BIS Newsletter - Week 1 Term 3 2022

Thursday 30th June, 2022


Welcome Back to a new Term.

I hope everyone had a good break and that you are all well and ready to get back into a routine. I am aware that there is still a lot of illness in the community but we are hoping that our added measures around hygiene and social distancing will reduce the spread of illness at school.

There has been a lot to celebrate since students were at school last term. Our ShowQuest team performed beautifully and made us very proud when they danced with enthusiasm and skill. The recording of their performance was shared on our facebook page so you could all see how their 2 terms of rehearsals and effort paid off on performance day. Huge thanks to Kylie Dalton and Heather Johns who supported our students and got them to such a high standard.

Mathex was also a chance to celebrate excellence as our students competed against other schools in mathematical problem solving. We have been lucky to have some of our students who excel in mathematics be able to go up to Birkenhead College each week for extension maths lessons. Mr Coleman has also worked with students who have a love and talent in mathematics and we are thrilled with the gains that our students are making in this subject area.

Our netball teams are competing at a zone day today, the cross country is on next week and our sports camp team have been training for the last term in preparation for their big event in week 5. It is great to be able to participate in these competitions this year.

This week we began auditions for our school production. We have been lucky to be able to employ Mrs Dooley to teach performing arts across the school and work with our actors, dancers and singers to prepare our school production. Performance week will be week 10 and this should be an amazing week of talent on display.

During the break, teachers were planning for the term. The assessments done in term 2 have informed us as to where the learning priorities lie and we have planned accordingly. Whanau teachers are looking forward to parent and teacher conferences so they can share your child's learning with you and set goals for the term ahead. We hope to see you all next Tuesday.

It will be another busy term with a focus on setting and achieving goals. I am hopeful that all students will participate in the opportunities on offer and strive to achieve their learning goals.

Here's to a great term of learning and getting involved.

Ngā mihi nui.

JoAnne Sutton

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Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday 2nd August - Parent Teacher Conferences (school finishes at 1:15 pm)
  • Thursday 4th August - Book Week Parade
  • Friday 5th August - Cross Country

Parent Teacher Conferences

On Thursday 7th July you will receive a report on your child’s attainment across all curriculum areas and the key competencies.

On Tuesday 2nd August, we will be holding parent and teacher conferences to discuss your child’s goals for the rest of the year. School will finish at 1.15 pm on this day with bookings available between 2.00 pm and 8.00 pm.

Your child’s whānau teacher has all the information across all curriculum areas in regard to your child, so this means that you will only have to book one appointment with your child’s whānau teacher to discuss progress in all of their learning areas.

To make your booking paste the following link into your browser or click the button below:

Use the event code: u828p

If you are unable to make a booking, please phone Whaea Jodi at our office who will be happy to help. If this day doesn’t suit, or there are no times available for you, you can contact your child’s whānau teacher directly and make an appointment on another day and time that suits you.

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School closes at 1.15pm on Tuesday 2 August due to parent and teacher conferences.

Muddy Fields and PE

The rain has caused a lot of flooding around the school. We have a very wet and muddy field but also a lot of mud around the school. Students have been asked to keep off the mud but sometimes, this is not possible. As students train for cross country, they are running over grass and mud and need to be dressed for this. Students should have their PE gear at school each day and should be getting changed before being active. It would be a good idea for them to have a plastic bag and an old towel so they can ensure their muddy clothes are transported home without covering everything else in mud.

Speed limit around schools

The speed limit on Birkdale Road at the start and end of the school day is 40Km/h. However, this is often ignored.

The roads are slippery at the moment and cars are driving too fast down the road. This makes it difficult for the staff and students on road patrol to get the signs out and to ensure safe crossing.

Please slow down around the school and only park in designated car parks.

Please help your child to be on time to school in the morning so they are crossing the road when the road patrol is on duty.

Please help us to keep all students safe on the roads around schools.

Book Week is Here!

Throughout week 2, we'll be celebrating Book Week around our school. Our Book Character Costume Parade will be on Thursday, August 4. The Scholastic Book Fair is open in our library, and your child can purchase books and other goodies before school and during break times, until the end of Wednesday. Proceeds help us to buy more books, and there are some great deals to keep your kids reading, so please support this fantastic fundraiser. We'll also have the book fair open during parent-teacher interviews on Tuesday, if you'd like to stop in for a browse with your child, or buy them a surprise present.

Happy Reading!!

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Home Learning Reminders

Homework is a great way for your child to share their learning with you. Whanau teachers set home learning each week and share it either via google classroom or in a work sheet.

The purpose of homework is to reinforce the learning that has been done at school. It should not be new learning so students should be able to do their home working independently and share it with you.

As well as the set homework, students also have access to Comics Plus for extra reading and Maths-Whizz to revise their maths skills. We know that our students are involved in a multitude of other after school activities. We offer homework as an extra but also as a way to start good habits for independent study skills.

Hard Materials

Students have been hard at work, as always, here's a sample of the results..

Open Evening for students starting in 2023

If you know someone who is currently in Year 6 and is looking at attending our school next year, please remind them about our upcoming open evening on Wednesday 10 August from 6.30pm. Many of our students will be involved as tour guides and classroom hosts. We are hoping to showcase all our wonderful classroom spaces, learning and opportunities.

Drinking Water During the Day

We are trying hard to encourage students to bring their own drink bottles and drink water throughout the day. We know that water is important for brain function, to regulate body temperature, is good for skin and organs and is needed to stay healthy.

We have going to trial having the Vibe range of flavoured water available for students to purchase from school at break time. These cans of sugar free flavoured water will be sold for $2 per can.

We will continue to encourage students to bring their own bottles of water but we are not allowing energy drinks to be brought to school and consumed. These are not recommended for adolescents and contain a lot of sugar and caffeine.

Hopefully, students will enjoy having the Vibe drinks if they are not a fan of plain water.

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Nga Hua Students Unloading Pellets of Kai

Tamariki from Ngā Hua helping to unload pellets of kai. These get distributed to any local whānau in need. Strengthening our values of Whanaungatanga, Rikarika, Manaakitanga and Mahi tahi.
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Hospice needs your help!

Mums, dads, grandparents, carers, aunties, uncles… your local Hospice shops have been hit hard by Covid-19 and we really need your help. Come and volunteer with us! Just one three-hour shift per week will make such a difference to us. Flexible weekly shifts are available to fit in around your lifestyle, and our volunteers have so much fun and really enjoy the company of the other volunteers and shoppers. Come on your own or bring a friend and help Hospice care for your community. Call into your local shop and talk to the manager or contact your local Hospice.
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