Newsletter Week 6 Term 2
West Park School 10th June 2021
Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana,
Greetings Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers,
What a wonderful week was had by all, during last week’s book week activities. There was something for everyone, story-telling, dress-ups, an escape room, book reviews, books alive, a cheeky bear that seemed to appear in the strangest places and much more. A huge thanks from all staff and students goes out to Fiona Dowman and Jasmaine Martin as the driving forces behind the wonderful range of experiences that our kids enjoyed. The amount of thought, time and effort that Fiona and Jasmaine put into the week was phenomenal.
Teachers will later this term be attending entitled union meetings during school time. To minimize any disruptions staff will be attending the meetings over two afternoons, allowing half of our staff to attend one day, and the other half on the second day. This structure will allow the school to stay open, and not require parents and caregivers to pick up their children any earlier than would usually be the case. The two afternoons and rooms affected are as follows:
· Tuesday, 22 June - 50% staff out at entitled NZEI Union meeting 1.30-3.00
(Rooms 8, 12, 18, 5, 14, 11, 16 and 4) – The school will
continue to be open for instruction
· Tuesday, 6 July - 50% staff out at entitled NZEI Union meeting 1.30-3.00
(Rooms 3, 6, 9, 10, 4, 13, 15, and 17) – The school will
continue to be open for instruction
MODERN COLLABORATIVE TEACHING SPACES
The modern collaborative teaching and learning spaces that we have established in several of our year 4 to 6 classrooms provide teachers with the opportunity to implement their programmes through a variety of co-teaching strategies. Through the rest of our term 2 newsletters I will expand on the range of strategies being used. They include:
· One Teach, One Assist
· Parallel Teaching
· Team Teaching
· Alternative Teaching
· One Teach, One Observe
· Targeted Teaching
· Station Teaching, and
· One Teach, One Assist: One teacher has responsibility for teaching while the other teacher circulates through the room providing unobtrusive assistance to students as needed.
This allows a co-teacher to reinforce the instruction or lesson content, support children who may be struggling, and re direct those who are not on task. The co-teacher teaching is likely to be the teacher with the strength or expertise in this area. (Please be clear this is not ‘assist’ by doing resources, tidying the room, catching up on emails etc.) Teachers may pre determine who they will assist or it could be a responsive action. Feedback to the ‘teaching’ teacher afterward has the potential to improve the quality of teaching.
This has the potential to provide ‘just in time teaching’ to support various learning needs as well as allowing the ‘teaching teacher’ to continue with the lesson at a pace that might otherwise leave some children behind.
· Parallel Teaching. On occasion, student learning would be greatly facilitated if they just had teacher time or more opportunity to respond. In parallel teaching, the teachers are either covering the same or similar information, but they divide the class into two groups and teach simultaneously. This might include being in separate groups to start the day, or to reduce the numbers of children in an activity. Children can be empowered and given agency in this situation to ‘book into’ their learning session perhaps with a teacher whom they feel they relate to and learn best from.
The 2022 donation being requested is as follows.
One child: $220 Two children: $440 Three children: $660
Enjoy your upcoming weekend.
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Check out all the fun that was had last week for WPS Book Week
Harry Potter Themed Escape Room
The atmosphere was electric as WPS had their first book swap event. Lots of books were swapped for new adventures and pre-loved stories.
Teachers have fun too!
Check out some of the teacher's incredible costumes from Friday!
Just one of the incredible tasks created by our Librarian Fiona in the Harry Potter Escape Room. There are over 50 flying keys here but only 3 locks to open. Ask your child how they figured it out.
We're Going On A Bear Hunt
Check out some of the finalist for best costumes for Dress Up Day!
Scholastic Book Fair
Last week a very successful Scholastic Book Fair was run as part of the school-wide book week. It was well attended by many students and their family members. Hearing the buzz of excitement as the children made wish lists of their favourite books and purchased their items was fantastic.
A huge thanks to the enthusiastic group of mums who gave up their time to set up the fair, run the sales and maintain Room 1 to look great throughout the fair as well as the group who packed up the unsold books at the end of the week. Special thanks also go to our amazing Year 6 students who had the rather hard job of getting all the boxes of books and display cabinets down to Room 1 two weeks ago then back up to the hall yesterday.
To all these groups of people, you have helped to contribute an outstanding fundraising effort for books for our new library and classroom resources. Our school will receive $1526 in Scholastic Rewards for the sales. An awesome amount!
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!
- Rimu Yr 3-4 ASB Sports Centre - Monday 14 June 9.20am - 2.40pm
- Interzone Cross Country - Tuesday 15 June 8am
- Totara & Miro Yr 1-2 ASB Sports Centre - Monday 21 June 9.20am - 2.40pm
- School Photos Day 1 - Wednesday 23 June
- School Photos Day 2 - Thursday 24 June
- 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 email@example.com for more information
- New Parents Morning Tea - 1st July at 10am
- 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
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.
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.