Message from the Principal
July 26 2017
Tena koe, Talofa lava, kia orana, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, fakatalofa atu and greetings.
I do hope you had a lot of fun in the school holidays with your children. I went to the warm weather in Australia and it was so nice to feel the sun again. This is what I call our heads down term where we work really hard without too many interruptions. If you didn't make it to the parent interviews in Term 2 you will get a letter from me asking you to set up a meeting. Currently we are on 94% of whanau who attended so well done.
In the holidays our staff had our first Professional Development day on Restorative Practice. We had facilitators from Waikato University in to work with us. Restorative Practice sits really well in how we work as a PB4L school.
Restorative Practice is based on a relational approach, which recognises that human beings exist in a world of relationships and that a person's character is developed through their relationships with others. The underlying principle of the relational approach is that all people are entitled to enjoy respect, care and dignity. The conversations we have with our KURA kids are the essence of this.
Take care of our children,
Take care of what they hear,
Take care of what they see,
Take care of what they feel,
For how the children grow, so will the shape of Aotearoa
Dame Whina Cooper
Our Script for talking with our KURA kids when things go wrong:
Tell the story - Tell me what happened?
Explore the harm - Who do you think has been affected? In what ways?
Repair the harm - What do you think needs to happen to put things right?
Reach an agreement - If this happens again, what will you do differently?
Plan follow-up - When would be a good time to check in with you and see how you're getting on?I will keep you updated on how we develop this in our school.
Rooms 12 and 13 classrooms will be refurbished. The start date for this is September. Big changes will be made to the classes with a deck out front with an outside cover area. We are excited to be doing this and Matt Tan and Candis Wood will teach in the library during this time. We decided the library as it is warmer and has 3 or 4 different quiet areas for our KURA kids to work compared to our hall. YMCA will work out of our school hall during this time.
On Tuesday 22 August Latu Toomaga from The Brainwave Trust will be holding a parent evening at 6.30pm in the school hall. More information will follow. www.brainwave.org.nz Put this on your calendar, come along and hear about this. Our staff are really interested at learning new information.
All book club orders are to be returned to school by Friday 11 August.
Mana College Open Night - get along and see their new learning hub in 'D' block on Wednesday 26 July at 6pm. Local schools doing wonderful changes.
Rebekah Maskell will be teaching in Room 8 while Ang Strand goes on Maternity leave. Ang will leave about week 8.
Another year that Titahi Bay Intermediate host this amazing opportunity for all the Western Porirua Schools to perform. Our Kapahaka group will perform on Thursday 10 August at 6.15pm. If your child is in this group you will have received a letter which was sent home this week. This is an amazing local cultural night.
2018 year dates
Term 1 1st February - 13 April
Public holidays are Waitangi Day 6 Feb, Easter Friday 30 March and Monday 2 April
Term 2 30 April - 6 July
Public holiday is Queen’s Birthday 4 June
Term 3 23 July - 28 September
Term 4 15 October - 14 December
Public holiday 22 October Labour weekend
I read this over the holidays and thought it was worth sharing:
Keeping Children Safe On Line
1. Become your child's "friend" in any social network environment your child creates.
2. Maintain easy access to your child's profile via their log in ... you will see everything
3. Ensure that you can always have access to your child's phone to help them stay safe (i.e. it is not a no-go area)...check the quality of how they are communicating with others; talk about how they connect and communicate with friends - is it consistent with the values of your family?
4. Educate your children about the importance of protecting family and friends images...teach them to seek permission of another before they send or upload images to the internet.
5. Try to always maintain open lines of communication with children. Do not over-react if you see something that alarms you or makes you angry...share your concerns, and always talk about the issues and how they relate to them and their friends safety.
6. Agree on a time in the evening to stop using the technology within the home...that's everyone. "Remember, what we model today will either come back and embrace us or bite us tomorrow" - John Parons.
7. Talk/ask about their friends and social activity as a way to reduce the opportunity for cyber-separation to develop...encourage being open about new friends and what they are up to, and who their parents are. When in doubt, call the parents and introduce yourself.
8. Teach your children to protect their online identity, as a way to future proof themselves for employment...we need to nurture and protect them online and teach them how to protect themselves as they engage information technology.
Ngahere Term 3 Inquiry Topic - Our tamariki decided on this Inquiry.
Our Term 3 Inquiry topic is "The Ancients." Each class will select and research the time period they are most interested in from the following three choices: The Egyptians, Greeks or the Romans.
The big questions that children will investigate are: How do we learn about the past? What evidence is there today that tells us this civilization existed? What did the ancients leave behind? What did they teach us? Is it important to conserve evidence from the past? Why do we do it? What will our generation leave behind?
If you have visited either Egypt, Greece or Rome it would be great if you could share your experiences with our tamariki. Please do get in touch with your child's class teacher as you would be a great source of knowledge for our Inquiry.
Keeping Ourselves Safe
For the first few weeks our whole school will be covering the "Keeping Ourselves Safe" programme. KOS is a child protection programme in which children and young people learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others.
This is where you can get more info for parents as well view the lessons your child will be taking part in:
Class teachers deliver the programme as they have a relationship with the children in their classes. There is also some input from an education police officer. Please be aware that your child may return home and want to ask you a few questions. Anything not connected to the lesson that your child may ask we will redirect back to you. Thank you to the parents who attended one of the Police Information meetings.
This is a lunchtime club being held for 6 Thursdays in the school hall . SUPAkidz is designed to encourage children to think about the way they live and to help them explore values and beliefs from a Christian perspective. We run an interactive programme that usually includes games, stories, drama, prayer, arts and crafts. This term they will be looking at diversity - celebrating the differences that make us unique and valuable - and we will do this by exploring the story of Peter who was a friend of Jesus. We hope to run our first session at lunchtime on Thursday 17 August in the Hall.
Attendance at SUPAkidz is dependent on parental permission (permission slips available at the school office that need to be completed and returned by parents/guardians before child can attend) and of course the motivation of the child to come during their lunchtime. You are welcome to come and check us out. For further information or any questions please do not hesitate to contact Anna Gillon on 236 7100 or 021 139 1822 or email@example.com
Free NED show - Monday 7 August at 9.15am - a character education programme that centres around three important messages that have life long relevance.
Never give up * Encourage Others * Do your best
During the assembly, students will learn about NED's three messages while enjoying storytelling, magic, humour and yo-yo tricks. Yo-yos will be available to purchase that week from the hall.
What's On This Term
School Hot dogs - every Friday
Gymnastics - Years 0 - 3 starts Week 1 - 7 Thursdays/Fridays
St Johns working with all classes - week 2 - Monday 31 July / Tuesday 1 August
Powhiri Dates - 9am Monday 31 July, Monday 28 August, Monday 25 September
Matariki Kai Night - Wednesday 2 August 6pm - 7.30pm
Free NED show - Monday 7 August at 9.15am
Matariki House Day - 8 August 11am - 12.30pm
Kotahitanga at Titahi Bay Intermediate - 10 August 6.15pm
Assembly Whole School - 4 September 9 am
Artsplash Choir - Monday 18 September
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou