2 days to go!!
What are you doing on Saturday?
The weather is looking fantastic - the team are all a buzz...but we still have
some gaps on the roster and volunteer schedule. If you can spare some time to help please, email email@example.com
This year our Gala features a monster Great Gala Garage sale with white elephant,
books, clothing and toys. We will have homemade preserves and jams, local honey,
and other interesting stalls. Try your luck on tombola or "lucky numbers" -
every number wins! There's plenty of fun for young children with "old school"
games and a Glitz n Glam area with hair chalk, nail art and face painting run
by parents and teachers. There's stuff for the big kids too - including bumper
ball, the MEGA water slide, vertical bungy and an inflatable obstacle course.
We have delicious cafe food, toffee apples, popcorn and candy floss. Grab some
home baking from our famous cake stall. Relax and watch our school entertainment
and bands on stage. Plus HEAPS more!
THE DUNKING STAND IS VERY POPULAR AT GALA!!
MAKE SURE YOU POP ALONG AND HAVE A GO AT DUNKING KEVIN AND SOME OF OUR TEACHERS
10.30am – Paul Toghill, 11.00am – Caroline Rhodes, 11.30am
– Graham Fox,
12.00noon – Sam Unwin, 12.30pm – Kevin Cronin, 1.00pm – Emma Sharman,
1.30pm – Mark Shearer
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 still need MORE jams/pickles/chutneys and Tombola jars.
We are NOT accepting donations of white elephant/books/clothes.
Looking forward to a fun (and dry) Gala!
Kind Regards - PFA Gala Committee.
MUFTI DAY TOMORROW FRIDAY 17 MARCH
Patricks Day - Dress up in green or your favourite bright colour.
It was fantastic to see our students engaged
in a range of exciting options last week. It was a real buzz to visit rooms where Irish dance,
guitar, keyboard, jump jam, choir, theatresports, jazz, ballet, drama, kapahaka and choir were
happening. I could have just watched our talented students all day. We are looking forward
to week two!
For Information including venues, timetable, uniform changing 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
YOUR THOUGHTS PLEASE
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 3.15pm tomorrow
Friday 17 March.
PRODUCTION AND CAMPS
We are asking for parent feedback on the above activities
at our school. Our aim is to ensure that children with these interests and talents are catered
for as they move through the school. Below is a link view the ideas staff have for the next
two years. These experiences are always reliant on being lucky enough to have the personnel
to achieve the plans.
Please note: these options are on top of programmes that are already happening. Classes already cater for performing arts needs in the room, and on Passion Fridays, and teachers already plan for experiences outside the classroom when doing their unit of inquiry.
For further Information View Here
A big thank you is extended to our staff who have taken up the challenge of creating class blogs.
Please realise that staff are at different levels of expertise in their e-learning, just as
we all are in the different things we do. A class blog is not a basis on which to compare one
teacher with another.
The expectations for the blog are: one is completed weekly and sent out to parents by Monday evening,
it outlines the learning happening in the class that week, it informs parents of any class
information about events or needs.
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 that correct uniform is 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!
GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION - PARENT NIGHT
Wednesday 5th April 7pm-8.30pm in the staffroom. Come along to learn about Sensitivities or ‘overexcitabilities’ - often experienced by gifted people. This is also a chance for parents to chat to others.
Open to anyone with an interest. Run by Debbie Thompson.
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 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.
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!