Friday, August 7, 2020

Cross Country Results- 2020

Year 0

Girls

Boys

1st 

Belle

Grayson

2nd

Susana

Jackson

3rd

Sophie

Angus

Year 1

Girls

Boys

1st 

Ruby 

Liam

2nd 

Brooklyn

Amos

3rd

Harper

Weston

Year 2

Girls

Boys

1st

Amelia

Kodie

2nd

Charlotte

Ari

3rd

Shizaya

Damon

 Year 3 

Girls

Boys

1st

Pippa

Mack

2nd

Sophie

Braxton

3rd 

Elvera

Toby

8 Yrs

Girls

Boys

1st

Penny

Tawa

2nd

Abby

Izzy

3rd 

Mya

Grayson

4th

Ella

Cory

5th

Hannah

Riley

6th

Paige

Ollie


9 Yrs

Girls

Boys

1st

Ashleigh

Lucas

2nd

Kayla

Cooper

3rd

Mia

Ollie

4th

Julia

Harry

5th

Petina

Taylor

6th

Emma

Dylan

10 Yrs & over

Girls

Boys

1st

Stellar

Ali

2nd

Jorjie

James T-W

3rd

Tayla

Samuel

4th

Allazay

Luke

5th

Xevania

James F

6th 

Aaliyah

Ollie


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Week 2 News

Tēnā koutou e te whanau


Welcome to term 3.  It promises to be another busy one with Cross country next week on Wednesday.  Greater information shared on our school blog.  Please understand these are approximate times.  

We have the sponsored run on Friday the 28th.  This was called the track-athon last year and was lots of fun!  We are relying heavily on this fundraising to cover the extras in our curriculum that we purchase for classrooms, please support us by encouraging children to gather as much sponsorship as you can.  Unfortunately as always, our school budget runs on the smell of an oily rag and goodwill.  


Our reality is fundraising and grant applications just to purchase the necessities for learning.  The sponsored run is a fun way we can raise part of this much needed money.  We know that many in our community will be struggling within the current climate, so are only planning for fundraising that we absolutely need to do.


In the last week of term on Wednesday the 23rd of September it is Ag and Flower day.  More information regarding the creative side of this day will come home much closer to the date, but if you are planning to enter a lamb or a goat, please see Dianne in the office, fill in a registration form and take away a booklet for your child to fill in about their animal.  If you are wanting more information regarding this, Dianne is your person.


For families of new entrant children who have just started this term, or are to come this year or next year, we are holding a New Entrant information evening on September the 10th.  This evening aims to answer some of your questions about our school and your child starting school, if you have attended this in the past, there is no need to attend again as it is the same information.


We did suffer a bit of damage in the storm and the playground remains out of bounds.  We are going to need to do a lot of work to restore and update this area to make it usable to the children again.  The current bark is basically mulch and needs to be completely removed.  If anyone has time to spare and a wheelbarrow we would love a helping hand, any time with this.  We will move the bark (mulch) and put it under the plants in the gardens that adjoin the road line.  We will then need significant funds to replace this bark with either matting, or new bark.  Currently Mitre Ten is running a helping hands project, you can apply for this in support of us.  Our internet is down at the moment, but when we find the link, we will share it.


It is great to see children back happy and rested.  Our attendance rates are excellent and we thank you for your support with this.  Remember regular attendance is crucial not only for learning, but more importantly for social happiness.  Friendships are hard to develop and consolidate if children are frequently away.  


A big thank you to all of the wonderful respectful drivers at pick up time.  We appreciate your patience and kindness.  Please remember to join the line at the end, rather than driving through the gate and joining the line here, this is disrespectful to those that have been waiting for a considerable time.  We also ask that you remember to use the crossing when parking to pick up children and that if you are in the line, you remain in your car until we send children to you.  If there are a change to how a child is going home, please phone in and let us know.


Also a polite reminder that children should be here no earlier than 7.45am (but we prefer them to be 8am onwards.) Also children need to be picked up by 3.15pm, at the latest 3.20pm. 


After school care continues to provide a fantastic service, if you are needing more time after school, I really recommend that you register with them.  Your child will have a ball and you won’t have to worry about being late.


Finally, but most excitingly we would like to share with you the journey we are currently embarking on.  As part of our Kahui Ako (community of learning) we are also part of a wider Whangarei Hub of schools.  This hub represents 15 000 children in Whangarei.  Together our focus is wellbeing.  Schools in this group are working on ways to increase the wellbeing of children and staff.  Our focus has always been strong in this area, but something we have struggled to develop is our understanding of our place, our Tūrangawaewae (where we stand.). We have a rich history, but want to really connect ourselves, our children and our community to this.  To understand our history pre the school being built and to connect to our history post the building of the school.  For which we have rich information.  We want the children to be involved in this learning, but first are needing to do research ourselves into the history prior to the school being built, as we do not have a lot of information for this, and connect to those people who may be able to help us in this journey.  


We then want to represent this visually in our Mana Whenua (belonging) garden so that this history is easily seen and accessed by all for all of the children and families that will attend our school in the future.  This garden will eventually represent times in our history and present that are important to us, along with places that we are connected with.  This will take time, but it is an exciting journey to be on and one that we are very committed to. As part of this, I will start sharing with you snippets of our history that we do have.


If you do know of anyone that could perhaps share with us information about the land our school is built on prior to it being used as a school we would love to hear from you.    I will share the original deed with you, what an exciting document to have.


Remember, if you have any questions or concerns around your child’s learning or otherwise pop in and see your child’s teacher or send them a message.  An appointment can then be made quickly to resolve this.  The only silly question is the one that isn’t asked.  



Noho ora mai - stay well and look after yourself


Thank you for helping to make our school a special place to be, a true taonga, for your kindness and respect.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Cross Country Information

School Cross Country - Wednesday August The 5th
Start Time - 10.15am
Please note time is approximate, some races will run faster or slower than expected.  Year zero and one will run around the bike track, so will need shoes on the day.  For all other children, shoes are optional.  It is going to be quite muddy, so a change of clothes for afterwards is highly recommended.
Please note it is a normal school day, children will be in classrooms in the afternoon as they usually would, this is not an early day.

If it is too wet the junior section of the day will be cancelled as we do not have a postponement date.  We will endeavour to run the senior races on the day as they need to qualify from the Whangarei event.  If for any reason we are not able to do this, we will run the races during school time on the next fine day available to us.

Juniors (juniors start their race out on the main field in the vicinity of the shelter)

Year 0’s - 10.15 - 1 lap around bike track (birthdays after May 1st)
Year 1’s - 10.20 - 1 lap around bike track 
Year 2’s - 10.25 - 1 lap around school (go outside the school gate along roadside)
Year 3’s 10.35 (approximately 800m - go out of school grounds, run just past the top gate to the power pole, then return back and in through the top gate.)

Morning Tea - 10.45am (approximate)
Juniors will then return back to classrooms to be supervised while the senior events run.

Seniors
Please note, if you take junior children out to watch older siblings, they need to stay with you and be supervised by you.  Seniors start their race in the vicinity of the school bike shed.)
Times are approximate only and races must be completed before the next one starts.

8yrs and under - 11.30 - Junior Trophy - 105 Apotu
9yrs - 11.50 - Middle Trophy - 133 Apotu
10+yrs - 12.10 - Senior Trophy - 147 Apotu

Please note age in Senior races is on the 1st of January 2020 to align ourselves with the Whangarei Event.

WPSSA (Whangarei Competitive Event) Distances:
8 Years - 1800m
9 Years - 2200m

10 Years - 2200m 


Friday, June 26, 2020

Next Steps - Native Garden Development

The progress already has been huge.  Paul has been working hard on this area.  The paths already look great.  Room 8 helped out this week, finding rocks around the school and moving them so they could be used to mark out garden areas.  This is a work in progress.  A group of senior boys have worked really hard with Paul during break times, thanks Luke, Ben, Taylor and Dylan...doing this all off their own bat, just becuase they want to.💗









The children are already loving the new playing spaces the paths have created.  They are also enjoying engaging with Paul in the work he is doing while they are on their breaks, or at play-based time.

Next gap 30 lime chip (cartage donated by Avoca) will be put down on the paths and wood chip added to the areas that we want to plant. 

We will make some decisions on the best plants to plant in each area, but if you would like to be part of this project, you are more than welcome.

We think it is a great way to reinforce Kaitiakitanga in a pratical and authentic way. 

The boys also plan to build a small bridge with Paul and we will look at other exciting things we could add to this space.

A place to play and a place to plant.  Kaimahi in action.  😍


Week Eleven News

Our news this week...
Kia ora e te whānau
This week is week eleven of a twelve week term. With the lockdown and teaching remotely, it has felt like a long term indeed.
As with any Winter term, we have many different virus’s going around at the moment. In fact children seem to be suffering from a virus that has cold like symptoms but also manifests as a sore tummy. If children are unwell keep them home as you usually would.
We have noticed many children are not dressing for the colder weather, so a few extra layers, wouldn’t go astray. We have children coming down to the office wanting spare jumpers and pants because they are cold, we simply don’t have enough to go around. Please ensure they bring layers to school with them.
Taking responsibility for belongings seems to be something many children are struggling with. Please encourage children to look after what they own, many items are simply left lying around for days outside classrooms and in the playground. Our children are lucky that the items they leave lying around, are left there until they finally take them home.
Empty classroom will be held on the last day of term the 3rd of July. Please ensure children bring along a few changes of clothes for this day. They are also welcome to plan out what they want to do on this day and bring along their own supplies. They are allowed tools etc, but please no knives.
Learning summaries will come home via seesaw soon. Some may have already gone home. Each teacher will send these home as they are completed. Please take the time to read these. If you would like to have an appointment to talk about your child’s progress, please feel free to make one to do so. Real time reporting works the best when we can address things quickly and give you ideas promptly of how you can help. No question about your child’s learning is ever a silly one. If the teacher feels they would like to speak to you further about your child’s learning, they will also indicate this on the summary.
End of day procedures are working really well, we just request that everyone that picks up your child, knows to use the crossing and not to get out of their car if they are parked in the line. If they want to walk in and collect children we ask that they park. We have no issue with a child being helped quickly into their car seat, but if someone is getting fully out of their car, walking in and then back with the child, it does cause a lot of delay for others.
Paul Allen and some of the children have been busy in the Native garden area. We are making paths so that we can actively work on creating places to play and places to plant. Restoring our native area, back to what it was. If you have any native plants you think would grow really well in this area under the current canopy please let us know. We are also on the look our for any ponga logs for this area.
Next term will be Ag and Flower day. If you have a lamb or a goat you would like your child to bring along, registrations will open at the beginning of next term. If you can not get your hands on a lamb, but would like your child to benefit from the experience of raising one, Dianne may be able to secure one for you. Please come in and see her.
Please don’t send bikes along with children just yet, the bike track is currently under repair. They will be able to bring these along again next term. We also ask that children leave small items and toys at home, these cause great upset when they are lost. Tools are absolutely fine to bring as long as children are responsible for them. On Nerf day Thursday children can bring along their nerf gun, but once again, please remind them to look after these.
Please make sure you are signed back into your seesaw parent and family app and check this regularly so you don’t miss out on any learning updates. Please give seesaw posts a like or a comment, just so we know you have seen them.
Kia pai to wiki
Ngā mihi nui
Leslee

Friday, June 19, 2020

Reinvigorating our Native Bush

Our native bush area was first planted in 2004. A gift from Mrs Timoko's class.  It was a huge effort and took lots of planning and hard work.

It has been an absolute asset to our school, however with play-based learning children have been allowed over the last few years to use it as a play space.  Meaning many of the original plants died and areas were damaged.

We want to breathe life back into our Native bush area, by now creating play spaces, and no play spaces.  Clearning out, cleaning up and replanting areas that the children then look after in with their tuakana teina class.  

Paul Allen has done a huge amount of work clearning the spaces we want to set up as 'no play' spaces, moving rocks and forming edges.  We then want to bark these areas, eventually form usable paths and plant trees that will happily exist under the current canopy.

On Empty classroom day we plan to move the wood chip we currently have (from the tree that was cut down.)  We will then need more rocks and start planting areas.  This project will allow children to put kaitiakitanga into practice in our own backyard.  

It is a work in progress.  If you feel there is anything you may be able to help with to contribute to this project, we would gladly assist your assistance.  
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