Rātā Street School Pānui
Pānui No 17 Term 4 Wednesday 13 November 2022
Kia ora whānau
The end of year is fast approaching and school life is exciting and as busy as ever. Last week we had a number of children represent the school at Interschool Athletics at the Hutt Recreation Grounds. The day was hot, the support was great and our tamariki did us proud. A big thank you to Mr Forster, Mr Ellis and all the parent volunteers for ensuring that the children made it to their events, stayed hydrated and of course supported one another.
Te Whānau Kākano start their swimming programme this week. These lessons will be ongoing for the next two weeks at Huia Pool. We are always in need of extra togs and towels, so if you or anyone you know has spares to donate, they would be greatly appreciated. Please hand them to Jean-Mari in the office.
You can feel the anticipation building for our Year 6 students who will be heading away to camp at Forest Lakes next week. The children will be leaving on Wednesday morning and will return, most likely very tired, on Friday afternoon. A parent information meeting was held two weeks ago in the staffroom, and there was another meeting held last week for those parents/caregivers who will be helping out. I would like to thank Amanda Read and the senior teaching team for all their effort and commitment in planning what should be an amazing experience for our children. It will be an incredible opportunity to challenge themselves and learn in a different environment where lasting memories can be made!
Have a great week everyone.
We warmly welcome Azariah to Rātā Street School.
This week’s kupu:
He aha te tae o tōu whare?
What is the colour of your house?
School Reports and 2021 Data
End of Year School Reports will be coming home on the last day of the term, Thursday 15 December. The report format is largely in line with previous years, however a new feature this year is that teachers will be reporting on our how your child has worked in relation to our school’s values. These are:
Aroha - Heart
Mahi tahi - Teamwork
Whakaute - Respect
Pakari - Resilient
Whakauru - Inclusive
The report will continue to indicate how your child has achieved in relation to curriculum expectations in pānui - reading, tuhituhi - writing and pāngarau - mathematics. These judgements are made by your child’s teacher using a range of assessment information such as standardised tests, classroom assessments, book work, anecdotal notes and by having learning-based conversations with your child. Other curriculum areas will also be covered and a general comment given.
We will be informing the community of our End of Year Achievement Data for this year in Term 1 next year. Please see the next page for a summary of our 2021 data.
· 64% of all Rātā Street School students were reading at or above the end of year curriculum expectations.
· 59% of Māori students were reading at or above the end of year curriculum expectations.
· 62% of Pasifika students were reading at or above the end of year curriculum expectations.
· The percentage of Male students reading at or above end of year curriculum expectations was 54%.
· We had 73% of Female students reading at or above the curriculum expectations.
· 55% of all Rātā Street School students were writing at or above the end of year curriculum expectations.
· 44% of Māori students were writing at or above the end of year curriculum expectations.
· 61% of Pasifika students were writing at or above the end of year curriculum expectations.
· The percentage of Male students writing at or above end of year curriculum expectations was 47%.
· We had 61% of Female students working at or above the writing expectations.
· 62% of all Rātā Street School students were working at or above the mathematics expectations.
· 60% of Māori students were working at or above expectations in mathematics.
· 57% of Pasifika students were working at or above expectations in mathematics.
· The percentage of Male students working at or above end of year curriculum expectations in mathematics was 61%.
. We had 63% of Female students working at or above the mathematics expectations.
Nate Ellis will be leaving the Rātā Street whānau at the end of the year, as he is moving to Australia to be closer to family. Nate is going to continue his teaching career, and we wish him every success with his big move.
It is very important that your child attends school every day. Regular attendance is defined as 90% or higher. However, Ministry of Education analysis shows every day has a cumulative impact on a child’s learning and there is no ‘safe’ level of non-attendance. Every day matters!
Last term we had an average attendance rate of 82%. In Term 2 it was 79%.
School Donations Scheme
The Rātā Street School Board has opted into the donations scheme and it complies with the Ministry’s requirements, including that parents do not have to make voluntary donations except for school camps.
Term 1 - Wednesday 1 February to Thursday 6 April
Term 2 - Monday 24 April to Friday 30 June
Term 3 - Monday 17 July to Friday 22 September
Term 4 - Monday 9 October to Friday 15 December
Monday 5 December - Board Meeting, 6pm in the staffroom