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Food for thought/Whakatauki (proverbs)

 

He rau ringa e oti ai

Many hands make light work.

 
 

rā taurima - gala

Para huka - candy floss

 
 
 

WGP School Gala - 11 March 2017


****GALA UPDATE****

NEW DATE - SATURDAY 18th MARCH

Gala is much more fun without your gumboots! Due to the awful weather forecast and the very high likelihood the field will be too wet to use, the Gala committee has decided to postpone the gala for one week.

The roster and volunteer schedule remains the same. If you can't do the same time next week (18th) please email: samantha.cranston@gmail.com

Please also reschedule your baking efforts for next week!!

We are NOT opening up for donations of more white elephant / books / clothes, BUT we do still need MORE jams / pickles / chutneys and Tombola jars.
There are lots of empty jars still in the hall, along with washing and sorting to be done! Please pop in!

We are still short of volunteers, especially in the security area, if you have some time to commit that would be awesome!

Looking forward to a fun (and dry) Gala!
Kind regards Gala committee

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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!

RAFFLE TICKETS

Please return your sold raffle tickets to the office by Friday 17 March!
So many awesome prizes to be won!

CAKES, SWEET TREATS AND SLICES

Please bring your cakes, slices and sweet treats to the school office during the day on Friday 17 March or alternatively drop these into B2 after 2.30 - 4.00pm next Friday or Saturday morning.

We look forward to seeing you and your families on GALA DAY!


MUFTI DAY TOMORROW FRIDAY 10 MARCH
Dress in mufti - No need to bring a donation just enjoy the Mufti Day.


PASSION FRIDAYS
 
- Information including venues, timetable, changing rules and payment requirements. View here


DEAR PARENTS, WHANAU, AND FRIENDS OF WHANGAPARAOA SCHOOL

Feedback received from last years community meetings, via email and conversation highlighted that there are concerns about the costs of adopting some of the new initiatives for our school, such as the chromebooks.

Members of our community expressed interest in creating a fund to support families in genuine hardship circumstances, and then contributing towards this fund.

The Board of Trustees feel this is an awesome suggestion and reflects the great community spirit of Whangaparaoa.

As a result the Board is creating a budget and contributing an amount annually to support our families. If, as parents you would like to contribute to such a fund that would help others, can you please contact the office or Kevin directly. Your assistance will be very gratefully accepted.

Kevin and the leadership team will administer this fund at their discretion and in complete confidence.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact me.

Kind regards
Brad Gibbons, on behalf of the Whangaparaoa school Board of Trustees


LEARNING ASSISTANTS
We extend a warm welcome to the following learning assistants who have joined our teaching staff this week - Raewyn Duffy, Natalie Sweet, Marissa Steyn, Hayley Alison, Claire Sweetman, Lizzie Dickie, Elaine Randell, Penny Finn, Claire Gallagher, Kim van der Loos, Marnie MacDonald, Debbie Hayman, Kate Green and Sarah Woodward.

We really look forward to working with you to support our student’s learning in the classroom.

PROPERTY - YOUR THOUGHTS PLEASE
This year, we are eligible for our next 5 year allocation of funds from the Ministry, to enhance our school property. The Board of Trustees are very interested in hearing what our parent community feels are our most pressing property issues, and what we should spend our money on. Basically, we will get about $600,000 to maintain, improve or build new property over a 5 year period. This amount would buy 2 new classrooms. So please look around the school and if you have ideas about where we should next prioritise property money, please email kcronin@wgp.school.nz before Thursday March 16.

UNIFORM
Thanks everyone for the magnificent effort to raise expectations around uniform. We are conscious some students are still not wearing the required uniform and we will be working with them and their families to support correct uniform being worn. With wetter and cooler weather coming, please be aware that students can wear non uniform jackets and raincoats to and from school, but once at school, the school polar fleece and appropriately coloured polypropylenes, thermals and skivvies are the accepted uniform items.

Have a great week everyone!

From Kevin


NETBALL
The netball season for 2017 will begin at the start of term 2. Registration days will be held at school in Tindalls 4 between 3.00 – 3.30pm. Year 3 & 4 Thursday 9 March, Final registration day Wednesday 15 March. Registration Letter view here. Registration Form download here. If you require any further information please contact nwinter@wgp.school.nz

WALKING SCHOOL BUS
All welcome - no charge. A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school together supervised by adults. It’s a great way to get to know others in your community, learn road safety skills, and start the day a healthy way.

MANLY VILLAGE WALKING SCHOOL BUS is up and running (walking!)again. It will leave daily (weather permitting) at 8.30am from the corner of Rawhiti and Brixton Road, walking down Rawhiti Rd and Zealandia, entering school through the walkway. Anyone is welcome to join, parent helpers welcomed. Thanks Krista Dedden for co-ordinating this route. Sign up here if you would like to join. https://goo.gl/forms/5TvnooxLnNT32Ggk2

PLAZA WALKING SCHOOL BUS HAS STARTED - walking Monday -Thursday. Sign up your kids on the link below. Meet outside Westpac at the plaza at 8.15am to leave at 8.20am. Thanks to the ladies who have stepped up to start this - Julie O’Mara, Meryn Straker, Chantelle de Beer, and Elaine Randell. More parents are welcome to join - your help is always appreciated. Sign up here https://goo.gl/forms/sw4JfzNaWSq00QQ62

MORETON WALKING SCHOOL BUS IS STARTING UP - planning to walk just Fridays at the moment. Leaving the bottom of Moreton Drive at 8.20am - walking along Glengarry, to Ladies Mile and on to school. You can join on the way if you like. Please sign up here if you would like to join. https://goo.gl/forms/zFQTAvBvexm1S8OQ2 We would love more adults to help so this bus can go more often. Please contact Debbie Thompson dthompson@wgp.school.nz if you have questions about walking school buses.

COGNITIVE ABILITY SCREENING TESTS
Every year since 2009 Whangaparaoa School has offered Cognitive ability screening to further help identify our gifted students - those with high cognitive ability. An assessor from Educational Assessment Services comes to school to carry out this screening. Teachers help to identify students in a number of ways, looking at school test results and observing specific traits or abilities in children, and some of these students are put forward for cognitive screening. However, we may not see the same child that you see at home. If you feel that your child is possibly gifted, you may put their name forward to be looked into further. Some characteristics of giftedness can be found here. Please contact Debbie Thompson if you would like to chat or to nominate your child. dthompson@wgp.school.nz
Please note that there will be a charge for parents to contribute to the cost if selected for Cognitive testing - approx $30. Screening will start late March for this term.

SCIENCE CERTIFICATES /BADGES
Is your child interested in Science? These certificates and badges are self-paced Science learning - choose activities to complete from a menu. Science certificates aimed at year 5&6 but available for anyone keen on Science. $2 for the menu of activities. Science badges are more complex and aimed at year 7-10 students, but available to keen primary school scientists who have completed a Science certificate - $6 each for a menu of activities to choose from, and a metal badge on completion. See Mrs Thompson if interested dthompson@wgp.school.nz


                             

YUMMY STICKERS
Shop at your local New World, Pak'nSave and participating Four Square stores. Purchase Yummy apples, either bags with cut-out labels or individual apples with Yummy stickers. One cut-out label is worth 10 apple stickers. Place the Yummy
stickers on Sticker Collection Sheets and the cut-out labels on Cut-Out Label Collection Sheets. Sheets are in the classroom. Filled sheets are collected regularly and they all get sent to The Yummy Fruit Company. The New Variety sticker sheets available. We earn double points! The more you collect, the more sports gear you get for your
school so get going and start collecting your Yummy cut-out labels and stickers now!

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

UNIFORM SHOP
The uniform shop is open every 2nd Wednesday from 10.15 - 11.00am 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

 
 

NO SCHOOL
ASSEMBLY
THIS WEEK
DUE TO HALL BEING USED FOR GALA

 

EAR 5/6 INTERSCHOOL SWIMMING SPORTS THURSDAY 30 MARCH
NORTHERN ARENA

 

YEAR 5 & 6 ULTIMATE FRISBEE COMPETITION
THURSDAY 16 MARCH AT SILVERDALE PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

 

BOT News

NEXT BOT MEETING: Wednesday 22 March 2017 in the school Staffroom at 7.00pm

 

 

PFA News

Next PFA Meeting: Date to be confirmed. All Welcome.

PFA AGM: Wednesday 12 April 7.30pm in the Staffroom. 

Warren Rogers
PFA President

 

WEEKBIX TRYATHLON
The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon 2017 is just around the corner and registrations are now open. Over 300,000 kids across New Zealand have given it a TRY over the past 25 years! Our one is being held on the Hibiscus Coast on Sunday 26 March at Manly Park in Whangaparaoa. Look out for the PFA sausage sizzle opposite the Manly Sailing Club with drinks, popcorn and more...

 

 



Community Notices


2017 OREWA BEACH KINDERGARTEN ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

Ducky Derby; Sunday 2 April, 11am – 3pm. Western Reserve Orewa Race @ 2pm. Proudly Supported by Orewa Rotary Club & Orewa Lions Club NZ .

 

JUNIOR YEAR 0 - 2 NETBALL SEASON 2017 HBC NETBALL CENTRE

Come down and introduce netball to your 5 & 6 year olds. Saturday mornings from 8.00 - 9.00am 13 May - 15 July 2017 (10 weeks). Registrations available via the HBC Netball website ONLY.

 

KIDSLINK CREATING CONFIDENT KIDS SEMINAR View details here

 

DRUM LESSONS

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

 

CARTOONING LESSONS

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

 

COULD THIS BE YOU?

We have a job opportunity for a casual/contract cleaner. The work will be during school hours. Casual to start building to more regular hours. Work will be based on the coast. Transport provided leaving from and returning to The Circle, Manly. For more information, please email Susan at specialisedcleans@icloud.com

 






 
 
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