Te Puru School
Newsletter Term 2 2016 - Week 1
This week at Te Puru School...
A Message from our Principal
Tena koutou katoa, nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa.
Greetings parents, whanau and members of our school community.
Welcome back to all our students and a special welcome to our new students and their families. Te Puru School is a fabulous school on the coast, with talented teachers, very supportive and active parents/caregivers and the best students.
John Adams will not be driving the bus for the rest of this year as he has been diagnosed with a serious illness. This is sad news for us as John has been a fabulous driver over a long period of time. We wish John a speedy recovery. In the mean time Greg our relief driver will take over on a daily basis. If you know anyone who has a current bus license and they would like to be one of our relief drivers, please let Tania know in the office.
National Standards Data
This week in the NZ Herald there have been articles about how schools are performing against the National Standards since they were first introduced. The data presented in the Herald doesn’t paint a very good picture over all for NZ Schools:
2014 Data used by the Herald: (All NZ Primary Schools)
Reading – 93,707 students could not read at their expected level
Writing – 123,523 students unable to meet writing requirements
Maths – 106,485 students were behind in maths.
By Gender: (all NZ Primary Schools)
Male: Reading – 74%, Writing – 63% and Maths – 75%
Female: Reading – 82%, Writing – 79% and Maths – 76%
The Ministry of Education target for all schools is to have 85% of all students achieving at or above the NS by the end of 2017. In Reading and Maths we have met this expectation/target and with further work we can also achieve this in writing over the next two years.
2014 Te Puru School Data:
Reading – 86% (164/192) are achieving at or above the NS.
Writing – 78% (150/192) are achieving at or above the NS.
Maths – 83% (159/192) are achieving at or above the NS.
By Gender: (2014)
Male: Reading – 79%, Writing – 67% and Maths – 77%
Female: Reading – 91%, Writing – 88% and Maths – 88%
2015 Te Puru School Data:
Reading – 85% (148/176) are achieving at or above the NS.
Writing – 75% (132/176) are achieving at or above the NS.
Maths – 83% (145/176) are achieving at or above the NS.
Writing is our main focus this year and through to the end of 2017. Students who are either below or well below the NS in Writing have been identified and many of them will work with Sarah Oxford on a Tuesday in the middle block. Pete Ingerson has been contracted to release Sarah so this can happen. Pete will also work with the target cohort to support them in their writing.
As a school we are well placed in relation to student progress and achievement. This hasn’t happened over night, but from many years of hard work from our teachers who provide the very best education and learning experiences possible.
The partnership between teachers and parents has also played an important role in the high achievement levels our students continue to gain.
If you have any concerns re National Standards and your child’s levels of achievement please contact your child’s teacher or contact me through Tania in the office.
Ruma Kauri show off their amazing writing skills
Ever thought of becoming a parent representative on the board of trustees? Come along to our next board meeting on Monday 16th May at 5.15 pm in the staffroom.
Following are some guideline dates for Elections for Board of Trustees
Nomination forms have been sent out
Nominations close 20th May, 12 pm
Election day 3rd June, 12 pm
Declaration of results 9th June
Board takes office 10th June
TPS Mini Master Chefs - Ruma's Kauri & Nikau buddy up to produce some yummy Cheese & Herb Straws, kumara wedges & vege omelettes - check it out!
MAD Group calling parents!
We think it would serve our community well to host an information evening around the issues of technology and the internet. Are we thinking right?
Do you have questions or concerns?
Would you find it valuable to hear from experts?
Would you like to connect with other parents who have similar concerns?
We're thinking of holding an evening in term 2 or term 3 and we only want to do it if it will be of use and you would come.
Thinking of getting a mortgage? Go with ASB for Our School!
Making a Difference to TPS! The M.A.D. group.
Who's on the team?
Who's joined the team this year?
Staff involved are Pippa and Jayne
What are our M.A.D. Goals?
Easy - they all start with F
Fun - having as much of this as possible, and being a facilitator of fun for our community
Funds - raising as much money to support the learning in our school as possible
Family/Whanau - proactively developing the sense of family in our school community
What's coming up?
Specific dates & details to follow, but at this point we're aiming to do the following:
Term 2 - Scratch & Help Fundraiser
Term 3 - School Disco
Term 4 - Te Puru Quiz Night
TPS Fun Day
Can I get involved?
We thought you'd never ask!! There are a few ways you can help.
1. Join the M.A.D. group. We meet approx 4 times a year, for no more than 2 hours at a time. We're focussed - but have a lot of laughter along the way. Contact any of the people involved for more info.
2. Support our events with hands-on practical help. Each event will have a M.A.D. coordinator and they would LOVE to hear from you.
3. Support our fundraising by donating and also encouraging your children as they get involved.
Our M.A.D. programme will be finalised in the next few weeks and we will get it to you asap.
No assembly today
Wk 2 Rimu
Wk 3 Totara
Wk 4 Matai
Wk 5 No assembly
Wk 6 Kowhai
Wk 7 Pohutukawa
Wk 8 Nikau
Wk 9 Whanau Leaders
Wk 10 Kauri (Certificate assembly)
SPORTING FIRST AID
St Johns are providing the wider sporting community with the opportunity to learn about sporting first aid. Due to a shortage of volunteers, St Johns are funding a workshop for teams to educate, managing their own sporting injuries. These will be held on the 9th May and 19th May from 6pm to 8pm at the St John Training Hall, 1102 Queen St, Thames.
This will cover the following:
Spaces are limited, so if you would like to participate please contact Robyn Wilder on 07 8680555 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.