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Update 11- 27th June 2019

Principal's News
Historically most Schools focus has been on building learners knowledge, knowing lots of facts about things. I certainly came from that era of education. Your success as an individual was determined by how much of that knowledge could be regurgitated in a testing situation.. In establishing a new School, we had the opportunity to reimage a vision for learning that really mattered. This vision encompassed both critical knowledge and ‘learning to learn’ strategies, skills, and capabilities that are essential for learners navigating dynamic and changing times. To do both well and for a depth of learning to occur it has required us to think carefully about what we are not going to do.
We continue to engage in conversations with parents to gather further information about what is important to inform the decisions we make about a learner's 8-year curriculum entitlement at Stonefields School.

To date, we have 500 survey responses from our learners about learning that is important for their future, learning that engages and challenges them the most, things we do well and areas for further improvement.
Our teaching team has also engaged in numerous brainstorming opportunities to make informed decisions about the learning within the New Zealand Curriculum that cannot be left to chance.

The parent voice from our meet the teacher event at the start of the year has been summarised along with the survey we asked parents to complete through the Communication update.

We are also gathering information about future predictions, the influence of technological advancements and the skills desired in the workplace. We are well aware of the disruption automation is having in the industry particularly for routine jobs. More than ever we need to ensure that our learners are equipped with the capabilities, skills, and characteristics to cope with uncertainty and complexity in a changing world.

You may be interested to look at The World Economic Forum outline of the 2022 skills that are predicted to grow and decline. We certainly have a responsibility to ensure our learners grow key literacies. This table also emphasises the importance of developing our learners capacity to think deeply and solve complex problems.
2019 Mid-Year Reporting
How to read the mid-year achievement snapshot
On Monday, 1st July, you will receive an email from SchoolTalk with your child's mid-year achievement across the Graduate Profile, which includes their progress in reading, writing, and mathematics.

For this round of reporting, you can expect to see a general comment from the Hub teachers, which will give a description of how your child is progressing, their attitude towards learning, and their social development. 

For more information on how to read your child’s mid-year achievement snapshot, click here.

Pōwhiri | Welcome to New Families and Staff
When: Monday 22nd July 2019 | 9.15am.
Details: Our whole School will formally be welcoming our new learners and staff with a Pōwhiri. You are most welcome to join us and gather in the court area at around 9.10am. Our new families will meet at the front of the School (next to the School office) at around 9.10am. Following the Pōwhiri at around 10.00am, we will have morning tea for our visitors in the staff hub upstairs, we would love you to join us. 
We will keep you updated with a plan via the school app alerts if it is too wet to go ahead.

Third Stage Build Update
On Monday, 8th July 2019, our construction team, Watts & Hughes will start the initial site setup.
Click here for more information and to view the site layout.

Child Safety
We take child safety very seriously and we wanted to remind you about how you can play your part in keeping our learners safe. 
Please take the time to read this here

Message from the Board of Trustees
The Board would like to acknowledge the community engagement during the recent elections. It was great to see a large increase in parents putting themselves forward as nominees and the high level of community engagement during voting.

Initial Focus:
Along with inducting a new board, our initial high-level focus is to support school management in the following areas:
  • Property Improvements;
  • Learner Achievement; and
  • Health & Wellbeing.
School Maintenance
We welcome our new caretaker Phil and the Watershed team. We have contracted Watershed to manage the school maintenance and grounds requirements in lieu of a caretaker employed by the school. Watershed manage maintenance and grounds for schools around Auckland. The Board will review the costs and benefits during and at the end of the two-year contract.

Hub 5 Lunchtime Market Day    
As communicated earlier this week, the Hub 5 Lunchtime Market Day that was scheduled for today was postponed.
The Market Day will now take place on Thursday, 4th July.
Time: 12:50pm - 1:40pm
Where: Outside Hub 5 (inside Hub 5 if it is raining)

Thank you for supporting our Hub 10 and 12 market day last week! The learners raised just over $1000... a wonderful achievement! Thank you to Mrs. Watson and Mrs. Hansen for supporting our learners. All money raised goes towards Hub activities.
Senior Cross Country (Yr 4-8)
A reminder that the Senior Cross Country is taking place tomorrow, Friday 28th June 2019.
Where: Colin Maiden Park
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Dress: Sport / casual gear (comfortable clothes to run in)
All the information you need is available on our sports website, this includes videos of the various routes which may be helpful for learners that like to visualise the route.
If you have not done so already, please complete the permission form for your child/ren to walk up to Colin Maiden, this can be done here.

Eastern Primary Schools Gymnastics Competition (Year 3 - 8)
The Eastern Primary Schools Gymnastics Competition is coming up. More information and registration can be found on our Sports website
Entries close on Wednesday, 3rd July.

World Cup Day
We learned all about Bringing our Best together as we celebrated the Women's World Cup last Friday. Our teams worked together to learn about technology, maths and inclusion in sport, the history of the Women's World Cup and equity in sport as well as testing out their football skills. It was lovely to see our learners celebrating so many countries and cultures and working together as a whole school.
Eastern Zones Hockey Tournament
Our team had a fantastic day at the EZ Hockey tournament on Monday. The team went from strength to strength with each game finishing 2nd in their pool before progressing to the semi-finals and eventually finishing in 4th place. A brilliant result for our girls!
Tri-Star Gymnastics Fun Festival
We had lots of fun taking part in the inclusive D-Gym programme at the Tristar Gymnastics Fun Festival this week. Our learners took on the vault, floor, beam, rings, tramp and tumble track with lots of determination and big smiles.
Tamaki Ki-o-Rahi 
Stonefields were on fire at the inaugural Tamaki Ki-o-Rahi tournament yesterday. Ki-o-Rahi is a fast and exciting Māori field game which relies on teamwork, speed and strategy. All of our teams had great success, winning most of their games. A special congratulations to our Yr 7/8 team who were dominant and undefeated in their grade.
As always, we would like to thank all of our whānau for their help and support at each of these events. It is greatly appreciated.

Good News Story
Congratulations to Addison who had an amazing win at her inter club gymnastics competition last weekend. Addison was part of the winning team (of 4 gymnasts) and won overall gymnast. We are very proud of you Addison, all your hard work and determination certainly paid off!

Our Stonefields Rockstars (Year 3) in action!

Stonefields School Disco
Upon a Starry Night
Junior Disco | Year 0-3 |5:30pm - 6:45pm
Senior Disco | Year 4-8 | 7:15pm - 8:45pm
We are all looking forward to a great night tomorrow.

Important Information:
  • An event band and ticket booklet to claim items purchased will be handed out in the Hubs tomorrow, Friday 28th June to all disco-goers. Make sure you bring your ticket to the disco.
  • Due to health and safety reasons, we ask that all children are dropped off at the hall from where they will be supervised by teachers and volunteers. Please do not crowd the entrance as this clogs it up. There will be a parent mix and mingle in Hub 2 for all parents (and siblings) who would like to stay for the duration of the disco. 
  • When picking up your child/ren, please wait at the hall doors. The children will be brought out by volunteers. Please do not crowd the exit as this clogs it up.
  • Please note the disco is only open to learners who attend Stonefields School.
Ticket sales on the night - There will be a limited number of both junior and senior disco tickets for sale at the door. The cost per ticket is $8 (cash only) and gets you entrance only, no extras will be available and there will be no cash sales of food etc. on the night!

Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered their time to help, these events would not be possible without your help.

We would also like to acknowledge our disco sponsors, your support is greatly appreciated.

Jungle Jambo | Interactive Kids Theatre
The biggest interactive drum show for kids in Australasia!
Rhythm Interactive is proud to present their new theatre production; Jungle Jambo “Together as one.” An inspiring show filled with fun and laughter and lots of jungle jamming. 
Rhythm Interactive has performed interactive drum shows for New Zealand schools since 2008. Jungle Jambo is our latest and biggest production to date. Everyone gets a drum to join in and is fully part of the storyline. 
Jungle Jambo is an interactive musical experience where digital characters come to life on stage, join Jambo’s tribe and help him save the jungle. 

What to do these school winter holidays? 
Jungle Jambo, The Herald Theatre Aotea Centre Auckland July 16 to July 20, 2:30 pm
Our special school offer promo code: JAMBO, use this code and receive a 15% discount
Brilliant family entertainment for kids aged 5 to 12.

Click here for tickets

Eco Shop | A great initiative that does our little bit to help the planet |
Munch Cupboard is an award-winning New Zealand self-sustaining social enterprise. Our drive is to assist in social change to make the world a better place for the next generation by considering the environment and what we feed our children. 
Some examples of products available for purchase are beeswax wraps, lunch boxes, reusable organic sandwich bags and produce bags, etc.  View the full range of products and make purchases through our school online shop. 
Items are delivered to school every fortnight, free of charge and we will contact you once your items arrive.

NO Friday Cafe on Friday 28th June due to disco setup.

Online Safety Guides for Parents and Caregivers 
The National Online Safety website provides you with the most up to date guides for social media, app and platforms.

Stuck for ideas for the School holidays?
Click here to find out what exciting activities are happening.

New Zealand Police - 105 Non-Emergency
NZ Police recently launched a new non-emergency number, 105. We’ve done this to make it easier to get hold of us in the event of non-urgent situations or ‘Things which have Already Happened’, which don’t require Police assistance immediately.
You can call us on 105 for all non-emergencies, or you can go online to report things like:
 - Lost property
-  Theft for a public place or car
-  Intentional property damage
-  Get an update or add info to a previous report

In the event of an emergency, always call 111 - Things that are Happening Now.

Chess Club - Term 3
Thursdays after school in Hub 5/6 from 3:05 pm - 4:05 pm starting Thursday 25 July 2019. The last session on Thursday 26 Sept 2019
Class Fee: $120.00 for the term/student.
Click here to register or visit the Chess Power website for more information (click "Parents Centre") 
Contact:  Paul MacDonald 021 027 15577 or Email

2019 Entertainment Books
Click here to order the NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Membership.

Lunn Avenue Store Promotions

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

Mention Stonefields School at the till 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