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Update 3 - 7th March 2019

A message from the Leadership Team - Critical to Learn

"If you get preoccupied by a certain type of achievement then you don’t even look for other things people might be good at" ~ Sir Ken Robinson

An important goal within our 2019 strategy is to start an open conversation with our community, parents, learners and staff about ‘what is critical to learn and know’. We are very aware that we are experiencing rapidly changing times. Technology is advancing exponentially, climate change and global warming present new problems to be solved and the workplace is demanding skills and dispositions that they say are not being taught.
Eight years ago we asked ourselves ‘What learning really matters now and for our children’s future? This formed the basis for our vision aspiration and School curriculum. We believe it is time to take stock and together think and talk about ‘What is critical to learn and know?’ 
  • Is our current local curriculum still relevant, future focussed enough?
  • What should a learners 8 year curriculum entitlement be?
  • Is what we are asking reasonable and doable for teachers and Schools?
  • What might we need to stop doing, start doing and continue?

It was great to get many parents voices at our recent meet the teacher event. The ideas have been collated and we are currently working through synthesising and summarising peoples thoughts and ideas. Your thinking illuminates the rich diversity within our community, there are quite polarised perspectives on some things. We appreciate that what we are setting out to do is challenging, it is going to take open dialogue and debate to ensure that we land on a shared understanding that represents what our community values and believes.

Our teaching staff recently watched and read what Sir Ken Robinson had to say.

Sir Ken Robinson recently shared an an educational forum "There are still many disagreements about how to improve the education system so that children graduate with the skills and dispositions they will need to succeed in life"

The problem with a conformist approach, Robinson said, is that “human life is like the rest of life on earth; it is characterised by diversity.” Parents with more than one child know all too well that each can be radically different in temperament, personality and in their strengths and weaknesses. The same rules and parenting approach may work with one, but not the others. And yet this fundamental diversity in the human population is not honoured within education. Instead, the curriculum has narrowed and now priorities a type of intelligence that favours academic work. 

Changing Education Paradigms

We sincerely value the voices of our parents and caregivers - have your say. If you didn’t have the opportunity to have your say during the ‘Meet the Teacher’ event we would love you to take a moment to complete a short survey now. What you think the School should continue, stop and start doing?

Health Update
We would like to thank all of our whānau for your continued understanding and support during the stomach bug outbreak over the past week. We are pleased that we are now at what seems to be the end of the outbreak and our learners have recovered and are returning to school. We have been in continuous contact with CLM who have assured us that they have very strict protocols in place regarding pool hygiene and there have been no other issues for the other school that has been using the pool within the same time frame and prior to Stonefields starting their swimming curriculum. We have arranged for all of our interior and exterior windows to be cleaned and our cleaners will continue to disinfect and take additional measures in all areas of the school for the rest of this week.

Important Sign in Procedure
A reminder that if you need to be on the school site as an adult helper or are coming into the hubs to drop something off, please remember to sign in at the office. In the event of an emergency it is important we know who is on the school site at anytime. It is also important to remind you that should your child have an appointment it is essential that they are signed in and out on the tablet in the school office. Thank you for your support in this matter

Learner Activities Before School, Break times and After School
The following activities will be running during Term 1.  We encourage your child to get involved with as many activities as they would like.  Please note the timetable has recently been updated, click here to view the activities.

Staff News
We are delighted to announce that Mel Prasad is expecting her first child in July.
We are thrilled for both Mel and Prash and wish them all the very best while they wait for their bundle to arrive!

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 Sporting Activities
We are excited to be adding Rippa Rugby into our upcoming sports.  This term we have Cricket, Swimming, Tag, Volleyball and Rippa Rugby 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 Reminder
A reminder that hubs 1, 2, 7 and 8 will kick off their swimming curriculum at CLM on Tuesday 12th March.
What to bring:
Your child/children will need to bring to school with them their swimming bag containing swimsuit, towel and swimming goggles. Learners with long hair are advised to wear a swimming cap. Click here for more details.

Yr 5 - 8 Swim Meet
The Stonefields Swim Meet 2019 will be held on Friday 8 March for all Yr 5 - 8 learners. This is a great way to demonstrate, and celebrate all of the learning that has taken place during our swimming lessons. More information can be found here.

Tamaki Softball
We had lots of fun in the sun at the Tamaki Softball Tournament this week. Our learners demonstrated great teamwork resulting in our Yr 7/8 team finishing 3rd and our Yr 5/6 team finishing 5th overall. Tau kē Stonefields!   We would like to thank all of our whānau for their help and support on the day.
Learner Safety
We would like to reiterate the importance of parking and travelling around the school in a respectful and considerate manner.    Please note the restrictions in place for parking on both Vialou Lane and Guyon Street at peak times.  Click here for our safety message.

A huge thank you for your support in making sure learners have and are wearing their hats. It is compulsory to wear a hat in Term 1 and Term 4.  Should you require a hat, they are available to purchase from the school office for $12.50 (cash only, no EFTPOS) or online 

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 the date and time for the Term 2 tour.

Please click here to go to the latest copy of School News Magazine.

Community Notices
Please take the time to click on our community notices. This section holds information on what is going on in and around our community, outside of school activities. New notices have and has recently been added and the section is updated on a regular basis. 

Stonefields Market Day
Sunday 24th March 10.00am - 1.00pm. Click here for more information.

Store Promotions

Head over to SCREEN WIPER SOLUTIONS and use the discount code Stonefields and not only will you receive free shipping but 10% of the sale goes straight to your local school.

Mention Stonefields School at the till when paying for your items at Mitre 10 Lunn Avenue and we earn points towards materials.

Mention Stonefields School at the till when paying for your items at Look Sharp Lunn Avenue to receive a 5% discount.

Term Dates 2019
T1: 4 Feb - 12 April
T2: 29 April - 5 July
T3: 22 July - 27 Sept
T4: 14 Oct - 18 Dec