Dear Parents and Students
We are already into week 4 and teachers are sharing how much they are enjoying their classes. EVERYONE tells me that they have the best class ! One of our key goals this year is that every child feels safe and happy at our school. If we succeed with this, we know there is a great opportunity for learning to happen. We ask parents to let the teachers know if there are any concerns early, so we can nip any potential worries in the bud.
Todays newsletter is jam packed with information.
The Board of Trustees would like to bring your attention to the following advertisement.
BUILD DIGITAL TRUST
A superb article on using devices for an excellent purpose and how parents can work with their child to build digital
trust and competency together. View article here.
HIGH 5 THANK YOU
- Warren Steel and his bike maintenance team who work tirelessly to make sure our bike container and bikes are
in tip top condition for children to use.
- Netball committee, who are already giving their time to plan for another successful season.
- Teacher aides, who work with our students and teachers to enable and maximise learning.
- To our PFA who always work really hard, over and above their busy lives, to raise funds that help our school
environment be a better place for children.
- Logan Geeves and staff who are always helping to pack lots of PE options and activity into every school day.
We would like to inform you that this year we are going to do our very own school triathlon. We will be encouraging every child to participate and give it a go. Details of the event are as follows:
WHY : Fitness, fun and challenge.
WHEN : Tuesday, March 20. Back-up day is Wednesday, March 28.
WHAT : Run, bike and swim. If children do not have a bike, they may be able to borrow a friends
of another age group. We also have a limited number of school bikes available. If a child is not a competent
swimmer they can use a flutterboard and people will be there to help them.
WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR : All children who are participating in the triathlon can wear sport mufti
to school this day. They will also need togs, towel and athletic shoes. Students MUST WEAR SHOES WHILE RUNNING
AND CYCLING. They are allowed to wear togs in the running and cycling sections - girls must wear full swimsuits
(no bikinis) and boys must wear a t shirt with their togs. While cycling all students must wear helmets.
WHO : All students. There will be a triathlon for each year group, as well as a boys and girls
event at each year level. Students will be encouraged to support and help each other so all children finish
safely and feel good about competing in the event. At the finish line the children will get a few jellybeans
and a piece of fruit for their efforts. If you do not want us to do this for your child, let the class teacher
WHERE : In school and on footpaths around our school. No child will need to cross a road. Maps
for each year group are attached. View maps here.
Every child who gives the triathlon a go will earn a point for their superteam. A superteam is two neighbouring
The year 5 and 6 events will run from 9.30am to 11. The year 3 and 4 events will run from 11.30am to 1pm. The year
1 and 2 events will run from 1.45pm to 3pm.
Parents are welcome to come and support the children, but must stay off the course due to safety reasons.
We are looking forward to the event and supporting our students through this challenge.
KIA ORA TE WHANAU
If you would like some fun and laughter this weekend then tune in to What
Now TV2 on Sunday morning 8am - 10am to see one of our teachers being gunged by some fabulous Whangaparaoa
Students. If you want to be a part of the audience at Victor Eaves Park then visit the What Now website for
tickets....Enjoy your weekend.
GIFTED LEARNERS and COGNITIVE ABILITY SCREENING TESTS
Each year since 2009 Whangaparaoa
School has offered Cognitive Ability screening (using the Woodcock Johnson III tests of cognitive ability)
to further help identify our gifted students - those with high cognitive ability. Read more here...
PAYMENT RECEIPTS FOR DONATIONS AND ACTIVITIES2018 NETBALL REGISTRATIONS for Year 3 - 6
Our school is currently changing accounting systems.This
process is taking a little longer than expected, causing the delay of receipting your payments. We will ensure
that all receipts are completed before the end of March and appreciate your understanding and patience.
Year 3 and 4 Wednesday 7th March at 3pm in O2
Year 5 and 6 Thursday 8th March at 3pm in O2
Final day for sign up on Wednesday 14 March @ 3pm in O2
Registration forms are coming home this week
**Please look out for registrations forms coming home this week**
IT'S JUST 2 WEEKS UNTIL GALA DAY!
Putting on an event like this is a team effort and we have some exciting sponsorship opportunities for local businesses
who would like to get involved. Whether you can support with cash, goods in kind or prizes, we’d love to hear
We also have lots of things that need to be done behind the scenes, and of course on the day. If you would like
get get involved in the schools biggest fundraiser we'd love to have your help.
This week Class Reps will be contacting your class, so look out for their email and how you can be involved in this fun filled day for our school community.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll contact you to discuss further. Thank you!!