Newsletter Week 7 Term 2
Huirangi Primary School, 14th June 2021
Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!
The long weekend was very timely! I hope you all enjoyed it. Things are busy at school at school right now. Please take note of all the extras in this weeks newsletter, as it is full of interesting information and important dates that are coming up!
I am VERY excited to share with you our new School Website! It is linked to our SchoolApp, and can also be found at http://huirangi.school.nz I have been working with the web developer from SchoolApps since the beginning of the term, and am very proud of the finished product! Please share it with your family and friends. A calendar has been added to the webpage too, so you can keep tabs on upcoming meetings and events in our community.
Our Junior teachers and students have been involved in a new literacy programme launched by the Ministry of Education this term, and they received a very rewarding visit from Professor Jo Walker last Thursday. She raved about the wonderful teaching that was happening in our Junior classes, and also commented on the enthusiasm of our students when it came to their literacy learning.
As you will be aware, auditions for our school production 'The Lion King' will be taking place soon. Mrs Woodward will be directing the production, and Mrs Adriana Thomas will be teaching in Room 1 each Thursday to release Mrs Woodward so she can fulfil her directing duties. Welcome Adriana!
Last Friday we said farewell to Aylah Kettle in He Puāwai. We wish her all the best at Waitara Central.
Every term our Board reviews our policies. This month one of the policies is Reporting to Parents. See the link below to familiarise yourself with this policy:
If you have any comments please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kia pai to wiki (have a great week)!
Ngā mihi nui,
3 Way Conferences
We aim for 100% turnout as it is vital that we are able to touch base in person with parents to celebrate successes and discuss next steps and goals.
A time preference form will be sent home with the oldest or only child today. This is for you to indicate which day and 'time block' you would prefer and we will try to set appointment times to suit everyone!
If you cannot make any of the proposed dates, please contact your child's teacher directly via email, to make an appointment, otherwise, return your preference slip to the school office by 9am Monday 28th June.
Schools' Visions and Values must truly reflect a school, and should be 'living and breathing'. In time, these visions and values change to suit the community and its learners.
Looking at the feedback from the consultations that were held (before my time at Huirangi), Family and Whānau and Thinkers clearly stood out as changes we needed to make to RAFT to make it meaningful to our learners at this moment in time.
Fair and Trustworthy are still definitely part of our day to day practice at school, and are imbedded into the values of Respect and Accountability.
Thank you to those of you who shared your voice in helping us to re-design our school values. Your childs' teacher will share more about these with you at 3-Way Conferences in July.
Paid Union Meeting
Our teachers will be attending a paid union meeting on the afternoon of 23rd June.
The purpose of these meetings is for teachers to discuss the priorities for the renegotiation of their collective agreement in 2022. Issues being discussed, such as school staffing levels, directly impact on the education of your children. These meetings are a critical component of the negotiation process and it is the legal right of all members to attend a meeting and have their say.
While there will be some impact on the usual school programme that day, we have adjusted the programme to minimise disruption. Children need to be collected from school at 1pm. If you have a problem collecting your child at this time, please contact the school.
Person of Character
These dictionaries are beautiful and I know the children will treasure them for years to come.
Support Staff Week
Huirangi School & Community 150th Jubilee. March 2022.
With the 150th Jubilee coming up in March 2022 I would like to collect some stories from more recent generations to add to the stories that are in the 125th Jubilee Book.
- What were your childhood dreams?
- Did your Huirangi childhood influence your adult accomplishments
Huirangi was a battle field in the 1860's. While this is part of out history a number of residents and ex-residents have had their own battles in life and I thought it could be a unifying theme to ask people to share some of the battles they have had to face in life. For some it is a personal struggle against an illness or an accident, maybe a physical or mental struggle to cope with a work problem, or a battle to achieve a particular goal. Some aspects of these situations could be very personal and I do not want to pressure anyone into sharing stories you do not want to make public, but sharing some insights you have gained in the 'battles' you have faced would give Huirangi a story of courage and resilience - give us a positive outlook in the face of adversities people and the country at large has had to face.
For further information or questions please contact:
Friday, July 2nd, 6:30pm
Cost: $10 per person
Team Size: Maximum of 6 adults [no children, sorry]
Bring: Your own nibbles and drinks
Available on the night: Dumb Dots [maximum of 10 per team at $1 each] and Joker Cards [$10, max 1 per team]
No Door Sales: please register your team with the office
Hosted by the Huirangi Home and School.
More Home & School News
ANDERSON PIE ORDERS - Forms for these yummy pies will come home to you today, 14th June. Last year this was an awesome fundraiser for the Home & School - so, lets make it awesome again this year! Orders are to be paid either by cash to school, or direct debit to the Home & School account noted on the form. Only ONE payment per form please.
LAST DAY OF TERM BOUGHT LUNCHES - Friday 9th July - Dominos pizza slices and hot chocolate drink. The prepay/preorder forms will come home to you on 28 June, to be back at school by 9am Thursday 8th July
The children involved have been practicing hard with the support from Te Waiti Mareikura from the TRFU, Ms Southee and Mrs Looney, and are really looking forward to a fun day of rippa!
- Year 5 and 6 Rippa Rugby Tournament - now Monday 21st June
- NZEI Paid Union Meeting-Wednesday 23rd June (Early finish,1pm)
- Board of Trustees Meeting -Thursday 24th June at 6.00pm
- Home & School Meeting - Wednesday 30th June at 2.00pm
- Mobile Library Bus - Thursday 1st July
- H&S QUIZ NIGHT - Friday 2nd July
- 3 Way Conferences-Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th July
- Bought Lunches - Friday 9th July
- End of Term 2 - Friday 9th July
Updating Contact Details
Please keep the 'schoolapp' absences tab for absences only, not for any queries you may have as this is read only - we cannot reply via this method
Head Lice - Hair Management
11am -11.20am Morning tea interval
1.00pm - 1.40pm Lunch break
3.00pm End of Day