Newsletter No. 14, 26 August 2022
Kia ora rā koe,
Welcome to (almost) Spring! It’s wonderful to see the mornings and evenings getting lighter and to welcome some warmer days, however it’s really hard to believe that we are already mid-way through Term 3!
Winter has been a challenging time for many families and whānau with the onset of a huge number of winter germs. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for the support that you have given the school and community in keeping your child(ren) at home when they have been sick. I know this hasn’t been easy, but we really appreciate your support in helping us keep everyone at school well. Hopefully with Spring on its way we can bid farewell to some of the germs!
Spotlight on events at school… Over the last fortnight at school we have again been busy with lots of learning and events taking place. These have included; Aupaki Cultural Festival, Awaroa Young Writer’s Workshop, Years 7 and 8 Cantamaths, Calendar Art creations and a wonderful Years 0-4 assembly today led by our Rapanui ākonga. Have a look at the Sneak Peek created by our Media Team below to see all that has been happening.
On Tuesday we welcomed the six Aupaki Primary Schools to perform at the Aupaki Cultural Festival. Our Kapa Haka performed brilliantly and represented our school with incredible mana. Massive thanks to Andrew Daniels and Matua Steve our Kapa Haka tutor for their mahi in getting the performance ready. In past years this has been an event where we have been able to invite whānau to watch, but due to the number of ākong in attendance the decision was made to record the festival this year. A link will be shared very soon for you all to watch this.
Congratulations to our Year 8 Cathamaths Team comprising of Gus A, Darby K-R, Louis S and Lily R, and our Year 7 Team comprising of Finlay S, Marshall G, Lennox L and Jono W who represented our school earlier in the week in the 2022 Cantamaths competition. Our teams performed incredibly well against the 100 schools in attendance and placed in the mid-table for their year levels. A special mention also goes to Angus S too who received a ‘Highly Commended’ award for his board game display as part of the event.
As we head into the second half of this term we have a number of events planned, including Awaroa Camp and our infamous Book Week. Please keep a close eye on our Calendar of Events to ensure you don’t miss anything!
Spotlight on planning for 2023… As we head towards the end of term 3, my focus turns to planning ahead to the next school year. Part of this process is beginning to look at the number of tamariki within the school and developing our school structure (how many classes within each learning team) for the year. To help us with this process it is a great help if we have an accurate idea of the number of new entrants likely to enrol throughout 2023. If you have a child turning 5 during the remainder of 2022 or throughout 2023 could you please check with the school Office that they are on our pre enrolment list. If enrolment has slipped from your mind, you can do this easily online via this link or on our school website via the front home page. If you have any questions please contact the School Office.
And finally… a reminder to have a read of the article below about our Sumner Spookers PTA event that will be taking place on 29 October. Don’t forget to register your interest so you know when tickets go on sale so you don’t miss out on what is sure to be a fantastic event!
Have a wonderful weekend - stay warm and dry!
Aupaki Cultural Festival - Week 5
We’re over half way through the year, and it’s been a busy one for the Sumner School PTA. There’s still lots to look forward to - put these dates in your diaries!
Sneak Peek with the Media Team
PTA Parent Evening Fundraiser - Save the Date, 29 October
Sumner School is trembling with excitement to bring you, Sumner Spookers. An 18+ evening of frightful fun, nervous giggles and unhinged entertainment.
Doors open at 5.30pm for drinks and spooks (pay bar will be open). At 6.30pm the untamed entertainment kicks off. Be on time; your life might just depend on it.
For those wanting to raise their blood pressure a little more, the Sumner Spookers catwalk will be open to all for a "fight to the death" (aka strut your stuff) for top honours as NZ Building Inspectors Ltd "Best Spooker" ($500 cash prize), Best couple/group ($250 cash prize), or Peoples Choice ($250 cash prize).
Finally, thanks to The Standevens - Ray White, lose your inhibitions and let epic Christchurch band, D'sendentz, possess you on the dance floor, until you just can't shake your bones anymore.
In between all of this, Vagabond Chefs will be serving supper and an auction, with prizes worth selling your soul for, will take place. Stay tuned for more details.
-Tickets $70 per person (Tickets sold as tables of ten)
-4 x VIP tables available (champagne on arrival & front row seats for the entertainment and catwalk. Please email the address below to place a bid on our VIP tables.
Tables are limited. To register your interest and be the first to know when tickets go on sale next week email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Term 3 School Docs Policy Review
In 2022, we will be reviewing the policies related to Health, Safety, and Welfare throughout the year.
In term three, the review focus is on our Student wellbeing and safety and Staff wellbeing and safety policies.
Instructions for reviewers:
1. Visit www.schooldocs.co.nz
2. Search for Sumner School (Username: Sumner, Password: Wakefield).
3. Search for the above policies in the search bar.
4. Read the policy.
5. Check the red Policy Review icon at the right-hand top corner of the page. a new screen will appear.
6. Select your role (Board member, staff member, or parent/caregiver) from the drop-down list.
7. Enter your name (optional).
8. Submit your ratings and comments.
Mana Ake is available to Support families/Whānau
If you would like to meet with one of the Mana Ake team please talk to your child's teacher and they will book in a time for you.
Mana Ake encourage parents to visit https://manaake.health.nz/supporting-your-child/ and the Free Parent Helpline 0800 568 856. This is available from 9am to 9pm Monday to Sunday.
The Mana Ake website has a section on Big Worries - Mana Ake which is particularly relevant with what’s going on in the world currently.
Parents going to this site can be assured of finding up-to-date and quality information on wellbeing and parenting skills. Another useful link for families and parents. https://realparents.org/
Registration is now open for Term 4
All ages from 5 years to Adult - equipment provided
Training held in Avonhead or St Martins