Week 1 Term 3
Value for week 1: Mana- Commitment
“He tina ki runga, he tāmore ki raro – In order to flourish above, one must be firmly rooted below.”
Kia ora koutou.
Welcome back to the third term. We are really looking forward to our time together once more.
We have planned a term where the performing arts come to the surface. I am a firm believer of the arts and their place in society, workplace and in the tamariki’s lives and future. Imagine a world without the arts!
A little bit like cross country running, we sometimes have children who find this challenging.
The important thing to remember is that performing arts is not just about a showpiece at the end of a term. It is about developing confidence to speak out loud, to work as a group, to communicate effectively and clearly, to solve problems. It is about pushing ourselves a little bit out of our comfort zone and taking a risk. It is a lifetime memory! It is about staff supporting each and every child to find their place and nurture this.
Of course, it is not just about the main characters in a show either, but being the supporting crew on and off stage, as well as learning what goes on behind the scenes; the lighting, the sound, the scripts, managing ourselves and solving complex problems. I can’t wait! There is so much potential. We learn so much through the arts. Positive behaviour and an enviro focus will be the vehicle throughout this term which is in line with our vision for the year.
We are kickstarting the arts based term with a book week entitled: Positive Superheroes (real or fictional).
The whole of the library has been revamped to accommodate our captivating book fair. It looks amazing! There are so many titles for you to choose from to encourage reading with your child. Classes will spend time in the library looking at all the wonderful books for sale and a wish list will come home during the week. Books are available to purchase each morning from 8.00-8.30am and afternoon from 2.20-3.00pm. It was an excellent first turn out today for the book fair so thanks for your eagerness.
Come and meet Geronimo Stilton too who will be with us during the week.
We invite you to enter into the spirit of the week by supporting your child to dress up on Friday as a character. If you can not manage a positive superhero, any book character will bring our day alive!
We have Paul Mason, a Waiheke children’s writer, visiting the older classes and running a workshop. Anna Theed has kindly offered her time as well to spend time in the classrooms, reading and answering questions that our tamariki may have about being an author.
Parent/ student/ teacher Interviews
You will have received the information about our two interview days last term (Wednesday 4th August, 1.00pm-5.00pm and Thursday 5th August, 4.00pm-7.00pm) with many slots booked already. School will close at 12.30. If you cannot make arrangements for your child please email the office so we can arrange supervision. Buses will run at 12.30 pm.
This is the first time in a while that we are having interviews due to covid so we are looking forward to seeing you. If you have any questions and or can not find a slot, please contact your teacher directly.
We would also like to take this opportunity to collect your voice about the school’s future and direction. After or before your interview we would love you to meet Emily and myself in the office area. We will ask what is important to you and your child’s learning. Developing our local curriculum and direction means we need your voice.
Teacher Only Day reminder
On 6th September the staff will be taking part with all kaiako across Waiheke about Te Tiriti Aotearoa history. This is to upskill everyone for the new expectations and content of the curriculum for 2022.
We are also giving you notification that we will be doing our final Teacher Only Day for the year in term 4. This will be in week 8, Monday 6th December.
This will be focusing on improving transitions and assessment for our tamariki moving through the school.
We only take these Teacher Only Days where there is maximum benefit for your child as we know and appreciate that this takes time to organise. Thanks in advance for your support.
Some fun reminders of Term 2’s learning
Makeymakey and learning software to programme to solve a problem…
This was making an electronic drum kit
Classes from Year 2 to Year 6 all had the opportunity to learn this at different levels.
Next term many classes will also focus on digital media and stop animation to tell stories and ideas.
We wish all of our learning community the best Term 3 ever. With showcases, shows, sport, enviro, planting days we are very eager and excited to see what this term holds for our tamariki and wider community.
Please enjoy the first week back and we look forward to seeing you at the parent/teacher interviews if not before..
Phil Wainwright (Acting Principal)