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  Thursday 08 November 2018 Facebook share

Motto:
To be the best
we can be

Kia eke ki nga taumata

Vision:
Connect Challenge Empower
Hono - Whakatara
- Whakamana

Mission:
Together we inspire learning
Whakahui, whakamanawa, tatou, ako

O R C A

Ownership
Rangatiratanga

Respect 
Manaakitanga

Collaborate 
Whanaungatanga

Achieve 
Ako

Food for Thought/ Whakatauki (proverbs)

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Community Notices

 

Dear Parents and Students,

LEARNING ASSISTANTS

This week is the last week that most of our learning assistants will be working with their classes. We are the only school I know that provides this extra support for our teachers and our learners. I would like to thank the BOT for their support with this initiative and making it one of the priorities in our budget.

On behalf of our staff and community, I would like to thank our LA's for the wonderful job they do. Their commitment to the children and helping them learn is substantial. Their support in the class to help the children engage in their learning when the teacher is teaching their groups is extremely helpful. Lastly their work to jump beside our teachers and use their talents to help our children is appreciated. We will miss you over the next 6 weeks.

IMPORTANT DATES

  1. Next WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 from 7 - 8.15pm, we will have our Term 4 community meeting. This meeting will cover areas like : class levels, teachers and classrooms for 2019; meet the teacher on day 1, 2019; changes for 2019: end of year assemblies, reports, stationery, class placement and a few other things. Hope you can put some time aside to be there.
  2. ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 at 9am, 2pm and 6.30pm we invite our parents to meetings in the staffroom to find out more about Collaboration and Collaborative Classrooms. Come along and join us at these meetings and be well informed.
  3. TOMORROW we are having a whole school mufti day for our Year 6 students who are hoping to raise some funds to organise a special end of year graduation event with their families. Students who wear mufti will be asked to contribute a gold coin.

TEACHERS STRIKE MONDAY 12 NOVEMBER

NEXT MONDAY The NZEI, which is the teachers union, has advised the Whangaparaoa School Board of Trustees that teachers from our school will be taking strike action for a full day on Monday 12 November 2018.

The Board has considered the availability of teaching staff, and we are unable to provide enough teaching cover during the strike. The school will therefore need to close for the day.

It is important that parents make alternative arrangements for the care of your child/children on the day of the strike. We know that this is inconvenient for parents and students alike, but please be assured that student safety is our main concern.

Whangaparaoa School After School Care will operate on the 12 November 2018 for the Teachers Strike Day. Hours: 7.30 am - 5.30 pm. Contact Karen Ph. 021 705 804 or email karen@wgpasc.co.nz for any inquires, costs or bookings. VERY LIMITED SPACES. NB: Children must be pre-booked and please note you will have to pre-pay for this care. Thank you for your understanding.

If you have any queries relating to this decision please direct them to trustees@wgp.school.nz

Yours sincerely,
Brad Gibbons
On behalf of the Whangaparaoa School Board of Trustees.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION
In preparing for next year we would like to let you know that our school will be going online for your stationery and uniform requirements. This means that parents will place their orders through their devices and your purchases will be delivered to your home. More information on how this system works will follow in mid November.

GREAT DEAL ON DEVICES
Noel Leeming have once again given us a fantastic deal on a chromebook computer. If you are a year 2 parent or just looking for a great computer for your child, click here for an awesome device & deal.

Have a great week everyone.
Kevin

YR 6 ROAD PATROL PARAKAI POOLS - 10 DECEMBER 2018
Just a reminder to children attending, that forms and payment must be made before the 14 November.Please note: Mr Steel will need at least 8 parent helpers to attend this trip to comply with the EOTC Health and Safety regulations.

BEY BLADE/POKEMON LUNCH TIME CLUB ON FRIDAY
One of our lunch time clubs is a place for students who love Pokémon and Bey blades to get together and battle or swap. You may want to remind your younger children who are interested so they don't forget to pack their things. Please don't bring anything too precious or expensive and remind students they cannot bring out their toys during class time. The club is in T3 in Tindalls block every Friday lunch with Mrs Stratton

PFA CARE FUND
There are times that school families are faced with a traumatic situation, such as critical illness or unexpected bereavement. The PFA offers support to some of these families by way of petrol vouchers, childcare, food vouchers or similar. To ensure we can continue this, and have a discrete pot of money available, the PFA has decided to hold one fundraising event a year dedicated to raising money for the Care Fund. If you are aware of a family who is coping with a traumatic situation and you would like the PFA to provide some assistance, please speak to a member of the PFA or a member of staff who can point you in the right direction. We know that we can’t work miracles, but we hope that by supporting these families, we can ease some of the burden.

Thanks to everyone who supported our movie night!

It really was a great movie and lots of fun - with ticket sales and donations we raised $400 towards the Care Fund - WELL DONE!!!

STUDENT SUCCESSES

*EPro8 Engineering Challenge

*Sustainability Challenge

*Police Helicopter Visit

To be the best we can be
 
Whangaparaoa School | 39 Ladies Mile | Whangaparaoa
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