Panui 30 November 2022

Term 4, Week 7


Kia ora koutou,

This will be our last newsletter for the school year, so I would like to take this time to farewell those students and their whānau that will be leaving us to further their education. I hope that your stay at our kura has been an enjoyable one, and know that the tamariki will all strive to do their best wherever their chosen path leads them. I always love to hear about former pupils’ successes, so please don’t hesitate to contact the kura to let us know of any achievements your child may receive as their schooling continues.

We also farewell two of our staff members. Whaea Luxmi has been teaching in Matai 3 this year, and I would like to wish her the best as she moves on. Also leaving us is Whaea Faith in the office as she relocates to America. Over her five years here, she has been an invaluable member of the office who has brought her own vibe which will be sorely missed.

We can finally enjoy our end of year ‘Presentation Assemblies’ with some sense of normalcy and invite our whānau to come and join the celebrations. Both our assemblies are set for Friday, 9th December with our Tuakana/Waenga (Kauri 1 and 2, and Kahikatea 1 and 2) assembly happening at 9.30am and our Teina (Matai block and Kauri 3) assembly happening at 11.30am, we would love to have you join us if you can. Reports will also be sent home with students on this day, so please check their bags for these. This year the reports include the teaching space your child will be in for 2023.

A big congratulations to all those students who took part in the Quest show run by Matua Matt. Every student that participated can be proud of their efforts, and those that made the final can hold their heads high and know that any one of them could have won on the night. I was so impressed with the wide range of talents on display from our tamariki, and hope that they continue to nurture their abilities. It was great to see those who weren't successful in the heats showed great resilience and mana to work backstage in the show.

The last week of school (week of 12-16 December) will see our classes take part in end of year trips, and I remind students that while they are getting tired, they should still be modeling the EKE Values in whatever they do, this includes displaying them when representing the kura on their end of year trip wherever that may be.

The last day for the year is Friday, 16th December with the school finishing at 1.00pm. There will be no school lunches this day, and I ask that you ensure students are picked up promptly at 1.00pm. The new school year starts on Wednesday, 1st February 2023, and I wisht that you will all have a safe and relaxing holiday break.

Ngā mihi and Miri Kirihimete

Whaea Chris

Board of Trustees

Our term dates for the 2023 school year have now been confirmed. The school office will be opened at the end of January for in-zone enrolments and uniform sales. These dates will be confirmed shortly. keep an eye out on Facebook and the School Ap for these.

2023 School Year

Term 1: Wednesday, 1 February to Thursday, 6 April

Term 2: Wednesday, 26 April to Friday, 30 June

Term 3: Monday, 17 July to Friday, 22 September

Term 4: Monday, 9 October to Monday, 18 December

Dates to Remember

Friday, 2 December - Matai Block Around the World Celebration - 11.30 to 12.30 in the hall.

Friday, 9 December - Teina/Waenga End of Year Presentation Assembly, School Reports sent home.

Monday, 12 December - Auraki Teina trip to Hamilton Zoo (Matai classes)

Tuesday, 13 December - Kahikatea hubs trip to Ngaruawahia Youth Camp

Wednesday, 14 December - Rumaki Classes trip to Hamilton Zoo

Thursday, 15 December - Kauri 1 End of Year Pool Party

Friday, 16 December - Last day of 2022 School Year, 1.00pm finish

School News

School Uniform and Stationery Sales

Today (November 30th) is the last day for all uniform and stationery sales for the year to allow for a stock take to be done. The Uniform shop will be open before school resumes for 2023. Dates will be confirmed via Facebook, Seesaw and the School Ap over the Christmas Break. Stationery will NOT be available at this time, and lists will be sent home with students in the first week back at kura.

Student Illness

We have had an increase in the number of students that have been testing positive for Covid in the past week or two. Please, if your child is unwell, do not send them to school no matter what event is happening on the particular day, and test them if they are showing any symptoms of Covid.

Student Drop off and Pick Up Times Reminder

Just a reminder that students should not be arriving at school until 8.20am at the earliest for entry into classrooms from 8.30am. There is no supervision available before 8.20am as staff are busy preparing their day. We do have a YMCA Out of School Care Programme running on site at a cost if students must be dropped off before this time. If a student does arrive before 8.20am, they are to wait at the top of the front steps and not move around the school.

At the end of the school day, students should have left the school grounds or been picked up by 3.00pm as supervision is not available after this time. Once again, the YMCA Out of School Care Programme is available for those that cannot pick their child/ren up before this time. To find out costs for this programme, contact the Hamilton YMCA branch, or jump on the the Forest Lake School website and click the 'Out of School Care' link.

School Library Books

If your child has any books that belong to the school library, can you please send these back to school by the end of this week as we are needing to get our stock take underway.

Athletics Day

It was fantastic to see so many of our whānau at the Athletics Day supporting the tamariki recently. Due to poor weather and Covid, it is the first time for awhile we were able to hold an event such as this.

Unfortunately, the weather was not so kind last week as our Teina students could not take part in their day. This has been rescheduled for the 13h of December.

Auraki Teina (Matai Classes)

Namaste, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Talofa, Anyoung, Fakalofa lahi atu, Bore da

Matai 1 & 2

In Matai 1 & 2 we welcome a number of new students to our Forest Lake School Whānau and look forward to getting to know you all better! As always Term 4 is busy with all sorts of events. Unfortunately for us we have had some very wet weather which has meant we had to cancel our Kura Teina Athletics Fun Day. We now have a postponement date of the 13th of December from 9.30am so fingers crossed for fine weather and a fun day!

In our classes we have been busy learning about letters and the sounds they make. We have practiced our letter formation in different ways including with chalk, water on black boards and creating letter craft. All these activities have been improving our fine motor skills and scissor skills.
With Christmas fast approaching there has been lots of discussion about Christmas and the different ways we celebrate it so the students have loved making some very cute Elf door hangers.

We are looking forward to our Around the World Performance on the 2nd of December from 11.30am in the school hall, the End of Year Assembly on the 9th of December from 11.30am and our Zoo trip on the 12th of December. So many exciting things to look forward to!

Matai 3 - Wow! What an amazing year we had in Matai 3 and we are just heading towards the last few weeks of the year. Matai 3 has been engaged in swimsafe this term, where students learnt various safety skills and some methods of swimming. Thanks to the parents who volunteered to help. We have been preparing a Bollywood dance for around the world performance and enjoying it a lot. AJ and Tanaka won awards for their best designs for the new upcoming playground in the school. We made elfs as Christmas is approaching soon. We also wrote some letters to Santa telling about our wishes for Christmas. Matai 3 is all excited to go for their end of the year trip to Hamilton Zoo. We also celebrated Halloween by making paper pumpkins and it was so awesome to see all the kids in their costumes.

Matai 4

Matai 4 had a very busy and exciting start to Term 4! We participated in Swimsafe lessons in Week 4. It was so much fun to go into the big pool and try out the life jackets during swimsafe. Matai 4 was very brave!

We have also been expanding our Literacy skills with the help of different story books. In Week 6 Matai 4 read the Gingerbread Man. We had a chance to think deeper about the characters of the book and even had a go at drawing our own illustrations of the Gingerbread Man.

Matai 5

Wow time is flying we only have three weeks of school left. Matai Five have been busy discussing our end of year school trip to the Hamilton Zoo. We created these tall Giraffes as we are excited to see them walking around and love that they always stand tall and proud.

We also had the opportunity to participate in swimsafe this term and practiced many swimsafe skills to ensure we are swim smart for summer. This included floating, kicking, how to wear a life jacket correctly and hold our hand in the air when we are in trouble. This helped many of our students gain confidence. Big thank you to all our parent helpers and walkers.

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Rumaki Teina

Mauri ora e te whānau

He maha ngā mahi kua pahure ki roto i Kauri 3 i tēnei wahanga, te mea tuatahi, i tīmata tētahi kaiako hōu kei waenganui i a mātou, nā reira nau mai haere mai kei waenganui i a tātou Whaea Miriama, ko te tūmanako e pai ana tō huarahi kei Kauri 3.

Kei te whakaako a Whaea Adrianne he pukenga nui mō a mātou tamariki, me pēwhea te whakawhiti tika i ngā huarahi, anei ngā akoranga o Whaea Hana rāua ko Whaea Te Aroha. Ki tō mātou whakaaro, he mea nui tēnei mō ngā tāngata katoa, ahakoa he tamaiti, he pakeke rānei.

Mō te whakataetae ā kura, i wini mātou te whānau o Kauri 3 te whakataetae Reheko! Mō ngā tamariki e kaha kohikohi putea ana, i whakanui mātou mā te kai kanga pahū, kai aihikirimi me te mātakitaki ngā kiriata. E hīkaka ana ngā ngakau o ngā tamariki kia taea e rātou te mātakitaki ngā kiriata Māori kei runga i a Disney +, pērā ki a Kīngi Raiona me te kiriata reo Māori mō Frozen.

Auraki Kahikatea (kahikatea 1 and 2)

As this is our last school newsletter for the 2022 school year, the Kahikatea Kaiako (Teachers) would like to take this time to wish you all a safe and happy holiday. For those students that are moving out of the Kahikatea hubs and onto the Tuakana (senior) level, we wish you well as you move forward in your learning journey. For those coming to us in 2023 from the Teina (Junior) school, we look forward to having you as part of the team and a fantastic 2023 school year.

Merry Christmas to all!!

Writing- Super sentences

Kahikatea Rua have been working on their writing by creating super sentences. They are learning to use language features in their stories by using adverbs and adjectives to make their writing interesting. Check out the amazing authors below.

Kahikatea Tahi have been learning to use personification in their writing. This is where you give a human trait to something non-human. Below are some examples of personifying winter.

Rumaki Tuakana

Tēna tātou e te whānau whānui o Rumaki. I tēnei wāhanga kua whai wā ngā tauira o Rumaki ki te tito waiata kirihimete ā kahui nei. Tuatahi i āta wetewete ia kahui i ngā momo kitenga i te wā kirihimete. Tuarua te whakaraupapa i ngā kupu kua tuhia. Tuatoru whakarite i tētahi rangi. I roto i tēnei mahi i kite i te tuakana teina, te maia me te ngākaunui o ngā tauira ki ēnei mahi. Hei te wiki heke mai e tū ana ngā kahui ki te whakangahau ki te katoa.

Karawhiua e tae mā

Auraki Kauri (Kauri 1)

Welcome to Auraki Kauri,

We had our final Toitoi reading session with the PwC Coaches. We are very fortunate to have their support and willingness to take time out of their busy schedules to read with us.

Our Auraki Kauri students had a fantastic time participating in the Tuakana School Athletics and the weather was kind to us.

Road Traffic Patrol enjoyed their pool Funday as a reward for their work this year.

This week in KiwiCan we are learning to show resilience by coping with challenges and bouncing back through various skipping, hula hoop, and running challenges.

The Rauhī Project

2022 has been a challenging year trying to reopen the doors to the programme. However, the good news is that they are reopening the After School Programme in Term 4 for Junior and Senior Choir. The scholarship stream will continue for the rest of the year. Further information and enrolments forms are held at the Forest Lake School office.
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