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  Thursday 16 March 2017 Facebook share
 
 

Food for thought/Whakatauki (proverbs)

 

Kāhore taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini

We cannot succeed without the support of those around us

 
 

pātai (tia): question, to ask a question

He pātai pai tēnā. That’s a good question.

 
 



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 samantha.cranston@gmail.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

TIMETABLE
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

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 still need MORE jams/pickles/chutneys and Tombola jars.
We are NOT accepting donations of white elephant/books/clothes. Thanks.

Looking forward to a fun (and dry) Gala!

Kind Regards - PFA Gala Committee.


MUFTI DAY TOMORROW FRIDAY 17 MARCH
St Patricks Day - Dress up in green or your favourite bright colour.  


PASSION FRIDAYS
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 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


YOUR THOUGHTS PLEASE

PROPERTY
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 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

CLASS BLOGS

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.

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 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!
From Kevin


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 dthompson@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.


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

 


WATERWISE
WEDNESDAY 22 MARCH
M4, M3, B8 & A6

 

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

 

 

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.

 

DAE HAN TKD KOREAN TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ART

Increasing high fitness level - Body co-ordination and strengthen - Self Dicipline and self esteem - A variety of training programmes. Further inquiries please contact us or visit us. 2 David Sidwell Place Stanmore Bay, Ph: 424 1330 or daehansports@hotmail.com

 

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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