Newsletter Week 8 Term 2

West Park School 25th June 2021

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana, Greetings Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers,


The weather has certainly taken a turn for the worst over the past couple of weeks with several cold and wet days. We ask that you please make sure that your child/ren are coming to school suitably dressed as there is nothing worse than trying to learn when you are cold and wet.


MODERN COLLABORATIVE TEACHING SPACES

The modern collaborative teaching and learning spaces that we have established in several of our year 1 to 6 classrooms have required teachers to implement their programmes through a variety of co-teaching strategies. One of these strategies is ‘Targeted Teaching’

· Targeted Teaching: This is what you will recognise from a traditional classroom. Needs based targeted teaching and learning (usually in reading, writing and mathematics). Children are organised into groups and move to teachers for needs based instruction. When not with teachers, children are involved in meaningful learning activities (not likely to be ‘worksheets’) that reinforce the most recent lesson. Group sizes will vary depending on need. A display will indicate what each group is doing and when. Independent learning activities will be organised in advance. There may be a learning assistant roving to support independent learning.

The difference between this in a traditional and collaborative teaching environment is the flexibility of groupings and the ability to utilise teacher strengths in various learning areas.


HELPING OUR KIDS WITH WRITING

To support the great work staff and students do in writing, it would be great if you could encourage your child/ren to write for a few minutes each day, and more so over the coming holidays. It is important to acknowledge that children become better readers by writing, and better writers by reading! Some simple writing activities that could be done at home during the holidays include:

· Lists: Families make these all the time: shopping lists, to-do lists, invitation lists, holiday packing lists. Encourage your children to make lists of their own. Ideas: birthdays of family

· Notes: Encourage your children to jot notes to family members and capture special moments in writing. Ideas: saying goodbye to grandparents after a summer vacation, the taste of a chocolate chip ice cream, a booster message for a sibling facing a challenge, a love note to a parent, a thank you note.


· Journals and diaries: In the process of writing, journal writers often come to deeper understanding of their lives. The journal becomes a precious keepsake as the journal writer continues through life. Make a diary or journal an annual essential of Christmas giving.


· Dialogue journals: These are a written conversation between a parent and child, usually in a notebook passed back and forth at different times of day. This is a way for a parent to develop a deeper relationship with a child – questions, answers, encouragements, apologies, and words of affection can be written that might never be spoken.


· Letters and e-mails: Letters can help children stay in touch with distant family members. All children love getting a letter or e-mail back. Getting into the habit of letter-writing can become a lifetime pleasure.


· Birthday and special-event books: Provide blank books for family members and guests at birthday parties and special events so they can write personal notes and wishes. These become treasured archives of people and occasions.


· Parodies: Make it a family thing to write spoofs of songs, poems and advertisements to mark special occasions or achievements.


Home-based writing should be enjoyable, real and frequent.

· Make the writing an authentic part of everyday life.


Avoid making it overly instructional. Give a quick response to requests for help rather than subjecting children to a lengthy ordeal of explanations or looking up words or information. This can be done later so the flow of writing is not interrupted.


· Don’t be overly concerned with grammar and spelling. Pointing out children’s shortcomings will discourage them from writing. Keep a dictionary close to hand and let your children see you using it to check a word in your own writing. Your attitude to spelling and grammar will naturally influence theirs without your having to make correctness a bugbear that takes away the pleasure from their writing.


· Always have writing materials available – pens, pencils, coloured markers, paper and staplers. Visit stationery shops to find attractive paper clips, stickers, notebooks and blank cards. The family writing kit should include envelopes, postage stamps and scissors. When shopping with your children, look out for items to add to the collection.

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What's been happening at West Park lately?

Future Bee Keepers?

Humza, Yalisha, James, and Sebastian got the opportunity to head to Newlands intermediate last week to check out their beehive setup. Throughout the visit, they participated in cool jobs like scraping the wax off the frame to get the honey. Perhaps we have some future beekeepers at West Park School.

Environmental Club

Now winter is here, if you have ANY plants that you no longer want in your garden, big or small, please let me know. you can bring them into the office or room 4. The enviro team are planting our mudding places in the school grounds to look after the soil and make the school more visually appealing. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Melanie Goonan. melanieg@westpark.school.nz

Kapa Haka Update

We are in the beginning stages of setting up a Kapa Haka performance group for this year with the hope of this group continuing on into the following years as well. With this in mind, we have decided to not enter the Kapa Haka Festival this year but instead aspire to attend with our group next year.

Student Council - SPCA Fundraiser

The Student Council has organized a 'Bring a Soft Toy' to school with a gold coin donation. This will happen on the 2nd of July. More information to follow next week.

Matariki Evening

Family and whanau are invited to come to school for a dinner picnic and Matariki Activities on Wednesday the 7th of July from 6pm - 7:30pm. More details to follow next week.

Morning Coffee Catch Up

Morning Coffee Catch up, Tuesday the 29th of June in the Staff Room. This is your chance to pop in for a coffee and ask questions or share your thoughts with a Board of Trustees member. There will also be members of the leadership team. This will be from 8:45 to 9:30 we hope to see you there.

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers who will be able to help put reading books away each week. This task takes about 30 minutes each week and can be completed any time of day between 8am - 3:30pm on Thursdays and/or Fridays. If you are available to help, please fill in your availability by filling in this form: https://forms.gle/KZTiXfMFqn8xrqj39

Welcome to West Park

A warm welcome to the following students who have come to West Park in the past few weeks:

Road Patrol

Just a friendly reminder to all whanau, please make sure you are crossing the road at the patrol crossings. This models safe crossing choices for all our children and also ensures our patrollers, who work incredibly hard, are not caught off guard with people crossing intermittently or suddenly. Please also make sure you are not stopping or parking on any yellow lines near the school entrance or the surrounding roads. This is to ensure everyone’s safety, particularly at busy traffic times.


Also, a friendly reminder that any grass verge near the roundabout is not to be parked on. This is for your safety and more importantly the safety of our tamakriki.

Home and School Commitee

The disco was a huge hit and a great success! Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and baking to help make it a great night, our tamariki had such a fantastic time and we couldn't have done it without your support. The $1300 raised is going to go towards building the seating area in the library.


We look forward to planning some more community events in the future, thanks again everyone!

Pedal Ready Scooter Sessions

Pedal ready is going to be running Scooter skills sessions with our students


Monday 28 June - Rm 8

Tuesday 29 June - Rm 11

Upcoming Events

  • Kahikatea Yr 5-6 ASB Sports Centre - Monday 28 June 9.20am - 2.40pm
  • Year 1 and 2 Parent Reading Workshop - 1st of July 9:30am-10:30am or 6:30-7:30pm email annas@westpark.school.nz for more information
  • Last day of Term 2 - 9th July
  • Term 3 Start Date - 26th July
  • Life Ed Visit - 6th August to the 20th of August

WPS BOARD APPROVED 2022 SCHOOL TERM DATES

The following are the Board approved 2022 term dates which will have us align with the 2022 Raroa Intermediate term dates:

· Term 1 Thursday 3 Feb – Thursday 14 April

· Term 2 Mon 2 May – Fri 8 July

· Term 3 Mon 25 July – Fri 30 Sept

· Term 4 Mon 17 Oct – Fri 16 Dec

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Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Drama Classes. For over 40 years!

Our international curriculum will help explore performance skills and creativity, overcome shyness, develop positive self-esteem, grow imagination, make new friends and have lots of fun. Fun after-school classes for 5 – 17-year-olds held in Khandallah, Tawa, Whitby, Lower Hutt. To enroll or for more information please phone 0800 161 131 or visit www.helenogradynz.co.nz.

Community Notices

PRIDE LANDS FUN HOLIDAY ADVENTURES

WINTER HOLIDAYS AT SOUTH WELLINGTON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (BERHAMPORE) AND OTARI SCHOOL (WILTON)

12th – 23rd JULY 2021 from 7.00am-6pm daily. Interactive Activities and NO TV or Video Games, Kai Cubs Cooking, Keep Fit Karapu Fitness, and Life Skills Programme creating healthy Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Teas. One-on-one care and shuttle services available. Daily $81.04/cub per session or $137.77 for two siblings per session; Weekly: $324.16 per cub/week or $551.07 for two siblings/week . MSD Approved & WINZ subsidies are available for eligible families.

Please contact us: 0800 PRIDE 4 U Or Register online: www.PRIDELANDS.co.nz or Visit our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/PrideLandsChildcare



Experience what life is like at Whitby Collegiate at Experience Day where your child will spend a day in class with our friendly staff & students.

Dates: Friday 25 June or Friday 2 July

Time: 8:45am - 3:15pm

If you're interested in your child attending on either of the available dates, please register on our website here or give us a call on 04 234 1070.

If you would like to tour our school, please register your interest here or telephone the above number. We’d be delighted to show you our school and tell you more in person.

2022 Scholarships are available. To find out more, please visit our website here.

Experience what life is like at Whitby Collegiate at Experience Day where your child will spend a day in class with our friendly staff & students.  Dates: Friday 25 June or Friday 2 July Time: 8:45am - 3:15pm If you're interested in your child attending on either of the available dates, please register on our website here or give us a call on 04 234 1070. If you would like to tour our school, please register your interest here or telephone the above number. We’d be delighted to show you our school and tell you more in person.  2022 Scholarships are available. To find out more, please visit our website here.
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Wellington North Badminton Centre

Once again Tawa Tennis, Tawa Squash, and Wellington North Badminton are running the Racketlon holiday programme these school holidays.

Players rotate around each sport spending 1.5 hours at each club. Qualified coaches will take each session.

Please note holiday programme is for age 6 years and older.

Monday 19 July, Wednesday 21 July, Friday 23 July, 9am - 3pm

Cost per day: $50 or sign up for three days $135

Registrations: https://forms.gle/QZco4DvLc1TthNj37

For more information contact Babette at babette@wnba.org.nz or call 2324774

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