Message from the Principal
March 19 2019
Tēna Koe, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Fakatalofa atu and warm greetings to you all
A big thank you to the whānau who joined us on Monday morning for our full school assembly on the centre court. As a staff we spent time before 9am talking through some trauma/anxiety issues our KURA kids might have. We had a child psychologist in to work with us. It is so important we as teachers are equipped to deal with whatever comes out in class. Zoe Collins from Room 11 contacted me over the weekend and she wants to do a coin trail at school.We will give this to the official Give a Little page that has been set up .See below for details.
At this school many years ago we had to lock the whole school to keep everyone safe. So our emergency procedures are very well written and everyone in our school knows them. In every class there are posters, in each block there are wheelie bins ready for us to grab with medical and other needs in them.
To always know what we need to do in an emergency our school does termly drills.
We have a fire drill - a long bell will sound and we move our classes in a calm manner out onto the school field and the teacher takes a clip board with them and takes the roll. We have an evacuation board that as each class comes out and the roll is completed teachers show that their class is all accounted for.
We have an earthquake drill where a series of short bells will sound- in class everyone DROPS - COVERS AND HOLDS. The class waits for the long bell for evacuation and once more we go to the field. Same procedure with the evacuation board.
The lockdown is a series of long, long, long, long bells and class teachers lock doors , pull blinds or curtains, turn off lights and we get down out of sight. Teachers text the office when this is all done, when the office has heard from everyone that they are safe - we wait until the safety concern has passed.
The drills are so important and we do talk to our tamariki about WHY we do this and that if you are always prepared you are informed and can do the right thing.
Already this term we have had all 3 and everyone can follow and do what is required. We do these drills once a term and keep notes each time we do.If you haven't sent an ice-cream container to school with food that will last all year - you need to do this now.
See the office for what you need to do .
We have had the most sick leave with students and teachers and this has an impact on school. Please if your child is vomiting or has diarrhoea don't send them to school as we end up having to clean up a lot of mess and the child feels dreadful. Our staff also pick up lots of the bugs that come to school. So a reminder please keep sick children at home.
We have also had a lot of children coming to school with a lunch box full of sugary foods and really most of our children want to eat a sandwich. Some children would rather come to the office and get a marmite sandwich instead of lollies or packs of sugary biscuits. Remember at school we provide fruit and milk every day and all our KURA kids love this. We can also make sandwiches for anyone who is hungry. You don't need to keep your child at home if they have no lunch, just send them along and let us know and we will make sure they get a nice healthy lunch.
We also have shoes, socks and/or jackets for any child who needs them . You can send a message to the teacher or to the office and we can sort anything out- we don't like seeing our KURA kids cold, wet or wearing shoes that are too small or have big holes when we can do something about it.
If you are having problems with Nits there are bottles of Nit remedy in the office and nit combs so just come in and see us, again don't leave it until it becomes a nightmare to treat.
We have two trainee first time teachers starting in our school next term . We have Olivia McKennie in Room 3 with Ebony Sushames and we have Allie Hale- Brown in R19 with Emma Collins. We look forward to working with them.
Target programs for 2019
We have put a lot of resourcing into running accelerated target programs in school this year and they are all organised by Mike Laing. He has a group of teacher aides working with him. We have:
- Quick 60
- An alphabet program
- Early words
- Clay words
- Spring into Maths
- Reading Recovery
- Co - writer APP
If your child is in one of these programs feel free to pop in and see Mike.
A big thank you to all the whānau who have paid school fees as these help us do all the extra things in school.
A big thank you also to all the whānau who have paid the $10 for swimming in year 4 - 6.
If your child is in Te Wana the New Entrants or Piritahi Year 1/2 they started Jelly bean music last week and they all seemed to get a lot out of the sessions. Jelly bean music are here all year and will work across our school.
In Term 2 we have school reports and interviews. The report is shared with you at the interview. The interviews are 15 minutes long and it is a really effective time to spend on your child's social and academic progress at mid year. The dates for this are Monday 1st July, Tuesday 2 July and Wednesday 3 July. I am telling you early as school closes at 2pm on the Monday and Tuesday so we can get to see all whānau and we close at the normal time of 3pm on the Wednesday. This gives you plenty of time to sort/ arrange things at work. The YMCA will open at 2pm on the Monday and Tuesday.
Many parents asked about how long their child needs to stay home when they have some infectious diseases- here is a link to help you
Trauma/Anxiety post Christchurch
If you are worried about your child and need some support here are 3 sites you can go to when dealing with trauma:
Helping children deal with trauma – Ministry of Health website
Children’s Commissioner NZ Facebook page
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