Welcome to term 2 and an exciting term of learning and opportunities at Whangaparaoa School. We
hope you all had some great family time and fun together over the last two weeks. Our schoolwide
inquiry this term unpacks the concept of “Change” in a science context. We have learning celebration
time in week 4 this term with our families. Your children will be working hard to present their
learning to you - where they are at, their goals and their proud moments to date. We hope you
can take some time to share what they are doing and where they are going.
Looking after our teachers - We are very lucky to have committed and hard working teachers in our
school. We have systems and people in place to observe, support and develop our teachers to
be the best they can be. Every staff member in our school has things they want to work on to
try and be better at what they do. Please realise, that as much as they want to, they can not
be all things to all people. To help them in their job, they have a buddy teacher, a team leader,
a management person and curriculum coaches. These people go into rooms regularly to work with
the teachers and these positions are held by staff who have considerable experience and success
in schools. These people also know the teacher and their current workload and pressures. With
this in mind they give our teachers feedback and feedforward to help them grow.
We are lucky to have caring parents in our community who are frequently asking what they can do
to help. Here are a couple of suggestions.
- If your child has learning concerns ask the teacher how you can help them and work together
as a team to help your child.
- If your child comes home with a worrying statement, please find out all sides of the story
before jumping to conclusions. Your child will see things from their perspective which
can be very different to others’ perspectives.
- When your child comes home and you want to ask about school, ask for a highlight in the day
or a positive thing they did to make someone else’s day,
what they thought their best effort was or did anything funny happen?
- Our teachers are all very different in terms of experience, curriculum strengths, sense of
humour, sporting expertise and personality. This is our strength as a
staff and why we select them. Please celebrate this with us.
Next Tuesday 9 May, weather permitting, we will be having a Tsunami Drill. If your child suffers
from anxiety around these emergency evacuation practices please discuss this with them.
COMMUNITY OF LEARNING NEWSLETTER
Our school has been invited to work with other schools on the Hibiscus Coast and form a Community
of Learning (COL). Please find attached a newsletter that outlines the reasons for forming
a COL and information about our COL. Also attached is the opportunity for someone to enter
a competition and create a logo for our new COL. View newsletter here. Click here for Logo Competition
Passion Fridays commences in week two and there is much to look forward to during Term 2. We
have had lots of enquiries about people wishing to participate this term, so if your child
is keen and you have not yet returned a form to us now is the time to do it.
We ask that these be filled in by Monday 8th May at the latest please so we can add them to the
list ready to start next week. Please fill out the form attached to this newsletter and hand
it into the office or alternatively email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. View Details Here
TERM 2 LEARNING CLELBRATION
On Wednesday 24 May, our school will finish at 12.30pm so we can have a learning celebration afternoon and evening with our parents.
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.
- Students will lead this celebration time.
- There will be between 5 and 10 minutes time planned for the teacher to share with each student
- If there are bigger matters that need discussing, these need to be deferred to a separate meeting
- The student should be a key person in this time. Our belief is that if the discussion is about
the student, their learning and wellbeing, then they need to be involved.
- If there is something personal that you would like to discuss only with the teacher, please
let the teacher know.
- In the time, your child will have lots to share with you.
- There will be up to 5 other families in the room at the same time sharing their child’s learning
- If your child gives you all the information you need, it is your choice whether you take up
the time with the teacher, or not.
- Our staff are working from 12.30 to 8pm to provide this opportunity. Please look after them.
- On a rare occasion when we have a parent come in who is upset about something; our advice is
– Respect the Person.“The problem is the problem; the person is never the problem”
- Control your emotions and think “How can I help?”
- Book a separate time with the teacher.
HOW TO BOOK A LEARNING CELEBRATION TIME?
- Go to the website www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter our school code: k23pp
- You will need your child’s 2017 year, classroom, and name of teacher, to complete your booking.
- Enter these details and choose a time that suits you. You will receive an emailed confirmation
of your booking.
- If you are unable to complete your booking online, please either:
- Email email@example.com with child/rens names
and preferred times or
- Call into the school office and fill out a booking sheet.
- A brochure outlining what to expect, frequently asked questions and how you can make this a
successful and positive experience can be viewed here.
YOU MUST COLLECT YOUR CHILD AT 12.30PM UNLESS THEY ARE BOOKED INTO AFTER SCHOOL CARE
AFTER SCHOOL CARE
If you have a regular booking on Wednesday - you are automatically booked into After School Care.
There may be a few casual places on that day available - please contact Karen on 021 705 804
to put your name on the list.
If you have been into school you would have seen that once again our hard working property team
of Troy and Graham have been upgrading our environment and organising wall coverings in Tindalls,
a deck for the bike container, new lino for many classes, new basketball backboards, new sinks
and cupboards for a couple of rooms, modern learning furniture for many rooms, painting of
lines for outdoor games, sandpit work, new toilet roll and soap dispensers, gutter care and
electrical tagging to name a few things. We had 18 contractors in our school over the holidays
working on various projects to make our school a better place. We are very lucky to have such
a committed property team who want to make a difference to our environment. Thanks Troy and
OUTDOOR PAINTING WORKING BEE
The school is beginning to look really great and refreshed with its newly painted classrooms
and some of the old fixtures removed. However we think we could make it look even better with
a touch of colour and paint to some of the seats and benching around the school. We would therefore
like to organise a parents working bee over a weekend in May in an effort to make the rest
of the school look beautiful! If you are keen to lend a hand, please drop us an email with
your availability over the weekends of 13/14th and 20/21st May and we will be in touch!
Thanks Helen and Rick. firstname.lastname@example.org
MEDIA RELEASE PLEASE READ
Below is an article from the President of the New Zealand Principals Federation. This is an issue
all schools in New Zealand (including our schools on the Hibiscus Coast) are facing. With election
year it will be interesting to hear what solutions parties are offering as this issue effects
our children directly, or indirectly. View article here