PAY IT FORWARD MUFTI
Tomorrow Thursday 13 April we will finish the term with a school mufti day. The theme will be:
come dressed in something you love doing, your passion, your interest or maybe your dream of
someone or something you would like to be in the future. The charge for mufti is voluntary
and any money raised will go into a pay it forward account to help our families who may struggle
to afford technology, a decent lunch, Friday experiences or trips like camp.
Term one is nearly over and it is timely therefore to thank everyone for your commitment, support, encouragement and collaboration. Our aim is to work together to inspire learning and the more we can do this, the more the children will benefit. We have initiated some exciting changes and I would like to thank you all for your tolerance, patience and being open to change and try things. We look forward to all the opportunities Term 2 will offer. I would like to wish all of our staff and all of our families a fabulous Easter and term break with lots of rest and fun times. See you all on May 1.
In light of recent reports in the media we suggest
you take the time to have a chat with your children regarding stranger danger. Make your children aware of
possible enticements such as lollies, puppies and money and what they should do if they encounter these situations.
REPORTING TO PARENTS 2017
This year we are looking at the way we report to parents in line with our learning vision of “Connect,
Our proposed format is:
Before School Starts
Getting to know you meetings with parents, teachers, and
Email to parents checking out how things are going.
Term 2-Week 4
Learning Celebration – See information below.
Term 2 Week 10
Written report in line with National Standards.
Term 3 Mid Term
Looking at the latest achievement results and setting learning
goals for the rest of the year.
Term 4 Week 10
Written report and summary of progress and achievement for
In Term 3 we will be asking parents to work with us and review our reporting schedule so it is
useful, succinct, timely and time efficient.
Please note: For the first three years the student is at school they will receive a progress report
in the month of their child's anniversary, as well as a mid year and end of year written report.
LEARNING CELEBRATION INTRODUCTION
At Whangaparaoa School we believe and see that the children are very capable. We have high expectations and have learnt not to underestimate children as they constantly surprise us when given opportunities.
Our teaching and learning vision of “Connect, Challenge, Empower”aligns itself well with this belief, and we aim
to empower our children to take responsibility for their learning and ultimately their lives. This means that
during teaching, children share in the process of knowing what the learning goal is, why they are learning
this and how they show that they have learnt it. We encourage them to talk about their learning, assess their
learning and to look at their work with reference to other models. The child can then work with their support
team (teachers and families) on next learning steps and ways to grow.
This year we are asking all our students to lead a learning celebration with their parents. Directly below
is a brief outline.
WHAT: Student Learning Celebration
WHEN: Wednesday 24 May 2017
On Wednesday 24 May, our school will finish at 12.30pm so we can have a learning celebration afternoon and evening
with our parents.
We are offering parents the opportunity to choose a 45-minute timeslot. In this time students will share their
learning, their goals, their proud moments, examples of their work and details of their classroom. The teacher
will also schedule a time slot per family (during the conference time) to answer any specific questions the
student or parents may have.
- Students will lead this celebration time.
- There will be between 5 and 10 minutes time planned for the teacher to share with each student and family.
- If there are bigger matters that need discussing, these need to be deferred to a separate meeting time.
- The student should be a key person in this time. Our belief is that if the discussion is about the student,
their learning and wellbeing, then they need to be involved.
- If there is something personal that you would like to discuss only with the teacher, please let the teacher
- In the other 30 minutes your child will have lots to share with you.
- There will be up to 5 other families in the room at the same time sharing their child’s learning journey.
- If your child gives you all the information you need, it is your choice whether you take the time with the
teacher, or not.
- Our staff are working from 12.30 to 7.30pm to provide this opportunity. Please look after them.
- On a rare occasion when we have a parent come in who is upset about something; our advice is – Respect the
Person.“The problem is the problem; the person is never the problem” Control your emotions and think “How
can I help?”
HOW TO BOOK A LEARNING CELEBRATION TIME?
- Go to the website www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter our
school code: k23pp
- You will need your child’s 2017 year, classroom, and name of teacher, to complete your booking.
- Enter these details and choose a time that suits you. You will receive an emailed confirmation of your booking.
- If you are unable to complete your booking online, please either:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with child/rens names and preferred times
- Call into the school office and fill out a booking sheet.
- A brochure outlining what to expect, frequently asked questions and how you can make this a successful and
positive experience can be viewed here.
YOU MUST COLLECT YOUR CHILD AT 12.30PM UNLESS THEY ARE BOOKED INTO AFTER SCHOOL CARE
AFTER SCHOOL CARE
If you have a regular booking on Wednesday - you are automatically booked
into After School Care. There may be a few casual places on that day available - please contact Karen on 021
705 804 to put your name on the list.
UNIFORM REGULATIONS FOR THE COOLER WEATHER
For extra warmth, plain polypropylene or woollen thermal undergarments in plain navy blue, black or white may be
Black or blue tights (not leggings) may be worn with dresses and cullottes in winter.
Non School Jackets can be worn to and from school only.
Only plain black shoes, plain black trainers with plain black laces, or, plain black sandals with
heel straps, are permitted. High heel shoes and shoes above ankle height are not permitted. Shoes must be worn
to and from the school grounds and on school trips. Socks are to be plain black, plain navy blue or plain white.
See requirements below.
Any shoe with a white or any colour other than black rim is not acceptable. The shoe must be plain black as you look at it from the front, back and side.
To view full Uniform Policy Click here
LAST DAY OF TERM ONE
Last day of this term is Thursday 13 April. School finishes at the normal
time of 3.00pm. Term 2 starts on Monday 1 May at 8.55am.
Have a great week everyone!
We have a qualified chess coach available to come to school on Thursday
lunchtimes in B9. If you would like your child to learn new skills and tricks and practice their chess game
please fill in the form attached here https://goo.gl/forms/p7rItXyZYEmnIj5E2 or email email@example.com.
There is a charge for the tutoring on Thursdays to cover the cost of the coach - approx $12-$15 per week depending
on numbers. This will be confirmed by email once numbers are clear. Please note: This is separate to the free
chess club run at school on Tuesday lunchtimes - anyone is welcome then from beginners to experts. Children
can come to both if they want.
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 in B9 if interested firstname.lastname@example.org
SCIENCE CLASS AFTER SCHOOL
A limited number of spaces are available after school on Thursdays
for Science class 3pm-4.45pm in B9. Please fill in the form if you wish to enrol your child. https://goo.gl/forms/58gYJp81lfgx5e5H2
DO YOU HAVE A CHILD STARTING SCHOOL IN 2017?
We have quite a few siblings of current students
listed to start school this year. It would be a great help to us for confirming staffing for the rest of the
year if you could complete an enrolment form for your child as soon as possible. Please call into the office
to pick up an enrolment pack.
First Term is over but we are just getting started with our Yummy Sticker Challenge!
The aim is to collect as many Yummy Stickers as you can and bring them to your class. You will find the Yummy
stickers on your fruit. Each class has a sheet for all the Yummy stickers. Once full the sheet is returned
to the office and the tally is added to the master sheet. Every year we exchange the stickers for awesome sports
equipment for the school. The more we collect the more we get! So save up those Yummy stickers in the holidays
and bring them in at the the start of the Term. Go Yummy Stickers!
WHANGAPARAOA SCHOOL APRIL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
OUT NOW!! very limited spaces - Pick up a
copy from the office, at the hall during After School Care Sessions or email email@example.com
FLIPPA BALLPlease email Sarah Southcombe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021503234. Thank you.
The flippa ball league restarts on Sunday 7 May and
we are looking for Whangaparaoa children keen to play. There is a year 3 & 4 division and a year 5 &
6 division. All the games are played on Sunday evening at the Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre from 4.00pm. Please
let me know names and contact details of the child interested on or before the Thursday 13 April so that
we can enter the teams. Cost depends on the number of children we have in each team… But approximately
$40-45 per term.
The uniform shop is open every 2nd Wednesday from 10.15 - 11.00am and on the Orientation
days from 10.15 - 11.00am. Please note the uniform shop will be open during the school holidays from 10.00 - 11.00am on Thursday 27 April.