Newsletter No. 20, 2 December 2022
Kia ora rā koe,
An extra special Haere Mai to Sumner School to Bailey and Vann W who joined us last week.
It is VERY hard to believe that December is here and we only have 2 weeks left of the school year - not that I am counting..! It has been another full fortnight at school, with lots of exciting opportunities for our tamariki (children), but it’s not over yet! The next couple of weeks will be a really busy and exciting time at Sumner School as we come together as a school to celebrate the achievements and successes of 2022. Please make sure you have had a good look at our Calendar of Events to make sure you have everything in your diary!
Yesterday we began our end of year celebration assemblies with our Music Showcase Assembly where our Concert, Jazz and Rock Bands and our School Choir showcased their skills and talents… and WOW what a lot of talent there was on offer! A huge well done to all our tamariki (children) who took part and to our wonderful music tutors who work so hard with our ākonga (learners) each year. A massive thank you also goes to Mr George Hart who has led our choir this year and who has also worked behind the scenes as our Music Coordinator.
Earlier this week we also had 29 students who headed away to represent the school at the Canterbury Athletics Championships. Congratulations to our tamariki who all competed to the very best of their ability with their School Values on display throughout. Special mention goes to Lennie C who placed 2nd in the Year 8 distance event and to Lola S who placed 2nd in the Year 5 80m sprint event. Another huge HUGE thank you must also go to Mrs Gwen Vine who has worked incredibly hard as our PE and Sports Leader this year to ensure our children have had the opportunity to take part in an incredible number of sports events over the year.
Looking ahead to next week we have a number of exciting end of year events including;
The Years 5-8 Awards Assembly on Tuesday at 9.15am where we will celebrate the service of our students who have dedicated their time volunteering and representing our school over the year.
The Years 3-8 Tough Kids event on Thursday from 12.30pm at South New Brighton Domain. During this event all children will compete in a Tough Mudder style event where they have to work through an obstacle course involving mud, water… and lots of fun. Please make sure you have had a read of the letter about this event that was sent home in paper form and via the App last week.
Our School Christmas Concert at 9.30am on 9 December where we will be spreading some Christmas Cheer as all teaching teams will be taking to the stage to sing some festive favourites. We will also be encouraging children (and families) to dress festively or in red and green. Please see the flyer below with more details about this.
We would also like to invite everyone who has volunteered their time for our school to a special ‘thank you’ morning tea in Waiora after our Christmas Concert on Friday 9 December. Please have a look at the flyer below for more information.
Spotlight on assessment and reporting… Alongside everything else that has been happening in the last 2 weeks, teachers and students have also been busily using end of year assessments to make OTJs (Overall Teacher Judgements) as to whereabouts in the curriculum children are working. To do this teachers use a variety of information including formal testing, the work students complete during learning tasks, observations from within class and moderation discussions with other teachers. These assessments form part of the report writing process which teachers are busily completing as we speak ready to be shared with families on 13 December, but they also provide us with the information we need to identify trends for school wide areas for improvement, enable us to identify the students in 2023 who will benefit from additional intervention and support with learning, and help us to identify those students who may need extension. Further information on our assessment and reporting processes at school can be found here.
A reminder that parent access to reports has been temporarily suspended to enable us to upload assessment data and report comments. You will be notified via the School App when reports are ready to be viewed.
Spotlight on transitioning into 2023… As you know our teaching teams have now started working to develop our learning placements for our ākonga for next year. As part of this process children have already had the opportunity to visit new teams so that they can get to know the space and take part in some Tuakana–teina (peer buddy) activities alongside their new team mates for 2023. On Monday 12 December children will then have the opportunity to formally meet their new teacher and team for next year.
We have also made a new development to begin at the start of next year. This will see all students and their parents invited to visit before the start of classes on Thursday 2 February to meet individually with their new teacher for a special learning conference (Hauora Hui) on either Tuesday 31 January or 1 February.
These 30 minute hui will enable time for the new Home Group teacher to discuss information that has been passed on from the previous teacher (as part of our handover process) and for families to provide any updates as needed. Parents and students will also be invited to share information related to what excites and is important to their child, how they learn best and the best ways that the teacher can support them. These hui will also work to provide a strong platform for open communication through the year as teachers establish communication channels, check access to our school digital platforms and provide a safe space for whānau to share confidential or pertinent information about their child/ren.
These hui will form an essential part of how we ensure we are developing programmes, opportunities and learning environments that meet our children’s needs so we would like to see bookings from all families. Booking information will be shared in the last week of term and bookings will be open throughout the summer break.
Spotlight on finance… A reminder to please log into Hero to check finance statements for your children. Sue Stevens is regularly updating accounts in order to try and get these up to date for families. We would really appreciate your support in making your payments swiftly. Our financial year ends on 31 December and so it would make Sue’s life a lot easier if we receive these asap. A reminder that you can download your own receipts from Hero by clicking 'View Donation Payments' and clicking the desired tax year button. These receipts meet IRD requirements for claiming donation refunds. Please note, receipts are not available from mobile devices. Just a gentle reminder if you haven't paid already we are still waiting for $1,200 for Aupaki Touch payments. If your child participated and you haven't yet paid please do so asap as Sumner School has already paid on behalf of your child.
If you have any questions regarding your statement please email Sue firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a wonderful weekend with your family.
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 ‘Blow Test’ at 3pm on 1 December in the hall. If your child is interested in learning a woodwind or brass instrument for the first time next year you are welcome to head along to find out more information. Please note - children attending must be accompanied by an adult.
Sports Coordinator Results
Mrs Vine Sports Coordinator Report - Canterbury Athletics
On Wednesday 30 November 29 students left at 7.30am to head away to Ngā Puni Wai for the Canterbury Athletics event. It was a very busy day with students participating in their events throughout the day. It was great to see so many parents and students supporting all of the students who took part. This event included participants from the whole of the Canterbury region including Mt Hutt to the West Coast. A massive thank you to Ms Lean who marshalled the High Jump for the day. Also just a big thank you to all the students who managed the day so well and huge congratulations to you all. You made us all proud!
Above are the results from the day.
Mrs Vine Sports Coordinator Report - Canterbury Triathlon
On Monday 21 November, 14 students headed away to the Canterbury Triathlon held on a private property on South Eyre Road near West Eyreton. Students who participated competed in the following events:
Year 5 - 6 students completed a 100 metre swim, 7km bike and then a 2km run.
Year 7 - 8 students completed a 150 metre swim, 10km bike and then a 2.5km run.
Overall it was a fantastic day, with students certainly showing grit, determination as well as perseverance. Above are the results. Congratulations to all of the students who participated, what an amazing day.
CJCA Year 7 & 8 Cricket Tournament
On the 28 & 29 November, Sumner School competed in a Boys CJCA Cricket Festival at Hagley Park, Polo grounds. They played their first game against the team that went on to win the whole tournament, Cobham Intermediate. Cobham opened the batting and put up a big total of 212. Sumner School came in and lost some early wickets and ended up scoring 77 which unfortunately wasn't enough to win the match. Sumner started the second match knowing that they had a chance to win against St Thomas of Canterbury School. Sumner bowled first and restricted them to only 78 runs. Feeling confident Sumner came into bat and quickly beat their score in just 8 overs which rounded off a decent day of cricket. The next day, Sumner came up against St Martins School. Sumner bowled first and quickly picked off their batsmen only allowing them to score 85. St Martins got some early wickets but luckily Riley and Louis came in to seal the game. Sumner chased down their target in ten overs. Sumner’s final game was against Heaton Intermediate, which they knew would be a tough side to beat. Sumner was sent into bat and started off to a rocky start losing some early wickets. Jono and Riley came in last and had a great partnership of 80 runs. Jono making 26 and Riley scoring a well earned half century and hitting 4 sixes! Sumner got off to a flying start picking up 3 wickets in the first two overs. The next two batters formed a solid partnership. At ten overs, Heaton matched Sumner’s run rate. So if they kept going like this they would win the game. Two new batsmen came to the crease and started putting the ball away to the boundary, putting the pressure on Sumner. With 3 overs left Heaton needed about 30 runs to win the game. Gus bowled an amazing wicket maiden which put us in a very good position to win the game. The next over was bowled to one of the better batsmen in their team. He put away three fours on the first three balls of the over. Now Heaton are on top to win the game. With one over left, Heaton needed 16 runs to win. Sumner managed to restrict them to 8 runs off that over, meaning Sumner won by 8 runs. Overall it was a good tournament, Sumner winning 3 out of 4 games and finished 2nd overall in the competition, tied with a couple other teams. Thank you to the two amazing parents Hayden and Chris who coached, transported and managed the team over the two days. Team : Riley (C) Louis (VC), Finn, Gus, Neiko, Lennox, Jono, Xander, Raff. Hayden (Head Coach) Chris (Assistant Coach) Written by Gus, Riley and Finn.
Thank you to Sumner School
For your amazing contributions for Shoebox Christmas. We donated the boxes to children at a preschool and school in Woolston as well as to an organisation called ‘Grandparents raising Grandchildren.’ As we received some larger gifts we were also able to donate these to several children at Ronald McDonald house. They were all extremely grateful and it has been great talking to our akonga about the importance of giving back.
Thank you again and to the Hapori Group.
Lisi Reid and Rachel Todd
Canterbury Primary School Surf Championships
Results are as follows:
Year 6 and under boys
1st Jack C, 2nd Jet T, 4th Ollie S
Year 6 and under girls
1st Layla D
Year 7&8 boys
2nd Jacob S, 3rd Travis H
Following on from Canterbury Primary Surf Champs were the South Island Surf Champs.
Results from South Island Primary School Surf Champs are as follows:
Year 6 & Under Boys
1st Jack C
2nd Austin E
Year 6 & Under Girls
2nd Layla D
Stationery 2023 - order now before the holiday rush!
Term Dates 2023
2 February - 6 April
24 April - 30 June
17 July - 22 September
9 October - 18 December, 12.30pm finish (to be confirmed)
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
Term 4 School Docs Policy Review
In 2022, we will be reviewing the policies related to Health, Safety, and Welfare throughout the year.
In term four, the review focus is on our Health, Safety and Welfare Policy.
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/
Project Wondergirl is Camp Wondergirl's (CWG) signature 5-day leadership programme. CWG inspires, empowers and educates girls ages 8-12 to explore mindfulness, embrace uniqueness, and express their superpowers! The mission is to make sure every girl knows she is a Wondergirl - powerful, loving, and unique.
Date & Time: Monday 9th - Friday 13th January, 9am - 4pm
Location: Steiner School, Christchurch
For more details: www.campwondergirl.com/project-wondergirl
Kelly Sports Summer Holiday Programmes
Bookings for our upcoming Kelly Sports Summer Holiday Programmes at Hillview Christian School are now available online.
The focus of our Programmes is to ensure kids are active throughout, with a great mixture of games and activities to suit everyone. WINZ Subsidies are available for families that qualify and we have options of Half Day sessions, School Day sessions and Full Day sessions available.