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  Thursday 16 August 2018 Facebook share

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we can be

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Community Notices


Dear Parents and Students,

Below is an excerpt from Whetu Cormick who leads the New Zealand Principal Federation. We do believe there is a major crisis happening - we struggle daily to find relieving staff, and advertised teaching positions are receiving few, if any, applicants.

“The decision to take strike action is a serious one. It rests on the strong belief that the profession has been undervalued for a long time; that the rejected pay offer would do nothing to lift the morale or status of the profession; and that the workforce shortages we are experiencing are in large part due to the inadequate pay rates and unrealistic expectations. In particular, meeting the needs of our severely challenged young people without the necessary support has become intolerable for many. If these problems are not addressed, we will be facing further workforce shortages in the future as it is becoming increasingly difficult to attract young people into teacher training.”

People ask me what I think about the strike. I read this article recently which gives some insight into some of the difficulties teachers face. It is written by an ex teacher.  View article here.

Please realise the comments at the bottom are my personal opinion and not a school position.

On Thursday, September 20 we are inviting parents to come in and meet with their child and teacher to celebrate their learning achievements. We hope you can set aside a little time for this, it is important. More information will follow.

Below I have included our student notices from Tuesday this week  highlighting the many things happening that students can get involved in during breaks. This is a strength in our school and we are very lucky to have staff who give up their breaks to organise these activities.

Notices for Students:

  • Tindalls is open during lunchtimes Monday-Thursday. Anyone is free to come along and explore the different activities on offer! (Building, Playdough, Construction, Family Area, Sensory, and lots of fun).
  • QUEST as usual
  • CHESS CLUB - lunchtime in L1
  • Lunch monitors can you please go to the hall at 10.45 and 12.45 every day from now on. Thank you
  • Colouring club on in B2 after lunch eating, students that have designed and are waiting to make/finish bead suncatchers can do on Friday.
  • YEAR 6 - we need 6-10 volunteers to be interviewed by researchers about our bike track next Wednesday (22 Aug). Your parents will need to fill in a permission form. If you are interested please come and see Mrs Thompson in L1 at morning tea today.
  • Road Patrol reminder for Thursday (Wednesday no school) Morning: Lachlan Holbrook, Jack Buckley, Afternoon Sacha van der Net, Sarah Chawla
  • Bikes at Lunchtime today
  • Reminder - school is closed tomorrow for the teacher strike day.
  • Peer mediators - please try again and meet Kim in B9 at lunch time today.

Sports notices for Students:

  • Year 5 & 6 Interschool Cross Country Teamtraining at 2nd break today. Meet Mrs Pratomo outside B4 at 1pm. We will be back before the end of lunch so you can eat afterwards.
  • No badminton and table tennis at first break. Second break for anyone keen.
  • Year 3-6 Netball sessions today
  • Padder tennis on courts by pool after lunch eating with Mrs Skinner.
  • Hockey team practice on court after morning tea eating. In hall if raining

Have a great week

Come and talk about the Whangaparoa School Bike Track 

We are looking for 10-12 parents/whānau members to take part in a discussion about the school bike track. It will be like a group conversation, and will focus on your perceptions, experience, and perceived benefits for your children. Your feedback will be used to evaluate and improve the Bikes in Schools initiative across New Zealand (this is part of an evaluation run by Mackie Research). All participants will receive a $30 grocery voucher!
Time and place: 2pm-3pm on Wednesday 22 August Whangaparoa Primary School
If you are interested, please contact Greer Hawley – o r 022 6018809.

Get your friends together - book your table & theme today

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**B5 and B6 Space Station

*Meeting the Prime Minister

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