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Ki te kāpuia e kore e whati. We succeed together.

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Ki te kāpuia e kore e whati. We succeed together.

What a weekend we have just had and a fabulous way to end week 9.  There have been so many magical moments leading up to our Matariki celebration on Sunday at Waiheke High School; Kotahi Aroha.  A rousing thanks to whānau from Nga Purapura Akoranga who scraped, peeled, chopped and packaged hangi packs for their fundraiser.  Hundreds of packs were assembled. What a fabulous turnout of volunteers at The High School Kitchen on Saturday morning. Ki te kāpuia e kore e whati. We succeed together.

Our Kapa Haka troupe made us all very proud indeed and I for one had goose bumps running down my spine. I heard so much positivity around how good the standard was.  And even with a smaller number of singers, Te Huruhi Voices were fantastic too.

Then there was the Big Splash on Saturday- what a buzz. A huge congratulations to all of our whānau who entered and jumped in.  You were braver than I was!  I only hope you kept warm afterwards.

Te Huruhi had a true value of tuakana teina running through Friday as our Team House members, young and older, rotated through many Matariki activities.  There was such a lovely vibe around the school.

Our visit to Piritahi Marae was also another highlight for many tamariki, along with rugby training from Auckland Rugby. One of my favourite moments was walking through several classrooms and seeing the tamariki self assessing and peer assessing their own writing. 

Happy holidays

As we approach the halfway point and reflect on the year so far, we forget how disrupted the first half of term 1 was with Covid-19.  The way our tamariki bounced back, with very good support from whānau and kaiako was a true testament to our values; caring, courtesy, commitment, courage and co-operation. Tamariki have worked so hard and with the changing demands placed on us by world wide complications. 

The first half year did help to build resilience which is also needed in a rapidly changing world.  We are not perfect but we aim high, and sometimes learning (social and academic) is a little bit messy too. That is ok!

As reports come home at the end of this week, please remember how much has gone into the preparation of them with tamariki and kaiako. Whatever the report, whether there are gaps in learning with ladders to climb, and celebrations of achievements, the most important part for me is that we want our pupils to be safe, loved and cared for and that is the most important thing.   

 

Reports

Reports will be sent home electronically on Friday 9th July.  

 

Around the school over the last week

At the Marae

All of our 5Cs in one photo!

Kapa Haka at Matariki

Kapa Haka at Matariki

Training with Auckland Rugby

Makey Makey with Nga Purapura Akoranga

Making movies

 

Peer assessing writing

 

 

Self assessing learning

 

Matariki music- Tuakana teina

Enviro Matariki Games

Te Huruhi Voices performance

 

House Team Points

Only four days left to see who is going to end up in 1st spot this term.

Whero1335     3rd   
Kikorangi1471     2nd
Kakariki1505     1st
Kowhai1290     4th

 

Keeping savvy with Netsafe

In Term 1 Sandra worked with every child in our school about cybersafety and being digital citizens.  This has been very successful within our school in how we operate our digital programmes. 

Sadly we have seen an increase with some of our tamariki bringing conversations about (sometimes unsuitable) online content into our school from outside.  

We know our tamariki mix in older circles at times and in a variety of settings.  We know many have devices and their own smartphones.  We ask you to stay extra vigilant with what your child has access to, especially through social media.  Keeping Ourselves Safe is crucial and we want our primary aged tamariki to stay that way.  

Please use netsafe https://www.netsafe.org.nz/ as a way of supporting this in your home.  

This site helps you to look after your tamariki. Be aware of seemingly innocent/funny sites such as tiktok, chat room games sites etc.  Do you know who your child may be talking to on some of the games they play online? Learn how to spot false news and filter what you do not want your child to access.  The internet is a wonderful place for learning and enjoying, but we all need to move at the same speed as our tamariki, especially using safety parameters as parents.  Please, know what your child may be viewing.  

 

Te Huruhi “Cell Phone Policy”

We do not recommend that students bring cellphones to school. Cellphones are not necessary to have during the day. However, we understand that some parents like their children to have a phone to communicate with them after school.

If a student does bring a phone to school, the following guidelines apply:

  • The school does not accept responsibility for lost, damaged, or stolen phones.
  • Students must turn their phones off in class and keep them out of sight.
  • If a staff member observes a student with a cellphone during class time, the student must hand it to the staff member immediately when asked. The phone will be kept in the office and can be collected by the student at the end of the day.
  • If cellphones are used for a learning activity, this will be at the teacher’s discretion and the phone’s use will be supervised by a staff member.
  • Cell Phones may not be used at break times.
  • Students may take a cellphone on EOTC activities. These guidelines and other relevant school policies will apply.

If a parent needs to contact their child urgently during the day, they should call the office.

Inappropriate cell phone use

If a student is observed using a phone inappropriately, it will be confiscated and a parent must pick up the phone from the office. If possible, students should lock their phone before handing it to staff.

Inappropriate use of a cellphone may include:

  • any sort of bullying, e.g. disrespectful messages about staff or other students
  • taking photos or videos of other people without their permission
  • forwarding inappropriate messages or content.

Croup

Continuing with our health and hygiene messages of late, we have had a couple of reports of croup going around our whanau. Croup is contagious and your child needs to stay home until it has passed. Please keep warm and look after yourselves. Please continue to encourage hand washing and coughing etiquette. 

 

Landscaping

As mentioned last week, we are getting closer to landscaping our grounds.  We do not have a set date yet, but if you are interested in supporting a volunteer planting day, please can you give your name to Emma Bolser at [email protected] .  As soon as we get the positive news we will then get in touch. It would be lovely to have our school whānau involved in this special moment. 

 

Key Information for this week

  • School closes at 2.30pm on Friday 9th July
  • Mid Year reports will come home electronically on Friday 9th July 
  • School reopens on Monday 26th July
  • Week 1: Book week to launch our connection between literacy and The Arts.  A separate announcement will            be sent home this week about it.  
  • Parent/ student/ Teacher interviews will be in week 2
    • Wednesday 4th August children will go home at 12.15pm and interviews will operate between 1.00pm –            5.00pm
    • Thursday 5th August interviews will operate between 5.00pm-7.00pm. 
    • If you can not fit into a time that you need, please contact the teacher directly.

 

Have a great holiday and hopefully a well deserved rest for many of you.  Recharge the batteries and enjoy our amazing motu.  If you are going further afield, travel safely and have fun.  We would like to thank you for your wonderful support this term.  We have thoroughly enjoyed the journey and have many things in store for term 3; a book week, shows and developing our programmes for positive behaviour for learning as well as enviro.

 

Ngā mihi maioha

Phil Wainwright

Acting Principal