Newsletter No. 1, 3 February 2023
Tēnā koutou katoa. Tēnei te mihi atu ki a koutou.
Welcome back to 2023. I hope that you all had a wonderful break and are feeling rested and ready for an exciting year at Sumner School.
It has been wonderful to see the students returning to school for the start of the school year. The last few days have been a great opportunity to re-connect and hear about the adventures that have taken place over the summer… and to see how much they have grown!
An extra special Haere Mai to Lorna & Aidan L, Brodie T, Dylan P, Emma & Tobias V, Isla B, Jesse J, Logan H, Marcel M, Molly M, Olive B, Olivia E, Poppy H, Samuel D, Sylvia K and Xanthe H.
We are also welcoming back Pip Andrews to our Te Onepoto Teaching Team after a year away on Maternity Leave.
Our focus for the beginning of the year is our School Value of Whanaungatanga. The Māori value of Whanaungatanga is all about developing and maintaining respectful connections and networks with people. This value has whānau (family) at its centre. At Sumner School we understand this as developing a school whānau that actively works to develop and foster respectful relationships. Our Hauora Hui Learning Conferences and Kai me Kōrero evening have given our teaching teams a fantastic starting point in getting to know the children in their spaces as unique individuals and also as learners. Thank you all for your participation in these.
I know that teaching teams are already busily underway planning exciting events for our children.
Term 1 is looking like a busy one and our Events Calendar is pretty full already. Please make sure that you keep a regular eye on this to ensure you don’t miss anything!
Spotlight on uniform reminders and sun safety… Christchurch is continuing to provide us with a beautiful summer and it is wonderful to see the children out enjoying the sunshine and being sun smart. Almost all of our children have returned to school armed with a sun hat and sunscreen. Please remember that (navy bucket or wide brimmed) hats and rash tops for swimming are compulsory in Terms One and Four. Based on the already overflowing nature of our Lost Property bin located in the School Office, I would highly recommend naming these, alongside all other school uniform items! Please also remember to pop sunscreen in your children’s bags as our teachers make sure that there is time in the day to reapply sunscreen after swimming and before break times.
A reminder also that our uniform information is located within our A-Z page on our school website. We really appreciate your support in ensuring that long hair is tied back and that children are wearing the correct uniform (including black, blue and white socks) and sensible footwear.
Spotlight on communication… Just a quick reminder that if any contact details (address, phone numbers or email addresses) have changed over the summer break to please let us know so that we can update our system. Please contact the Office to do this email@example.com
Spotlight on our school grounds… We are really proud of our school grounds and warmly invite our community to use them out of school hours. However we ask that you encourage your children to respect our school facilities and to continue to show their School Values at all times both while on our grounds and in the village. This includes remembering not to bring dogs onto our site at any time and to remind your children not to bike, scooter or skateboard on the artificial turfs as this damages the surface.
Spotlight on Professional Development… In the days before school officially began our team was hard at work beginning our professional learning for 2023. Our focus for this year continues to be in our core curriculum areas of Literacy and Maths.
We are excited to be continuing our mathematics professional development alongside Sarah Cobb from Mathematically Minded. Our continued focus this year is focusing on building our teachers’ professional capabilities alongside a focus on assessment, goal setting and how this informs our teaching and coverage of the curriculum. As part of this work we plan to have opportunities later in the year for parents and whānau to be involved in this learning alongside us in different ways, for example; information sessions and open afternoons/sessions.
We will also be continuing our Structured Literacy learning this year alongside the University of Canterbury and our Resource Teachers of Literacy with the Better Start Literacy approach (Years 0-2) and The Code (for our Years 3-8 ākonga).
Another focus for us is the implementation of the new Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum. We are currently undergoing professional development in this alongside our Aupaki Kāhui Ako (community of local schools including Redcliffs, Star of the Sea, Heathcote Valley, Mt Pleasant, Lyttelton and Te Aratai College) with the aim of delivering our first inquiry around this with the children in Term 2.
As a staff we are really excited about the professional learning we are embarking on this year, and we look forward to sharing this with you through regular updates in our newsletters.
And finally... I hope you have a fantastic Waitangi weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather! See you all at 9am on Tuesday for the start of Week 2.
BIG BOOK BUY UP - THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
A huge thank you to all the parents who kindly bought books at the Big Book Buy Up run in the last couple of days. If you missed out, there is still an opportunity to make a purchase from the display by the reception desk. The book that you choose will get a donation sticker put into it with your child's name on it and they will be the first person able to get the book out before it becomes part of the school library collection.
Your generosity means that we can continue to provide high-quality books in good condition to the tamariki of Sumner School.
Sumner School library and PTA
Year 5-8 Instrumental Lessons at Sumner School 2023
Sumner School students in Years 5-8 have the opportunity to learn an instrument at school during class time. Information regarding our music programmes, tutors and their contact information can be found here.
Christchurch School of Music will be holding a 'Try An Instrument and Blow Test’ at 3pm on Thursday the 9 February outside the Library. If your child is interested in learning a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument for the first time this year, you are invited to head along to find out more information.
Please note - children attending must be accompanied by an adult.
Term 1 Sushi Lunch
Sumner School sushi lunches start Week 2 (February 3) and finishes on April 7 - making it a 9 week sushi Friday term.
Below is the menu, prices and internet banking details.
You don’t need to send the form, just an email or text is fine. I will reply to all correspondence so you know the order is confirmed. We know how busy you are, so want to make it as easy as possible for you!!
Term orders – once the order and payment is confirmed, you can just sit back and know that every Friday lunch is sorted for your child/ren. Any sickness or Fridays they will be away, please let us know before Friday 8am. The earlier the better thank you.
Weekly orders – please order on or before the Thursday before Friday delivery. There is no guarantee orders placed on Friday will be supplied I’m sorry. Payment needs to be made and confirmed before delivery. Please send a screenshot of payment if you have paid on a Thursday afternoon. If payment has not been verified, we cannot supply sushi to your child/ren.
If your child/ren want to cancel the order due to sickness etc., please try and contact me before 8am Friday on the day of delivery and I will refund or credit your account.
Any questions or special requests, please email, text or phone.
Thanks so much and have a great term 1!!
Jan & Hide
Term Dates 2023
2 February - 6 April
26 April - 30 June
17 July - 22 September
9 October - 15 December (12.30pm finish)
2023 Public Holidays
Waitangi Day - 6 February
Good Friday - 7 April
Easter Monday 10 April & Tuesday 11 April (falls in the holidays)
Anzac Day - 25 April
King's Birthday - 5 June
Labour Day - 23 October
Show Day - 17 November
2023 Teacher Only Days
Monday 24 April
Thursday 16 November
Mana Ake - Tuning into Kids parenting course
A six-session programme for parents/caregivers of children aged 5-12 years.
Tuning Into TEENS is an option for parents/caregivers of tamariki in school years 6-8 (10-13yrs).
Please see the poster below for details and enrolment.
After School Surfing and Skate Lessons
If you're interested in getting your child or friend into Surfing/Skating, we have some awesome opportunities for them in term 1 at the local Sumner beach.
Here is a google form with all the information: Times, Prices, and more.
If you have any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrolment form: https://forms.gle/W8qaLWQA9CCSd6EG9
Have fun, play football - Ferrymead Bays Football Club
Check out the Juniors section of www.ferrymeadbaysfootball.co.nz for information about local football for 2023, including what's happening in Term 1. All new players welcome. Any queries, please contact Community Development Manager Ren Cameron at email@example.com or on 021-0661294.