ATTENTION PARENTS
We have received an email regarding safety in the Edith Hopper carpark....... ...
I have safety concerns in the Edith Hopper Car Park. While it's awesome parents are using it it may be time for a reminder of the safety aspect of the car park. A number of children are riding or walking through the car park with out looking or using the foot paths (walking behind reversing) there have been a number of near misses and with the HBC netball twilight and winter seasons about to start it will only get busier. Also maybe if parents didn't park in the netball centre reserved car parks it may not be so congested. We at HBC netball are happy to place cones out on our carpark if that will help.

WHANGAPARAOA SCHOOL NETBALL COMMITTEE MEETING
Monday 27 February 2017 at 7.00pm in the School Conference Room.
Looking for new members, all welcome to come along and be part of this exciting Netball Committee for 2017. Any queries please contact the office. 

GREEN TOMATOES NEEDED
We need green tomatoes to make Green Tomato Relish to sell at the School Gala. If you can assist, please bring the tomatoes into the school office. Thanks.

SUMMER UNIFORM 
We have 2 x Size 4 summer shirts  left over from our December bulk order. If you would like to purchase any of these items contact the school office. Thanks.

UNIFORM SHOP
The uniform shop is open every 2nd Wednesday from 10.15 - 11.00am and on the Orientation days from 10.15 - 11.00am.

FRIDAY CAFE
The cafe is back THIS Friday outside B block. Come and get a nice cool treat for the whole family! The funds this week will 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!

 

 

Upcoming Events

 
 

WHOLE SCHOOL
ASSEMBLY
WEETBIX TRYATHLON PRESENTATION  ON COURTS OUTSIDE 2.45PM

 

INTERSCHOOL CHESS TOURNAMENT
SCHOOL CHESS TEAM TO TOURNAMENT FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY

 

YEAR 5/6 SWIMMING SPORTS
LEISURE CENTRE THURSDAY 9 MARCH

 

 

BOT News

NEXT BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING: Thursday 23 February 7pm in the staffroom.

 

 

PFA News

WGP School Gala - 11 March 2017


GET INVOLVED AND HAVE SOME FUN!

Volunteers
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 samantha.cranston@gmail.com or 021 527 965 to add your name to our list!

Donations
We will be holding Mufti Days, and asking for donations over the coming weeks - please have a look at the Request List that we will be sending home with your child. Pop it on the fridge and start cleaning out those cupboards!

WHITE ELEPHANT / BOOKS / CLOTHING / TOYS - can be dropped off at the back of the school hall from Monday 13th onwards. (please nothing broken or damaged, no TVs / large furniture / computer equipment / shoes / expired car seats)

Raffle Tickets
Gala Raffle Tickets should have home with your child. $2 a ticket for a chance to win some fantastic prizes that have been donated for the Gala. See more here.

Next PFA Meeting: Wednesday 22 March 2017 at 7:30pm in the staffroom. All Welcome.

Warren Rogers

PFA President

 

 

 



Community Notices

GIRLS RIPPA RUGBY SIGN UP AT SILVERDALE RFC View details here

HBC JUNIOR FOOTBALL 2017
Register at www.hbcafc.org.nz For more information email info@hbcafc.org.nz

KIDSLINK CREATING CONFIDENT KIDS SEMINAR View details here

DRUM LESSONS
Drum Lessons at Whangaparaoa Primary School with Pete Warren. For further info pvfwarren@windowslive.com

CARTOONING LESSONS
Early evenings at Whangaparaoa Primary School with Luke Wesbonk for Year 3-6 students.  More details here.

TOOLBOX PARENTING GROUP
Age group: Middle Years (6-12) Venue: Whangaparaoa Baptist Church 733 Whangaparaoa Rd Whangaparaoa Start date: Thursday 23rd February for 6 weeks. Time: 7.00pm –9pm $75 per person or $110 per couple. Subsidies available. Contact: Carolyn Hanson, Auckland North Parenting Place Coordinator on aucklandnorth@parentingplace.nz
or 021 217 7496.

CREATIVE CHILDREN'S PAINTING
With Artist Jo Bain www.jobain.co.nz. Classes 3.20 - 4.30pm - spaces available. If you wish to join us, it is for 4 - 9 years old $17 a class. Held at the Art Lab - (pay only for what you attend this term - 6 lessons left in term 1). Term 2 bookings open. Contact Jo at bainwhanga@gmail.com Ph: 09 424 3677

JUNIOR RUGBY PLAYER REGISTRATION  For all new and existing players. J1 – J6 Rugby Players, Rippa Rugby Players for girls and boys 5-7 years. Girls Rippa Rugby Players 7-13 years. 2016 players will receive a personalized registration form via email. (Check your junk mail). If you don’t receive it or are new to the club: Register online here All players MUST attend a registration evening to weigh in and make payment. Registration evenings at Silverdale United Rugby & Sports Club
Monday 27 February, Tuesday 28 February , Wednesday 1 March 6.00pm - 8.00pm. Players must be turning 5 by 30 June 2017 to be eligible to play.

Fees: $90 per player, $135 for 2 or more players from the same family.
NHRU levy of $25 pp will also apply.
Please contact Janine Rutter 09 426 5605 or junior@silverdalerugby.co.nz
for any further enquiries. Come join the fun at Silverdale Rugby Club.

   









 

 
 
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