Week 5 Term 4 Panui
Wednesday - 8th November 2023
Location: 214-216 Weld Street, Witherlea, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand
Phone: 64 (03) 578 5568
Bank Account Details: 12-3167-0133327-00
Kia ora te whanau,
I have just spent the last hour reading some highly persuasive letters from our Year 5 boys writing group who have been working secretly together to develop their writing skills. These letters informed me of their progress to date and put forth a persuasive request to reward their efforts. The examples quoted below showcase the use of strongly stated facts and opinions, empathy, emotive language, hyperbole and rhetorical questions which all serve as persuasive techniques.
“Kids will have so much fun and everyone will love you for it!” Jonathan
“Since you're the best Principal, and your work is so hard, we want to invite you to do something fun for a change” Henry
“Our writing has got so much faster and neater and I think we deserve a reward after all this hard work, don’t you?” Angus
“I have noticed my writing improving everyday, where I can get my ideas on paper faster.” Hamish
“Mrs Muir thinks I have got so much better at my writing, she said I was spectacular!” Benson
“As the most kind Principal in the world, I’m sure you will love to let us have a reward to celebrate all the hard work we have been doing.” Kaiden
“We have been hard working and deserve a holiday…I am not asking for a week's holiday, just a teeny tiny day out. Students will go home with smiles on their faces!” Cairo
A huge congratulations to our “Witherlea Golden Girls” Jump Jam team who placed first in the South Island competition last weekend. Thank you to Dan Stephens and Hayley Christie for the hours of work that went into coaching the team and to Rochelle WiRepa for the amazing work on costumes.
Today we had our Years 5-6 children offsite at Brayshaw Park with the Clued Up Kids Programme. Clued Up Kids is a multi-agency programme teaching primary school-aged children confidence and life skills to help them stay safe in a range of real-life scenarios. The hands-on activities included a ‘shaky house’ for practising what to do in an earthquake, a smoky fire simulation teaching children how to react during a house fire, as well as demonstrations on water safety, interacting with dogs, road safety, quad bikes, truck and cycle safety, and first aid.
Coming up next week we have a parent information workshop on literacy teaching. Teachers will provide an overview of how early literacy is taught at Witherlea and provide some guidance on how you can support this at home. The session is targeting parents with children in the Ferns Area (Y1-2) and will be held in the staffroom between 8.30-9.30am on Wednesday.
Recently we have received two staff resignations from Phil Funnell and Phoebe Quirk. Phil has made the decision to return to the UK next year and Phoebe to spend time with her growing family. Both Phil and Phoebe have made a significant contribution to Witherlea and we wish them well going forward. Kelsie Brown has had a year's leave approved for an adventure abroad which will be exciting! We recently advertised four full time positions for 2024 and are thrilled to announce that Hayley Christie, Rachel Earle, Mel Beattie and Holly Siemonek have accepted these. We are currently in the process of recruitment for a Deputy Principal and will announce the outcome in due course.
It was great to see support for our first whanau hui today to start a conversation around our aspirations for students who identify as Māori. It is encouraging to see our 55 students who identify as Māori currently achieving as well, and in some cases better, than Non Māori students in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. We looked at a guiding document developed by the eight iwi of the top of the south titled Nga Kawatau and had some great feedback to guide our work going forward. We look forward to building on this conversation through regular hui moving forward.
The remaining five and a half weeks of term are looking really busy. Please be kind to yourselves and engage with school events as you are able, we really appreciate what you do to support your child's learning and our broader operations.
Ngā mihi nui,
Welcome to Witherlea School
We wish to welcome these new students and their families and whānau to our school and community;
Rhian C, William C, Emma M
Welcome to School Certificates are given out at our assembly on a Monday morning at 9am.
Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts
Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts
Congratulations to these students who have displayed one or all of our school behaviour expectations and are a model to others;
Henry T - being the epitome of a Witherlea Kind, Safe and Fair student. You are a role model to others and we simply love having you in Room 3!
Ari H - being an amazing classmate and standing up for your friends when you know something isn't right! You are honest, empathetic and show the Witherlea School values in everything that you do!
Ava B - always showing compassion and a growing resilience in your learning. You try your best at everything and are a kind friend in our class. Ma te mahi ka ora, from hard work comes success!
Lilian A - Lili lives our school motto in the classroom, playground and when no one is watching. She is positive to her own and others learning, shows empathy to others and encourages her peers in a supportive way. Lili ensures others feel safe in their learning and to have a go.Tino Pai Rawa Lili we are lucky to have you in Room 8!
Harry D - Learning from mistakes and guiding your positive traits more consistently. Mahi tika ana - great work!
Gwen K - the way you live and breathe our school motto. You are always kind to those around you, you make others feel safe to have a go and you are consistently fair. Keep it up superstar!
Keira-Leigh W - for the kindness and consideration you always show others. You are generous with your time for others and go above and beyond to support everyone.
Kaiden U - You have such an amazingly kind and friendly manner with everyone in our class Kaiden and I just LOVE the way you always make everyone feel included and valued.
Cienna E - Showing kindness and fair play when out in the playground during Athletics. Your kindness and caring nature make our school a better place. Well done Cienna, keep it up.
The awards are for recognition in displaying and modelling our school motto and values; Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair.
Teacher Only Day - Monday 13th of November
Rugby World Cup Celebrations
Well done to our students who represented Witherlea school at the Marlborough Primary Schools Tennis Tournament. Alex W-S took out first place in the boys category and Felix got 4th. Amy W-S got first place in the girls category and Joy got 2nd. A fantastic result, well done to all of you
Thank you to everyone who wore their gumboots and donated to the I am hope foundation. We raised nearly $470!!
Witherlea School Book Fair
Witherlea School Book Fair is being held in the School Hall on Monday 20 November until Friday 24 November from 8.30am-9.30am and 2.30pm-3.30pm. Milo night is on Wednesday 22 November 6-7pm. We would love you to come along and support our school, some great ideas available to purchase for Christmas.
Friends of Witherlea
Empower Kids Charity Dinner
School Start First Impressions Marlborough is a local charity that works to provide new entrant students in Marlborough with all the supplies they need for their schooling career, along with providing everything they need to celebrate their fifth birthdays without placing undue financial strain on their whānau. This reduces the impact and stigma of childhood poverty in our local community, meaning all students in Marlborough can begin their schooling career happy and confident.
FREE classes for Witherlea School Students
Monday 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Witherlea School Hall
Contact Instructor Aaron Falvey 027 380 5814 or contact us through our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/witherleatkd