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Update 1 - 7 February, 2019

Welcome Back, Naumai Haere Mai

Tēnā Koutou Katoa,

A warm welcome to the start of the 2019 School year.  We do hope you have had a fun and restful holiday.  A special welcome to our new families.  Close to 60 new learners joined our Stonefields School whanau this week.   Also we extend a warm welcome to our new staff.  We look forward to introducing the teams to you in future communication updates.  

Pōwhiri Welcome to new families and Staff
The start of term pōwhiri held on Monday 4th February was a wonderful and empowering way to commence our first term of the year.  We are always very grateful to the support and hospitality that Kaumatua Tautoko, or Papa Big as he is known to us, gives through this rich cultural welcome celebration and blessing.  We also extend thanks to Virginia who also helped to make the pōwhiri so special.

Family Fun & Meet the Teachers - Thursday 21st February 

On Thursday 21st February we invite you to come and meet your child/ren's hub Teachers.  The evening is planned to be an opportunity for you to get to know your child's teachers and other families in the hub, hear about the learning planned for the term and answer any questions you may have.  Some fun activities have been designed to get to know our families and whānau so be prepared to join in!

There are two sessions planned which will allow for parents who need to visit different hubs the opportunity to do so.

  • The first session will start at 4.30pm - 5.15pm
  • The second session will start at 5.30 - 6.15pm

Following the meet and greet there will be games and activities for all to enjoy on the field. 

All families are welcome to bring along a picnic and there will also be a selection of food trucks and a coffee truck available to purchase from.


2019 Digital Tools information sessions for parents

For parents of learners who are new to chromebooks, information sessions are being facilitated to enable you to be Cyber Smart just like your children. In order for your child's device to be able to go home, parents must attend Module 1. We will be running Module 1 during our Meet the teacher evening on Thursday 21st February.  Please attend a session at either 4pm or 5pm in Hub 3 (Top of the red staircase).

Once your child has completed their Cyber Smart Kawa of Care training and you have completed Module 1, the device will be able to go between school and home if you so desire. 

For any questions, please contact mel.prasad@stonefields.school.nz.

Sports News 

Please take the time to look through our sports website, it hosts a wealth of information about school events, cluster events and non school events.

Term 1 Activities
This term we have Softball, Cricket, Swimming, Tag and Volleyball Inter-School Events.  We love to draw on our community's interests and talents.  If you would like to help with coaching any of our sports this term please email lynnk@stonefields.school.nz.

Swimming 2019
Our Yr 2 - 8 learners will be taking part in swimming lessons at CLM during Term 1.  For information on dates, timetables and payment please click here.  

Cultural Groups
Kapa Haka:  Now to be held on Monday's from 8am in Hub 6.  We look forward to welcoming back our members and encourage any new learners, or those who have not been before to attend.   

Pasifika:  To be held on Tuesdays, Starting next week (12th February) from 1-1:30pm in Hub 1.  Learners in all year levels are welcome and will meet with Ms Coulter and Mr Cadelis.  Contact klara.coulter@stonefields.school.nz if further information is required. 

A full timetable of in-school activities will be published in the next communication update.

Items of Note
Sun Safety
We are keen to work with you to ensure your children are sun safe at School.  Further to Mondays communication we would like to remind all parents and learners that sun hats are compulsory in Terms 1 and 4 we encourage learners to apply sunblock before coming to School.   Sunhat's can be purchased on line through the school website - click the Argyle on line sales button on the home page or pop into the office, as we do try to keep a stock of hats on site for sale.  Sunhat's are $12.50 each.  Please name your hats and talk to your child(ren) about the importance of wearing it when playing outside.  Please click here to go to the Sunsmart website for further advise and guidance.

Learner Safety
Safety of our learners is always paramount and we would like to stress, at the beginning of this school year, how important it is for all of our community to be vigilant and responsible whilst driving and parking, particularly in areas of high foot traffic, such as schools.  

Before and after school is a busy time. Parking rules help to protect children and keep them safe.  Parking at least 400m away from school and walking to the gates reduces the risks of crashes and injuries.

Should you wish to sign up to receive the safe streets newsletters, please do so by reading a timely announcement from Auckland Transport which can be viewed here.

School App
Don't forget to amend your subscriptions to reflect the correct hub for your child.  If you do not yet have the school app please download from the App or Play Store.    To amend or subscribe to your Childs hub or year level, click on the three lines in the top left hand corner and then on alert subscriptions.

Preschool Morning Update
We’d like to welcome back any parents/caregivers with children under 5!  A new crop of enthusiastic Year 8's will lead the way on Friday afternoons, starting in week 4 (Friday 1st March) until the end of the year.  We’ve had to swap the time from last year, so we will now be starting at 2pm.  The venue is the new library situated in Hub 3 (up the red stairs, far right). We will again have socialisation/welcome time for the first 10 minutes and then begin the session.  Clear up will commence at 2:50pm - 3pm.   No need to book, just pop in and we will be there to greet you!

Community Notices
Please take the time to click on our community notices page (see menu at the top of this update or click here).  This section holds information on what is going on in and around our community, outside of school activities.    
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A very warm and sincere happy Lunar New Year to all of our Asian families. To learn more about the Year of the Pig, please click here.

Parent Tours
For parents of new learners to Stonefields School and parents wanting to have a guided tour around Stonefields School to explore why we do what we do. Click here to view dates & times.

Lewis Eady Music School
Term one music lessons at Stonefields start week commencing 11th February!

Lewis Eady offer group or individual tuition on keyboard, piano, ukulele and guitar.

If you would like your child to learn music at school but have not yet enrolled, please do so at www.lewiseady.co.nz New enrolments will be scheduled for a mid-term start (w/c 14th March).

2019 Donations
The donations for 2019 have stayed at the same rate as last year. Your support is appreciated and helps the School on many levels. Click here to find out how.

School Online Shop Did you know the School has an online shop to simplify how payments can be made click here to find out more

School Lunches
Did you know you can order a lunch for your child on a Monday, Thursday, Friday via Kindo
Click here to find out more.

Chess Club
Thursdays, week commencing
14th Feb - 11th April in Hub 5.
Contact: Paul Macdonald
021 027 15577

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