School Newsletter- 26 November
Endeavour School - November the 26th, 2021
A Message From Mr Mangan
Kia ora koutou Parents and Whānau,
Thank you for your understanding at drop off and pick up time. Your ongoing cooperation has made it easy for students to get in and out of school safely. Visiting classrooms during the last couple of weeks has been encouraging, especially to see how quickly our students have adapted back to school life. We often underestimate how resilient our students are.
You will be pleased to know that both the Ministry of Health and Education continue to update us on clear guidelines as we start to open up the alert levels within the community. If you are still anxious about your children attending school in alert level 2, keeping the staff and students safe is paramount.
With us now in the second half of term four, under normal circumstances we would be preparing for many of the end of year events. Unfortunately having to follow Health and Education Ministry guidelines we can not host events as they were in the past. I realise this is disappointing for many of you, especially for those families that have a child in Year 6.
We are exploring ways of still holding some events in a modified form. It may mean that parent numbers will be limited and events held outdoors. The Year 6 Dinner and the end of year Prize Giving are two events we are in the process of exploring organisation models for that can meet the Health and Education guidelines. Please understand though, if we are able to go ahead with these events they will be different from what has happened in the past.
One of the first events that is taking place is a Pōwhiri for the new Principal, Geoff Booth. This is going to be in a shortened and modified form with only the official parties able to be on site.
Earlier this year a teacher only day was planned for Friday the 3rd of December. This will no longer be happening and it will be a normal school day.
Reporting to Parents
With learning being disrupted in the 3rd and 4th term this year, expected learning progress for students has been impacted on. Fortunately due to our ongoing reporting against our learning progressions in the core areas teachers are able to make overall teacher judgements on where students are currently placed going forward.
Start of Year 2022
Next year school will start for students on Tuesday the 8th of February.
If you have child/ren currently in Years 1-5 and they will not be returning to Endeavour School next year could you please inform the office so they are not included in next year's class organisation.
Purchase Your Childs 2022 Stationery Today!
As you will not yet know which Learning Community your child will be a part of in 2022, we have taken the stress out of stationery shopping and made it possible for you to simply click and pay for an Endeavour School Stationery Pack now, while we do the work for you later! We will sort each stationery order out, appropriate for your child's 2022 Learning Community, making sure your child/ren have what they need to start in Term 1!
A Reminder That Sun Hats Are Compulsory in Term 4 and Term 1
Purchase your Endeavour School hat today!
Summer is fast approaching and hats are a compulsory in Term 4 and Term 1
Please check and make sure you have one, and if not, please order a new one through the online school shop here
Salvation Army Annual Christmas Appeal - How To Make Your Donation
Unfortunately due to Covid this year we will not be able to support the Salvation Army in our usual, special Endeavour way. However, The Salvation Army is collecting donations to go towards gift vouchers that they can distribute to those families who are in need instead!
We would like to encourage our community to contribute to this appeal and donate what they can by using the internet banking option available:
The Salvation Army
Reference: 'Christmas Donation'
Thank you for your support!
What's Been Happening?
Congratulations to Olivia and Rory Atkinson!
They are all doing really well, and Olivia hopes to bring Beau in for a visit before the end of term.
Deputy Principal Appointment
It is with great pleasure that I would like to announce that Kylee Edwards, our current Associate Principal of Learning in the Hangawera Team has been appointed to the permanent Deputy Principal position at Endeavour School, starting Term 1 2022.
Kylee has been a key member of our team, having joined Endeavour School in 2015. Her strong understanding of what we do here at Endeavour and the relationships she has built with our amazing team, learners and community will be a great support to Geoff Booth (our new Principal), and I look forward to working with them next year.
Kylee has worked and led many projects across our school, and has acted in the Deputy Principal role twice, so has a good understanding of what the position requires.
It is fantastic that we continue to build on our kaupapa of learning without limits and developing our own people into leadership positions within education.
Please join me in congratulating Kylee on this appointment. I know both Geoff and Kylee are keen to meet as many members of our community as soon as they can once Covid restrictions allow.
Board of Trustees Chairperson
This Term in the Hangawera Team
This term in the Hangawera Team everyone is excited to be back at school after lockdown. We have started our learning with a focus on summer, learning how to be sun-smart to protect ourselves and each other in this beautiful, warm weather. We have some lovely wall displays to share with you to celebrate some of our learning!
Some of us have designed our own summer clothing using collage, pastels or our own choice of colouring materials. You will see togs, jandals and sun-hats, along with some other things we love about summer. Even some awesome acrostic poems too with great description!
In our learning communities, we have also explored the story, ‘Maui and the Sun’ and then designed our own sun using lots of beautiful colours, incorporating koru and patterns we noticed in the story.
We are very proud of our ice cream truck made collaboratively in LC4! We learnt about fractions and shared our knowledge of these by displaying a fraction of our choice on an ice cream or ice block. Some of us chose quarters, others thirds and halves, and some people even used eighths and tenths.
Thanks for seeing some of the cool things we have been doing in LC3 and LC4! We are all so proud of our learning and want to teach you how to be sun smart and safe this summer too!