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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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 email@example.com or 021 527 965
to add your name to our list!
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
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.
Brad Gibbons, on behalf of the Whangaparaoa school Board of Trustees
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday March 16.
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!
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 email@example.com
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com
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
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!
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.
The uniform shop is open every 2nd Wednesday from 10.15 - 11.00am
and on the Orientation days from 10.15 - 11.00am.
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!