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  Thursday 18 May 2017 Facebook share
 

Food for thought/Whakatauki (proverbs)

 
 

He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai

If kindness is sown then kindness you shall receive

kei: preposition, present time and place location - at, in

Kei hea koe? Where are you? - this example uses hea to ask where

Kei Disneyland au i nāianei!  I’m at Disneyland at the moment! - this is an example of a locative sentence

 
 

WESTPAC HELICOPTER
ANNUAL APPEAL MUFTI DAY
On Friday May 26 we will have a mufti day to raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter annual appeal. Dress in mufti - wear a wig or facial hair - Please bring along a gold coin donation to support this much needed service.


 

EDUCATION PIECE
In weeks coming up we are going to try and include an education piece. This could be highlighting why we do things (there are many new families and keeping them informed is important), answering a parent request topic, or reporting on something current that is happening in education. If you have anything you would like to know more about, send an email through to the office.

HOMEWORK
At Whangaparaoa School we believe that after a full day of learning children need to go home and have the opportunity to rest, relax or enjoy family time and other learning opportunities like sport, martial arts, culture, dance, art or other hobbies. We think that sending children home to do work and making it compulsory places unnecessary pressure on children and their families. We think children should have time to be children, to play, to have fun and to be fresh for the next day. As a matter of interest there is no evidence that shows setting homework between 5 and 10 years will result in academic improvement.

We recommend children talking about their learning at home, we recommend reading and sharing a book, we recommend doing anything to prepare well for tomorrow so that it is a success. If children choose to do some work, that is fantastic, if you want to do more work with your child that is your choice and there are plenty of great websites to explore. Please ask yourself though, “ do I like the thought of going home to work ?”

KAPA HAKA
Parents have been asking about kapa haka. We have had kapa haka happening in different forms this year which are advertised on the daily Panui at school. We are embracing a range of opportunities, including the traditional kapa haka. We have poi, ti rakau/sticks, whai/string games and waiata joining Passion Friday choices and students can attend without cost. We are always looking for talented whanau to join us in presenting Tikanga, Te Reo and Te Ao Maori to our school. If you know someone who can help us in this area please let Gordie Palmer know. We will be taking a group of performers to Whangaparaoa Public Library on 14 June to celebrate Matariki.

MILK
A couple of parents have been asking about milk organisation. With the work we are doing on classes and learning environments the milk space has been captured for this need. We are also reviewing the organisation as it did impact on children's learning time and it does create a workload for staff. If you would like to discuss organisation for milk and would be prepared to help please email kcronin@wgp.school.nz

PROPERTY
We have had incidents of children's clothing and shoes going missing. We ask that if parents see any items come home with your child that are not your childs, please do the right thing and return it to the teacher. Please ensure all uniform items are clearly named.

COULD THIS BE YOU?
If you are a creative person who is artistic and would enjoy designing visuals to represent our school vision and values, please give the office your details. If you have anything you would like to know more about, please send an email to admin@wgp.school.nz

STUDENTS WRITING

The Surfer
Bro, look that wave
I’m gonna surf it
Board under hand

Paddle, paddle, paddle
Stand and surf #boardready
I grab my board
Under the wave
It gets lower and lower
Out I come
I am the champion #bestdayever

By Max Cockayne (Year 3 A3)

E-LEARNING MEETING
On Wednesday 31 May from 6.30 to 7.30pm in the school staffroom there will be a parent information evening presenting how we are progressing on our journey with e-Learning. The agenda for the evening will be:
- What we have achieved so far!
- Teacher tools.
- Google Apps for Education.
- Student tools for learning - sites / apps.
- The SAMR model for integrating technology.
- Good sites for learning at home.

NETSAFE
On Wednesday 7 June, there will be a parent evening with a presentation by NetSafe. The purpose of this evening is to help parents with aspects of keeping students safe online. Time: 7.00 to 8.00pm Venue: School Staffroom. The presentation will cover:
- Digital Safety / Citizenship.
- Tips for keeping safe online at home.
- Things to be aware of /keep in mind for families to keep children safe online.

TERM 2 LEARNING CELEBRATION
On Wednesday 24 May, our school will finish at 12.30pm so we can have a learning celebration afternoon and evening with our parents.

Two important pieces of information: 
1. Our children are currently working very hard so they can present their learning to parents next week. If this day and circumstances mean you just can’t make it into school, the children can have the option of presenting their learning to Gordie, Warren, Barbara or Kevin. The child can let the class teacher know if they would like to do this.
2. The learning celebration is a special time for the child and their parents to share learning. Siblings are welcome to play in the grounds away from the classes or they can go to the library and they will be supervised by Mrs Taylor.

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. Booking information here and further information here.

2018 TERM DATES: View dates here.

SCHOOL PAINTING WORKING BEE
Last Saturday a group of parents volunteered to help with some work (mainly painting) around our school. This Saturday, May 20, we would like to ask if there are some parents who could give us a couple of hours to help finish off the work we started. We need a few more helpers to do some painting in the afternoon from 1.30pm for 2 - 2.5 hours. If you are available to lend a hand can you please let Helen know by email at hbrown3690@gmail.com. Thanks.

Have a great week everyone!
From Kevin


FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF THE SCHOOL
Do any of you have a contact that would be available to give the school advice on drainage. Then a quotation for completion of works. This would be appreciated.
Contact Troy towen@wgp.school.nz or Ph: 021366042.

LUCKY BOOK ORDERS: Lucky Book orders close this Friday 19 May.

CHESS COACHING
We have a qualified chess coach available to come to school on Thursday lunchtimes in B9. If you would like your child to learn new skills and tricks and practice their chess game please fill in the form attached here or email dthompson@wgp.school.nz. There is a charge for the tutoring on Thursdays to cover the cost of the coach - approx $12-$15 per week depending on numbers. This will be confirmed by email once numbers are clear. Please note: This is separate to the free chess club run at school on Tuesday lunchtimes - anyone is welcome then from beginners to experts. Children can come to both if they want.

CHARGING OF CHROMEBOOKS
A reminder that students need to charge their Chrome Books overnight ready for the start of the school day. Thanks.

                

FOSTER HOPE PYJAMA DRIVE
Every year Foster Hope runs a Pyjama Drive to collect new pyjamas for children who are placed in foster care. Many of the 5,000 children in foster care in NZ each year have never had a brand new pair of pyjamas of their very own and knowing that someone has shopped for them is a huge boost to their self-esteem. Some foster children tend to feel like a bit like second hand kids themselves and anything we can do to help them feel loved, valued and have a positive experience can make a big difference.
Foster Hope aims to collect 5,000 pairs of new pyjamas in 2017. New pyjamas, from size 0 – 16 are needed, especially sizes 12-16.
Pyjamas can be dropped into the Whangaparaoa Primary School office, and will be passed onto our children in need. Thank you for making a huge difference to these kids!

UKULELE / RECORDER LESSONS
These are continuing in Term 2 on Friday mornings. There is a cost of $30 per term. For further details contact Leigh Truebridge email: ltruebridge@wgp.school.nz

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

 

 

Upcoming Events

 
 

WHOLE SCHOOL
ASSEMBLY THIS WEEK
2.20PM

 

 RUGBY LEAGUE TOURNAMENT SUNNYNOOK PARK
TUESDAY 23 MAY

 

PHOTOLIFE INDIVIDUAL AND CLASS PHOTOS

MONDAY 29 & TUESDAY 30 MAY

 

 

BOT News

NEXT BOT MEETING: Tuesday 23 May in the school Staffroom at 7.00pm.

 

 

PFA News

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

 

We have had some great recipes in at the end of last year and have been busy sampling them all but we need more.

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
 

We are hoping to receive a wide variety of recipes so feel free to send more than one. 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, teachers and their families.


The next PFA meeting is at 7.30pm Wednesday 31 May in the staff room.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Warren Frogley at wazzafrog@gmail.com

Warren Frogley
PFA President

 

 



Community Notices

HOSPICE ART EXHIBITION AND SALE
Queen's Birthday Weekend 1st - 5th June 2017. Estuary Arts Centre, 214 Hibiscus Coast Highway Orewa.
View more information here.  

HIBISCUS COAST ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLUB
Hibiscus Coast Football Club have a range of programmes for all ages. 
View further information here.

POWERHOOPING
Powerhooping Saturday mornings in the school hall from 10am - 11am. Beginners welcome. 1st class FREE to any parent. Please phone Margaret 09 428 4817. This is necessary to book a place as places are limited. Would love to see you there.

WHANGAPARAOA COLLEGE ENROLMENT INFORMATION 2018
Enrolment information for students who will attending Year 7 in 2018 can be viewed here.

SPANISH LESSONS
Spanish lessons at Whangaparaoa Primary School on Thursdays after school from 3.00 pm. Please contact Cristina for more info Ph: 021 073 4528

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

 






 
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