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  Thursday 16 February 2017 Facebook share
 
 

Food for thought/Whakatauki (proverbs)

 

Kāhore taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini

We cannot succeed without the support of those around us


 
 

Pupuri (puritia): to hold, to grasp

Puritia ngā taha o te waka kei taka koe! 

Hold on to the sides of the waka lest you fall!

 
     

 

 

WELCOME CELEBRATION!

Tomorrow, Friday 17 February from 10.00-11.00 am, all parents are invited to join their children and teachers here at school to welcome our new children, families and staff. The focus of this occasion is on bringing us all together as one big family and enjoying a successful year together.

There will be a few speeches and waiata followed by everyone sharing morning tea together.

To support this occasion our Learning Communities will be asking students to provide a small plate of nice food to share.

PERFORMING ARTS ASSEMBLY AND INFORMATION
This year we are going to introduce a range of different learning opportunities for our students on Fridays. We are going to start with focussing on the Performing Arts. Peaches and Pickles are excited about the opportunity to join with us in offering a broad range of options. If you want to find out more, come to our assembly Friday 17 February at 2.15pm as Peaches and Pickles will be sharing their programme information and you can meet the tutors. If you can't make it, we will get some information to you. View presentation here by clicking on slide show.

 

PASSION FRIDAYS
As this year progresses we are aiming to introduce a range of options on a Friday that will allow students to discover or develop a passion. Please note that students do not have to choose these options, class programmes will still run. We are starting with the performing arts and there is an assembly tomorrow at 2.15pm highlighting the options. On Monday next week a flier will come home with information about the options and your opportunity to enrol. Here is some information

WHY : To provide students with the opportunity to engage in a range of performing arts options to help them discover or develop a talent.

WHAT :

Drama - acting, speech and drama, theatresports, film

Dance - hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap, Irish, stretch, leaps and turns

Music - junior and senior choir, orchestra, band jam, keyboard, guitar, music production

WHERE : Whangaparaoa School

WHEN : The options will run over the first 2 blocks on a Friday. Initially there will be a short 4 week course. After that, the options will run for a term. The exceptions are choir, orchestra and band which will run for the year.

WHO : We are working closely with Peaches and Pickles. We will also involve staff, students and members of our community in the future.

COST : There will be no cost for some options, but other options there will need to be a charge to cover the costs of tutors. The costs will depend on the group size. Please refer to the flier next Monday.

COMMUNICATION
Just a reminder that every week there are two ongoing communications. The first is on a Monday when the class teacher, through the class blog will let you know the things that are happening in the class that week. The second is on Thursday when the school newsletter comes out with all the relevant schoolwide information.

E-LEARNING
Some parents have come to see us concerned with the complexity of the cybersafety agreement for students. We have relooked at this and totally agree. Attached please find a revised student agreement that aligns with our school values and is a lot more user friendly. If you have already signed the agreement given at the start of year meetings, great. If you didn’t like this agreement, hopefully this new one is better for you. Please let your teacher know. Our apologies for this as we thought it best to use a standard Netsafe form. View revised student agreement here.

Year 3 to 6 students are invited to start bringing their devices to school next Monday 20 February.

TREE MAINTENANCE
This is to inform you that the trees behind L-block have been identified by a tree consultant as a hazard to children's safety (both in our environment and the neighbouring kindy). We also have one tree close to the hall causing damage to cladding that will need to be removed, and a Norfolk pine that is dead will also need to be removed. (this is by the pedestrian access from the circle to the school). Removal of these trees will happen over the next two weekends, weather permitting.

Since last October there has been an ongoing issue with the trees at the front of the school on Ladies Mile. The school chose to seek professional advice including council consultants and our own personal consultants/arborists. Following this advice the school has decided to remove the large liquid ambers in front of B 3-4 and 7-8, and pedestrian access. These trees provide a health and safety problem for the school due to the debris and limbs they can lose in inclement weather. The tree removal will impact on the school so we intend to work with contractors to identify the best time for removal. Please be assured there will be a replanting and landscaping plan going forward.

LOCKDOWN
As a health and safety precaution schools must practice lockdown procedures in the event that there is something or someone in our environment that poses a threat to our school. We just wanted to let you know that we will be doing this next week, so if you wanted to talk to your child about it, you could. Lockdowns can happen when there are bees, dogs, weather, people and other things present in our environment that potentially make it unsafe. Please feel free to view the Lockdown Procedure that staff follow.

LEARNING ASSISTANT POSITIONS
After a successful trial of learning assistants at the end of last year, we are supporting our teachers and students with learning in the classroom this year by employing a learning assistant between two classes. 

Learning assistants will work up to 14 hours per week, preferably in the mornings and from Monday to Thursday. A learning assistant is like a teacher apprentice - someone who will learn on the job with their teachers and students. This year there will be professional development most weeks to support our learning assistants to enable them to make a difference to student learning. The main goal is to impact student achievement positively.
If this sounds like something you would love to do, then write a cover letter to kcronin@wgp.school.nz and outline a little about yourself, why you think this job is for you and list any experiences or qualifications you have for the position. Please note you will be paid for this work, between $18 and $20 depending on experience. The job will start in week 6 this term and finish in week 5, term 4.
Applications for learning assistant positions close on Monday 20 February 2017. If you have any questions, email Kevin at the address above.

TREES
We would like our students to have the opportunity to climb trees on our grounds that are identified as safe for climbing. We will mark these trees and talk to the children about managing their tree climbing. If you do not want your child to have this opportunity, can you let the office know via email by Monday 20 February 2017 please.

LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES
This week the students have enjoyed the opportunity for a lunchtime swim in their Vertical Learning Communities. Next week the water slide will be up and running again. Children who would like to participate need to bring their togs, a rash shirt and a towel.

ANY WORRIES OR CONCERNS
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE come and see us at the first sign of any concern so we can work together to be informed and help stop niggles before they grow into problems.
Any concerns in the classroom, please involve your child’s teacher straight away. Further concerns would be directed to the team leader of your child’s learning community and then the deputy principals.
If it is a school policy or school decision you are unhappy about or disagree with, bring it straight to Kevin, Barbara, Gordie or Warren.

EDUCATION REVIEW OFFICE COMPLETE REPORT View complete ERO report.

Have a great week everyone!

From Kevin


 
 

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 



 

 

 
 

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

SUMMER UNIFORM 
We have 5 x Size 4 and 2 x Size 14 summer shirts  left over from our December bulk order. If you would like to purchase any of these items contact the school office. Thanks.

LUCKY BOOK ORDERS
Lucky Book orders close Friday 17 February.

UNIFORM SHOP
The uniform shop is open every 2nd Wednesday from 10.15 - 11.00am (starting from Wednesday 15 February) 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
PERFORMING ARTS
FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2.20PM

 

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.

LOVE TO COOK??  WE NEED YOU  *** WANTED *** AMAZING RECIPES

 

Let's face it, we all love food. At Whangaparaoa School this is no different, food brings us together as a family, a classroom, an entire school and as a community!

Your school's PFA are embarking on a journey to create an amazing cookbook. With an emphasis on healthy, wholesome and fresh food, we would love to receive your recipes to our email address - wgpschoolcookbook@gmail.com

Initially we are asking for submissions under the following headings:

  • Lunchbox Ideas
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Brunch
  • Take a Plate
  • Sweet Things
  • Birthday Food
  • Entertaining
 

DEADLINE EXTENDED  - PLEASE SEND YOUR RECIPES ASAP

We are hoping that we receive a wide variety of recipes, including, but not limited to Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Sugar Free, and those traditional family favourites. Submissions that include a photo of the finished product would help when sorting recipes. Not every recipe will be included but we will do our best to provide a fantastic collection of dishes from our amazing students and their families. 

Next PFA Meeting: Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 7:30pm in the staff room. All Welcome.

Warren Rogers
PFA President

 

 



Community Notices

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

BELLO FLAUTO 
Descant recorder & Flute tuition. Beginners to grade 4. Arkles Bay - $40 per hour/ $25 per half hour. Lia Bell Ph: 09 428 5419
Mobile 021 0284 5478
Email: belloflauto@outlook.co.nz

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

VIOLIN TUITION
Students of all ages and abilities. Silverdale, Orewa, Whangaparaoa. Stanley Bolton - ARCM (Hons Performance - London), Ph: 09 424 7868 or 021 530 680 or stan.bolton@xtra.co.nz

CREATICE DANCE
Creative Dance Orewa offer Lyrical, Modern Jazz and Hip Hop classes. Enrol now at www.creativedanceorewa.co.nz or Ph 021 1193449.

ICE SKATING
So excited to announce the return of the Ice Skating to Coast Plaza Whangaparaoa.
Hope to see you all there this Thursday 16th to Sunday 19 February. Times 16-17th 4-7pm, and 18-19th 10am-4pm.  https://www.facebook.com/events/250090718773109/?ti=icl

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.

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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