Announcements

Term 4 2018

posted 9 Oct 2018, 12:27 by Lizzie Greenstreet

We open again for Term 4 on Monday 15th October.  
We are looking forward to a busy term with many events planned such as the Arts and Cultural Extravaganza, Prizegiving and Graduation Dance.  Please take the next few days to ensure you are ready to learn with the correct stationery and uniform.
To ensure the smooth running of the school we have a few reminders for students and whānau:
  • Cellphones are to be handed in to the office before school and collected after 3pm.  They are kept in a named bag and locked for the day.
  • All visitors to the school must sign in at the office.
  • If a student is going to be absent for the day, please call the office or use the school app to let us know.
  • The tuckshop is open before school for lunch orders and during breaks for snacks.  We encourage students to bring a healthy lunch and do not allow fizzy drinks or lollies at school.
  • School starts at 8:40am.  All students must arrive before this time.
We appreciate your support.

New School Uniform and Supplier

posted 27 Sep 2018, 16:15 by Lizzie Greenstreet

We are very pleased to announce that the new school uniform has been approved and ordered and will be available from a new supplier, NZ Uniforms, from early next term.  This has been a long process with input from many in our community and we would like to thank all those who took the time to provide feedback and suggestions.


While much of the uniform will stay as a similar style with updated logos, there are some major changes.  Firstly the new shirts are blue check with half button. The shorts can now be purchased in both a boys and a girls fit and sizing, and we have introduced two brand new options:

  • Long navy pants

  • A navy rain jacket (waterproof with a hood)


It was time for a change with our current uniform having been around for more than 10 years and the new uniform will be more practical, slightly cheaper, and make us stand out as it is unique in the area.


Next year will be a transition year with both the current and new uniforms accepted. Below are samples of a couple of the new items.


Rain Jacket
Shirt

Life Education Van

posted 6 Sep 2018, 16:55 by Lizzie Greenstreet

The Life Education Van (with Harold the giraffe) has arrived at school and lessons for the students will begin next week.
A letter will come home today as we are asking for a contribution from families towards the cost of this.  As this is part of our health curriculum it is expected that all students will attend however if you have any questions or concerns please contact your child's classroom teacher.

The Life Education Van is a valuable resource that provides informative and fun lessons around important topics for our students and we are looking forward to their time here.

"Peter Pan"

posted 15 Aug 2018, 16:20 by Lizzie Greenstreet

Wednesday 22nd August

7pm

On the 22nd August we have our school production.  The students have been working hard to present an exciting performance of ‘Peter Pan’.  We are looking forward to showcasing the talents of our students and sharing their passion for drama. 

Tickets are available now free from the school office, however koha baskets will be at the door on the night and we would appreciate you support with a gold coin donation to recover some costs.

This is an exciting opportunity for our students and we look forward to seeing you there.

 

School Closed for Teacher and Principal Strike - 15 August 2018

posted 7 Aug 2018, 15:59 by Lizzie Greenstreet   [ updated 7 Aug 2018, 16:43 ]


Gladiators of Change

posted 31 Jul 2018, 16:36 by Lizzie Greenstreet

On the 8th August our school will be hosting a community event – ‘Gladiators of Change (GOC): Whānau Show’.  This is a free event and the organisers, ATWC (Anglican Trust for Women and Children) will provide a free sausage sizzle, social/community stalls to inform whānau attending, SKIDS childcare will be available for registered kids and there will be loads of free giveaways sponsored by ATWC, our schools and local community agencies.

The GOC Whānau Show will be MC’d by Pio Terei from Parenting Place Inc and include special guest speakers.  Pio brings his own unique style and will share tips and stories on building awesome whānau. 


Student-Led Conferences

posted 24 Jul 2018, 15:47 by Lizzie Greenstreet

Wednesday 1st August  3:30 - 8:00
Thursday 2nd August 1:30 - 6:00

Next week we hope to meet with every student and their whānau to discuss learning goals for the rest of the year and celebrate the progress that has been made so far.  

Please also be aware that the school will close early on Thursday 2nd August at 12:30pm to allow the conferences to take place.  If you are unable to make alternative arrangements for your child on this Thursday afternoon please contact the office and we will arrange for him/her to be supervised. 

The conference plays an important part in helping students to take on more responsibility for their learning.  At the conference we will also discuss with parents/caregivers how you can help at home.

Technology and Art teachers will also be available for conferences with students and their parents.  Please book these in the same way. 

Bookings for conferences are done online.  Go to: www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and click on school interviews.  Enter 7zsh6 as the code and follow the directions, this code is case sensitive.  Find your child’s teacher and the rest is up to you.  If you do not have a computer, or have any problems, please phone the office on 576 1860 or call into the office and we will log in for you.

Welcome Back!

posted 22 Jul 2018, 13:30 by Lizzie Greenstreet   [ updated 22 Jul 2018, 13:31 ]

We are now in Term 3 and staff and students will be very busy this term with learning and extra-curricular activities.  Please remember to check the school calendar here regularly for upcoming events and if you have not done so yet, download the school app to receive important reminders straight to your phone.  The app is free and available on apple, android and windows phones but remember you need to turn on notifications.

It is still very cold in the mornings and we encourage students to wear a plain black or navy scarf, beanie and gloves when needed as well as plenty of layers underneath the school uniform that cannot be seen.

Student-led conferences will be held in week 2 this term.  There will be a notice coming out this week with further details and we encourage all students to attend with their whānau to discuss their goals for the rest of the year and make a plan to achieve these.  This is an excellent way to follow-up on our celebration of learning and provides the vital connection to home that we know makes a difference in student learning.

Lastly a few reminders to ensure the school is running smoothly:
  • Cellphones are to be handed in to the office before school and collected after 3pm.  They are kept in a named bag and locked for the day.
  • All visitors to the school must sign in at the office.
  • If a student is going to be absent for the day, please call the office or use the school app to let us know.
  • The tuckshop is open before school for lunch orders and during breaks for snacks.  We encourage students to bring a healthy lunch and do not allow fizzy drinks or lollies at school.
  • School starts at 8:40am.  All students must arrive before this time.

Celebration of Learning

posted 1 Jul 2018, 16:58 by Lizzie Greenstreet

On Wednesday 4th July we will be holding a ‘Celebration of Learning’ from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.  This is an opportunity for students and classes to share with you their learning journeys this term, showcasing their work and also the process they followed to get there.


This is an informal sharing of learning and we warmly invite you to come along at a time that is convenient for you and your child.  Displays and presentations will be available in classrooms as well as the technology classes.

As we have student-led conferences early in term three, this is an excellent opportunity to connect with the classroom teacher and get an idea of the learning in the class.


You do not need to be here for the whole time as this is an informal sharing of learning, not a performance.  Please make sure you are not here before 4:00pm as classes may still be setting up for your arrival.

Changes to the School Uniform

posted 25 Jun 2018, 16:48 by Lizzie Greenstreet

We are looking to make some changes to the school uniform for the start of next year and would like your feedback on this. Mrs Greenstreet will email out a digital survey for you that shows some of the proposed changes and provides opportunity for feedback. 
It has been fun to watch the children trying on the new uniform, and the level of excitement this has generated. One student was so excited that he was dancing when he put it on. 
There are several key reasons for this proposed change: 

  • Firstly, it is timely for a change. To freshen the look of our students with something that is more modern, that the students can wear with pride. 
  • We are looking at designs with more durable materials and designs. For example: a current problem we have is the loss of buttons. This design should help with this. 
  • Currently our shirts are very similar to neighbouring schools and we want our children to be clearly recognisable. 
There will be no cost increase with this proposed change. The total cost of the uniform will be slightly cheaper than the current uniform, although some individual items maybe be slightly more expensive. 
There will be a bigger range of optional items, such as long pants and a waterproof rain jacket. 
We are proposing a 2 year implementation phase for the new uniform. However we know that children will often want the newest gear. In this case the big change is the shirts, and by purchasing a couple of new shirts, students will be able to match the new uniform. 


We are really excited with the proposed changes, but would appreciate your feedback, through the survey, before we progress any further. 

https://goo.gl/forms/oRfzOvzNfDa2qzRE2 


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