“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” Lao Tzu.
Nau mai haere mai 2021. We are so excited to be back at school with all of you. We hope you feel refreshed and raring to go as we venture into our year of creativity and curiosity.
Week 1 Focus: Caring-Manaakitanga
Plenty of new journeys are starting this week as we begin our new school year in 2021. If there is anything that I feel I have learned from 2020 it is that change is the only constant. We need to support and equip our tamariki with the skills and qualities for an ever-changing Aotearoa and indeed world.
With these changes, our children will not only rely on their ability to read, write and use maths but will need qualities such as working as a team, relating effectively with those around them, participating and contributing to their communities; local, national and global, thinking- in a variety of ways as well as being able to manage themselves.
Vision for 2021
We have a simple vision for this year for Te Huruhi. This has been developed using feedback from children, staff, and our community. This consultation will continue through 2021.
- To develop creativity and unlock curiosity in our children.
- To focus on the wellbeing of our tamariki and our staff.
- To be the best we can be – to ourselves, each other, and our environment by making good choices.
We have an awesome staff team with phenomenal skills and qualities. Our teachers and teacher aides have been busy preparing for 2021 and our office and grounds staff have been incredibly busy getting the school ready. A huge thanks to all of you. How lucky are we!
Welcome to our new staff and tamariki
We welcome several new teachers this year; Kim Van Der Speck, Greta Borren in the senior classes and Pippa Barrett and Tamaara Nicholson in the junior classes. We hope you have a fantastic year and we are so excited about what you will bring to Te Huruhi.
We will be welcoming all of our new tamariki, staff and whanau onto our school with a pōwhiri at 9.00am on Tuesday 9th February.
Change of Hours
After reflecting on our learning times, together with our vision and values, we have decided to modify our school timetable a little bit. Every decision we have made has been to improve holistic opportunities for our children linking to our vision and values.
|8.30 am||Start of school day and first learning block|
|11.00am||Second learning block|
|12.30pm||Lunch break with children eating kai first.|
|1.15pm – 1.30pm|
1.30pm – 2.30pm
|Well being Focus|
Afternoon learning block
|2.30pm||End of school day|
Our learning programme for Term 1
In term 1 we start by focusing on Te Huruhi’s school values: The 5Cs underpinned by “choices”. This will be explored through a visual art theme. Each class will work toward producing artwork or a sculpture to explore our values. This will lead toward a mini art/ sculpture trail through our school by the end of term which we hope you can join us for.
Enviro Green Gold goal for 2021
We are aiming to get back on track in 2021 with our enviro- education programme working toward the GreenGold award. Much of the learning will be integrated through all of our programmes and norms of the school. We want our tamariki to be the best they can be – to themselves, each other and our environment.
- Litterless lunch/ “0” waste
Please support us in looking after our environment, by giving your child a litterless lunch, or a zero waste lunch (the packaging comes home). We would love to reduce our school waste to zero! This is about looking after our school environment and reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
- A healthy lunch
Staff unanimously agreed in seconds to support healthier lunch boxes. We would like to discourage soft drinks, lollies and other junk food from coming into school. Please support us in this.
- Garden to Table
One of our favourite programmes is back up and running in 2021 for Year 5 children. Teachers will inform you if and when your child is participating in the programme. All Garden to Table students need to wear covered shoes for this (health and safety). This is a marvellous programme supporting healthy eating, positive social skills and of course learning all about how to garden.
Digital Technology at Te Huruhi
Each week your child will receive digital technology lessons. This is a very exciting opportunity for us where we will upskill our children (and staff) to apply what they learn into solving problems and thinking creatively. We also hope to get a TV channel established by Term 2 run by children!
Te reo and tikanga/ Kaiawhina
With Elisha Scott leaving us last year, we have thought very hard how we will continue to integrate te reo and tikanga Maori into our programmes. Whilst we are still looking for a kaiawhina, Whaea Stacey has given all staff resources to consolidate what we have done previously. All children will continue to learn te reo in their classes.
Meet the Teacher
The perfect time for us to get to know each other is at our Meet the Teacher evening. To begin with, the Senior Leadership Team will share our vision for 2021 with you. You will then get the chance to visit your child’s learning space to find out a bit more about their programmes and expectations for the year.
This will be on Thursday 25th February from 6.00pm in the hall. This will be followed by two class sessions: 6.30pm- 7.00pm and 7.05pm-7.35pm.
Communication with staff
We know that you will need to email staff when a situation arises or when we need to know something. After 5.00pm each evening and over the weekend, staff will not be expected to reply instantly. They will reply at the next available opportunity; within 48 hours during the week and from Monday. The most important thing for the children is that staff are focused on preparing and planning for fabulous learning experiences. Teachers often plan and prepare lessons in the evenings and weekends. It is important that they also balance their lives and have time with their family to rest and recuperate.
|School begins||Tuesday 9th February|
Powhiri for new children, whanau and teachers- 9.00am at our school hall
|Parent workshop on Building Resilient Children with Jaz Murphy||Wednesday 17th February|
Hall meeting room
|Photolife: class, portrait and sibling photographs||Thursday 18th February|
|Travelwise: Electric bus safety lessons||Wednesday 24th February|
|Meet the Teacher||Thursday 25th February|
6.00pm- Hall- Our vision and values for 2021
6.30pm- Class session 1
7.00pm- Class session 2
|Picnic at Te Huruhi||Thursday 11th March 5.00pm- 6.30pm|
We ask all of our community to scan in using the Covid-19 app when entering our school through the gates. We also ask that you continue to remind your children to always wash hands after going to the toilet and maintain healthy hygiene practices. We will also be teaching the children about this at school.
Please ensure your child has a wide-brimmed hat ready for Term 1. We will make it compulsory for all children to wear a wide-brimmed or legionnaires style hat from Monday of week 2. At this point, all children without a hat will be required to stay in shaded areas only.
All classes will have scheduled swimming times in our school pool. From Monday 15th February weeks 2, 3, 4, 5 instructional swimming lessons with Swim Auckland will begin. After week 5, the timetable continues and the teacher will take over the instruction. Class teachers will send out more information.
Our back to school stationery lists are on the OfficeMax MySchool website.
This year OfficeMax have introduced Laybuy*, so you can pay in 6 weekly, interest-free instalments.
If you prefer you can call the OfficeMax MySchool team on 0800 724 440 Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm.
Please come and see us if you are having difficulty in paying for or obtaining your child’s stationery. Children are expected to have stationery ready to use in class in Week 1.
Once again, we warmly welcome you all back to our beautiful school tomorrow morning ready for 2021.
Nga mihi nui,
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