Message from the Principal
July 31 2020
Tēna Koe, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Fakatalofa atu and warm greetings to you all.
What a beautiful week we have had at school with sunny days and all our KURA kids being able to get outside in the fresh air and run around and play with their friends. It makes such a difference to life at school and to everyone's wellbeing.
My staff really loved the opportunity finally to sit down with you all for parent interviews and discuss how your tamariki are progressing at school. There was a big buzz in our staffroom each night and this was good to see, as this year has been very strange with setting up relationships with whānau.
Our lovely Annabeth Evans will be leaving us at the end of Week 6, her and Deane are shifting to Palmerston North to be closer to family. We have loved having Annabeth as part of the KURA team and know she will be missed by all of us. We wish her all the best at her new school. Rian Kannemeyer will be the new teacher in Room 12 and it was great that he could be at school for the parent interviews so everyone could meet each other. Rian will start on the 31st August.
I talked with lots of whānau on the interview nights and the impact of COVID 19 was discussed lots. School still isn't back to our normal and we are seeing anxiety and stress in some of our KURA kids. We are hearing about job losses and uncertainty in homes. This has a big impact on the little people who listen to all the adults talking in homes. We even have KURA kids who get worried by what they hear on the news. We have had to be really innovative in the ways we are engaging and working with our KURA kids to ensure they see the best in themselves and life.
This term across our school we have lunchtimes programs running-
- Monday - dance groups with Ebony Sushames
- Tuesday - Coding with Jamie Merrick
- Wednesday - band with Matua Murray and Matua Gardner
- Thursday - Choir with Miss Ell
- Friday Poi performance group with Renata
Our senior sports leaders have been running games in our school hall. School powhiri have been in the past on week 1 and week 5 and this can get overlooked in the first week when we have been on a break. So the next powhiri is the 24th August at 9am. In term 4 the Powhiri will be on Monday 19/10 and Monday 16/11.
Book Week is coming!
Our 2020 Book Week is in week 3, term 3 -3rd August to 7th August. We love reading and want to really celebrate it!
We aim to have a variety of activities over the week that aim to promote the enjoyment of reading.
We will have Book Quizzes in the morning. A separate one for year's 1-3 and for year's 4-6. The winners will be announced at the assembly on Thursday.
We will have teachers ‘Reading around the rooms’. This is where teachers go and read to a class other than their own so children get to hear a variety of teachers read.
BOOK SWAP On Wednesday 5th August - this event allows students to bring in their old books from home and swap them. Your child will be given a token for each book they bring in which they can then use to purchase other books.
Please send your books to your classroom teacher the week before book swap (week 2). Their class teacher will record the number of books brought in and tokens will be handed out on book swap day.
The books will need to be in good/readable condition, suitable for other children to read and due to our limited space, we ask that you bring in no more than 5 books per child.
This is a wonderful opportunity to exchange books that have been read multiple times for something new and unknown.
A teacher will be reading in the library each day at the start of lunchtime for any children that want to pop in and hear a story.
DRESS UP DAY Thursday 6th August.
Please reuse things you have at home and be creative in making costumes. The aim of this day is fun, we don’t want it to be a costly exercise. If children have dress ups at home already this is a great chance to bring them out. We have seen some amazingly creative home made costumes over the years made from cardboard boxes and paint. We will have a parade after roll in the morning on the middle court or in the hall if the weather is unkind. Following this we will have a short assembly with prizes for best dressed for each class and the quiz results will also be shared. Following the assembly children will work in their house groups sharing a book and doing a response until morning tea.
JUMP JAM 4 STARJAM 2020
Our School is taking part in JUMP JAM 4 StarJam 2020 in week 4 on Friday 14th August. This exciting event will help to raise awareness around disability and promote health and wellness in our community. The whole school will meet on the Friday to do some Jump Jam dances together. Your child can bring a gold coin to show their support and receive a cool StarJam wristband for participating in the event. All funds raised will go to StarJam so they can continue to help young people with disabilities to unleash their potential through the magic of music, dance and performance.
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou