Newsletter Week 4 Term 2

Turua School 26th May 2022


A big thank you to our parents who attended the working bee last week. The school is looking great! Thanks to Nicole Clapp, Hayden and Amy Rakich, James and Mel Klaricich, Davina, Eden and Ariana Peke, TeTahi Tai, Anikha Sanders and Greg Martin.


Congratulations to our Senior Student Leaders for 2022.

School Captains: Rudy and Ivy

Sport Leader: Ariana

Library Leader: Abby

Cultural/Tech Leader: Ty

Media Leader: Trisha

Environmental Leader: Madison

Service Leader: Jake

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Our teachers of NE to Y2 are participating in professional development based on the Better Start Literacy Programme. This programme is being implemented into both Ika Iti and Pātiki. On Thursday June 2nd we are hosting an information sharing meeting for parents to unpack the programme. Judith Woodham our Resource teacher for Literacy will be leading the meeting. There will be some changes to how your child is learning and your attendance would certainly be beneficial in you understanding these changes and why we are making them.

When: 2nd June

Time: 3.15pm - 4.00pm

Where: Pātiki


Now that we are able to experience more community interaction on site and at school events it is timely to share our school conduct expectations. A reminder that all school policies and procedures can be found on the SchoolDocs website which is llinked on both the school website and app.

User Name: turua

Password: mybestalways

Turua School is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students, staff, and visitors.

Our Code of Conduct serves as a reminder to all parents, caregivers, and school visitors that their conduct must support everyone’s emotional and physical wellbeing, and not harm it in any way.

The Code of Conduct applies:

  • to all conduct, speech, and action, and includes emails, texts, phone calls, social media, or other communication
  • while on school grounds or at another venue where students and/or staff are assembled for school purposes (such as a camp or sports match).

Standards of conduct

Turua School expects parents, caregivers, and visitors to:

  • treat everyone with respect
  • work together in partnership with staff for the benefit of students
  • respect and adhere to our school values
  • set a good example for students at all times
  • follow school procedures to handle any complaints
  • adhere to school policies and procedures (such as those listed below), and any legal requirements.

Examples of unsuitable conduct include:

  • threats, bullying, harassment
  • profanity/offensive language
  • insulting, abusing, or intimidating behaviour
  • racism or discrimination (e.g. based on ethnicity, religion)
  • physical aggression
  • deception/fraud
  • damaging school property
  • smoking, vaping, possessing, or using alcohol/drugs/other harmful substances on school premises or at another venue where students and/or staff are assembled for school purposes (except possession or use of alcohol in accordance with school policy)
  • placing unreasonable and excessive expectations on staff time or resources
  • pursuing a complaint or campaign, or making defamatory, offensive, or derogatory comments, regarding the school, its board, or any staff or students on social media or other public forums
  • wearing gang insignia on the school grounds. (This is not allowed under the Prohibition of Gang Insignia legislation, and anyone wearing it will be asked to leave.)

Dealing with breaches of the Code of Conduct

How Turua School deals with breaches of our Code of Conduct depends on the nature of the incident and its seriousness, and the process any witness or victim of the behaviour feels most comfortable with. Examples include:

  • documenting each instance of behaviour, including the date, time, place, who was present, what was said (verbatim if possible), how any witness or victim felt and/or responded
  • holding a meeting with the relevant person, the principal, and/or board chair (or their delegate) or appropriate staff member to discuss the problem and possible resolution
  • issuing a warning letter that outlines the problem and required resolution, and reminds them of the possible outcomes of repeated conduct
  • arranging a meeting, which may include restorative practices, as an alternative or in addition to the processes above.

Outcomes of breaching the Code of Conduct

If a parent, caregiver, or visitor acts or speaks in a way that contravenes the Code of Conduct, possible outcomes may include:

  • The school (principal, board member, or staff member) may ask a person to leave the school premises by revoking their permission to be on the school grounds, then asking them to leave under section 3 of the Trespass Act 1980.
  • Unacceptable behaviour of a criminal nature may result in the police being informed. For example, under section 241 of the Education and Training Act 2020, it is a criminal offence to insult, abuse, or intimidate a staff member within the presence or hearing of any student while on school premises or in any other place where students are assembled for school purposes. Other instances of criminal offending may occur where drugs are involved, an assault has occurred, or a person persists after being trespassed off school grounds.
  • In the case of behaviour amounting to harassment, a restraining order may be sought.
  • In some instances, it may be appropriate to refer behaviour to a third party for resolution. For example, a Facebook comment that contravenes this policy may result in a report to Facebook. If unacceptable behaviour occurs at a sports event or sports venue, then it may be appropriate to involve the governing body of that sport, event, or venue.

Class Awards

Well done to everyone. There were lots of awards this week!

Garden To Table

This week we had a visit from our regional GTT coordinator Kate. It’s been a while since her last visit but she was able to muck in and help out in the kitchen with Mangopare and garden with Kaitaki. Kia Ora Kate, it was great to have all your expertise on session. Out in the garden our beds were getting loving layers of mulch ready for winter. Our sowing in the last couple of weeks has been successful and we will reap the harvest in the next couple of months. We also harvested the first of new broccoli crop as well as lots of greens. Thank you to those who helped with the tidy up of the garden during the working bee, it’s looking great.
In the kitchen Mangopare utilised the beautiful broccoli to make some broccoli balls, these small morsels were a hit. We also made a pot of tasty lemon cordial, thank you Mrs Harrison for sharing your tree with us. Kaitaki made quick work of greens and cheese fritters. They’re always popular and a good way to practice our shredding techniques.

EPro8 Challenge

Our seniors at last nights EPro8 challenge in Thames.

School Photos

Photolife will be here taking school and sibling photos on Monday the 13th June. More information to come closer to the time. If you require a form for a sibling photo please ask the office or your teacher. Thanks
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