Dear Parents and Students,
TRAVELWISE GOLD AWARD
The annual TravelWise awards were held at The Cloud on Wednesday. There were 80 schools and over 700 students in
attendance at the ceremony.
Whangaparaoa School was awarded a gold award for our TravelWise efforts this year. Thanks everyone who has encouraged
and made wise travel choices this year. Further information and photos here.
NEXT WEDNESDAY - Community Meeting: 7PM in the hall.
Meet the new teachers, hear the changes.
Find out about the exciting ideas for our school in 2018.
School opens for students at 8.30am. This is the time for students to start coming to school.
They should be at school by 8.50am, ready to start learning. 8.30am is also when we ask our teachers to make
their way to their rooms, to meet their students. Before 8.30 is a time when we want our teachers preparing
for the day. Although we love seeing our children and families at school, we cannot ensure and be responsible
for their safety at this time. If you need to drop your children to school before 8.30, please enrol in the
before school programme where there are adults assigned to look after them and keep them safe. Thanks.
Chromebook deals. (plus more!!)
If you are looking at a device for next year, we have our annual super bargain deal. This year Noel Leeming have
come on board to give us the deal of $300 for a new chromebook. This is a fantastic price and includes GST. It
is available through the Silverdale Noel Leeming store which means we can lift some of the load from our very busy
and efficient office staff. See the attached flyer for details about the chromebook, friends and family week and the opportunity to cash in on other Noel Leeming specials.
Every year schools take on the complex challenge of placing children into classes for the next year.
When doing this, staff take into consideration many factors such as learning needs, strengths, friendships and
personalities to create balanced classes. If you have any relevant information that you feel would assist us in
placing your child, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org for
consideration, before 22 November 2017.
The nature of this task means there are many tough decisions to be made. As a staff, we will always come back to
what we think is best for the child - taking into account what we know about their needs, the needs of other children,
the teachers and the school direction. As a parent you will have your own thoughts for your child and what is best
for them. We are quite happy to listen to your thoughts about your child, but we have many children to think about.
We can not always accommodate parent requests. Our teachers know our children well, and we know our teachers well.
We ask that you respect the process, the collective thinking and opportunity, as well as the decision made.
Important dates and news.
Here is the link for the
important dates and events to end this year, as well as start of next year. The exciting news is that our new teachers
for 2018 will be coming to our community meeting on November 15. On the personnel front we congratulate Sandra
Grech and Melissa Stilwell who have won positions at Gulf Harbour School next year.
Looking forward having a great time together over the next few weeks.