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Student Of The Week

posted Dec 14, 2014, 5:25 PM by Lorraine Williamson

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Summer K

For just being an awesome student.

Break-Up

posted Dec 14, 2014, 5:23 PM by Lorraine Williamson

We are a little bit behind this year as teachers have been very busy but all classes will have a class item for break-up. This will once again, by popular demand, be held, at the movie theatre. This event will be on the 18th December at 6.30pm . Please note the time. We were able to finish by about 8.30pm last year which was good for students. Remember that there will be no school on the Friday for students.

Dear Parents/Whanau,

posted Dec 14, 2014, 5:22 PM by Lorraine Williamson   [ updated Dec 14, 2014, 5:29 PM ]

Just a few quick reminders before the end of the year...


On our school web site we have a quick questionnaire/survey to help us to prepare the annual plan. We would like to get your feedback. Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback.


Life Education is going really well and students are enjoying the programme. Just a reminder to pay your $5.00 per child at the office or send the money along with your child.


We are in the final week of our Sports Taranaki physical education programme. We met with the co-ordinator at our staff meeting this week and staff have asked to continue with the programme and training again next year. Students are learning and practising a range of new skills. Teachers are learning about skill based P.E programmes.


Please keep an eye on the school web page as quite a few photos and videos are added regularly. Information on the web page is regularly updated by Hannah Williams, so if you didn't get a newsletter for any reason, check out the web page.

We are trying to finalize classes for next year. Again we have huge issues around class numbers. In order to start our Junior Room with 5 students, the rest of our classes are pretty full, and we have the usual bulges. The latest lists leave no room to take in additional students at some class levels so we are going to have another look on Thursday to see if we can rework some of the classes. We currently have 60 students alone in Year 3 and 4. I would like to thank all of the parents who have come in to tell us about other students or who have told us that they may be leaving at the change of season. The more accurate our information the better we are able to make decisions about classes. Thanks everyone.

I am currently reading through reports. I have completed 4 classes and hope to have the rest read by the end of the week.


Could we please have all end of year cups returned to school. We need to have these engraved next week for break-up.


Final reminder that all tech fees and sports fees need to be paid before the end of the year. We still have a number of outstanding fees. These are NOT a donation. The fees have been paid to the High School or to the various sporting organisations on your behalf. The school is not in a position to carry this debt, so I would appreciate it if you would make your payments to the school office.

MOA Kluster

posted Dec 2, 2014, 3:14 PM by Lorraine Williamson   [ updated Dec 2, 2014, 3:14 PM ]

We will once again be working with the MOA Kluster next year. We have found this initiative has helped us to really grow our skills in using technology effectively in the classroom. The Board of Trustees through excellent financial management are able to use "reserved funds" to purchase more Ipads and IT gear for the classes.


Each classroom will be kitted out before the beginning of next year with new teacher work stations and 55 inch TV's. These will be hooked up to a mini Mac computer, so that teachers have all their work at their fingertips.


Teachers have started planning for their first category of the MOA awards. Next year it is our intention to integrate the movies etc across the year. So when we are working on science we will complete our documentaries. When we are working on PRIDE we will complete our digital posters. This will spread the work throughout the year and also helps to build a sense of anticipation as we head toward the competition.

Planning

posted Dec 2, 2014, 3:08 PM by Lorraine Williamson   [ updated Dec 2, 2014, 3:08 PM ]

Each teacher is currently building a Google Site with the help of Hannah Williams. These sites will be available from the beginning of the year and will contain all teachers planning and preparation. These sites will be public. Lots of awesome resources are being added to these sites to help you to help your child at home with their learning. We are really excited about this project.

Break-up

posted Dec 2, 2014, 3:07 PM by Lorraine Williamson

We are a little bit behind this year as teachers have been very busy but all classes will have a class item for break-up. This will once again, by popular demand, be held, at the movie theatre. This event will be on the 18th December at 6.30pm . Please note the time. We were able to finish by about 8.30pm last year which was good for students. Remember that there will be no school on the Friday for students.

Student Of The Week

posted Dec 2, 2014, 3:04 PM by Lorraine Williamson   [ updated Dec 2, 2014, 3:09 PM ]

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Summer K


for just being an awesome student.

Decile Rating

posted Nov 18, 2014, 1:40 PM by Lorraine Williamson

You may have read in the paper that our decile rating is now 6. The implications for our school are obviously around a significant drop in funding. Decile rating is based on the "demographics and relative wealth of a community" so it is surprising that our decile was 2 almost 11 years ago and is now 6. As I stated in the newspaper I do not think this is a fair reflection of our school community. We have a high level of transient ( students who move from school to school) and I think this would make it difficult to truly evaluate our circumstances. I have to admit to knowing little about how the decision is made but I fully understand the impact this will have on our school. Given that the Minister of Education has signalled her dislike for the system I do not want to put a lot of time and effort into a review to find the system is "canned." I would be happy to see schools funded to adequately meet the needs of students.


Gala

posted Nov 18, 2014, 1:39 PM by Lorraine Williamson

I would like to sincerely thank all families who helped to make our gala and hangi so successful. A huge number of people contributed in so many different ways. In spite of it being a very cold evening I think a lot of fun was had by all. The final total for the gala is currently being worked on but we raised near to $9000 which is not " too shabby".  All of the money raised by the Home and School is used to directly support students who are in our school now, so this is a great result. We benefitted from having good sponsorship from our local Opunake business community and the Hawera Business community and we are very glad of that ongoing relationship; a list of our sponsors is currently displayed on our web page. We have a few more sponsors to add over the next few days.  I would very much like to thank the schools extended whanau who always step up to support us when we need more hands on deck. Many grandparents, aunties and uncles helped out with the hangi and also with stalls and quick fire raffles. This kind of support is invaluable; so once again a huge thanks to everyone for making school a great place for our students.

Student Of The Week

posted Oct 29, 2014, 2:02 PM by Lorraine Williamson

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