Te Whare Akoranga o Maungawhau, March 10, 2022
From The Principal
Kia ora koutou,
The confronting realities of the escalating human tragedy in Ukraine inevitably add a sense of shock and anxiety for a world already grappling with economic, climate and pandemic-related concerns.
For a generation of children bombarded by so many forms of media in real time, it can be hard to know to what extent they may be aware, comprehend or feel worried about complex events that are far beyond their experience, understanding and control.
Every child reacts differently, but they inevitably depend on cues from the trusted adults around them to help them regulate and process thoughts and feelings in all aspects of their lives. Knowing how to respond to this is important, but can be equally challenging.
In the midst of our busy lives, it makes a significant difference to let them know that we are here to listen, and that we acknowledge their feelings. Often, just knowing they have been heard can make a difference.
The more comfortable our children feel asking questions, sharing concerns and discussing their emotions, the better we are able to support and reassure them in turbulent times. We don't always need to know the answer, but we can be willing to engage with their questions seriously in age-appropriate ways.
'A problem shared is a problem halved' as they say, and simply knowing that it's ok to feel worried can be reassuring in itself. Understanding that everyone - including the adults around them - can feel the same way and find things difficult to process at times can help them to see that this is not only 'normal', but actually a reflection of our compassion for others.
As well as answering as honestly as we can when questions arise, it can also be an opportunity to help them appreciate the many positive actions and efforts that are being undertaken to try and improve the situation.
Focusing, for example, on the dedicated work of critical services, volunteers and organisations - whether at local or global level - reminds them that there are ways to make a difference. This can include actions that we can commit to personally to help be part of the solution. Such actions can seem insignificant in nature, but of great importance in restoring a sense of agency and control that can feel under threat at times like these.
To end on a suitably positive note, I'm pleased to advise that we have recently reviewed our risk management settings, and will be removing gate-drop-off and pick-up restrictions from Monday 14 March. This means that parents will be allowed on site (outdoors), which is in response to the increasing focus on indoor transmission and rapid detection. All adults are asked to:
- Wear a face-mask as a courtesy to others
- Do not enter the classroom/school buildings
- Stay clear of the classroom at the start and end of the school day and avoid congregating in larger groups
- Respect the personal space of others by socially distancing
- Scan in using QR Codes on each gate
Beginning a new school year with closed gates has been a challenge all round, so we would like to thank all our parents once again for the support. We're sure you will be as relieved as we are to take this significant step towards 'normalising' the children's experience of school.
For those parents of younger children who have done so well at developing independence at the school gate, I suggest building on this by continuing to allow them to do so at least a couple of times per week. The protocols we have had to introduce brought some benefits for their personal and social development, so please ensure you still allow space to build on this, particularly during time with friends before school.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
This term, Team 2 are learning about plants.
Each class has been out exploring our beautiful school grounds. We have also had lots of discussions about what we already know and what we would like to learn. We are starting to do some experiments in class as well.
Fair Donation Drop Off Day is Sunday 13th March, 2 - 4pm
In previous years a drop off date for donations has been available in the lead up to the school fair in term 1. With the fair moving to term 4, we are running a drop off date this weekend for anyone that has had a big summer clear out - we welcome all quality items! Simply drive in the MENPS staff car park and onto the Top Courts to drop off any of the following:
- Toys - no soft toys accepted
- Clothing - washed, no underwear or men's clothing/shoes accepted.
- Jumble Sale - which is everything else!
Please consider whether you would be happy to pay about $5 for it, and use the clothing bin etc for anything ripped, stained, or broken.
Covid safety measures
- We will run this as a contactless - drop off & go
- Please wear a mask when dropping items off
- Physical distancing from others wherever possible
Many thanks in advance for your incredibly generous support of our school community,
The PTA Second-hand Stall teams
March PTA meeting
Thanks to those that attended the PTA meeting last night. Alan Jackson and Fleur Longley attended as representatives of the Board of Trustees and shared the Strategic Plan for 22/23.
We also had a few PTA members dialing in. If you would like to also attend but can't come in person please RSVP for a Google Meets link for the next meeting on April 5th.
- Online Auctions Coordinator - We are hoping to run an auction at our MENPS Quiz Night and are looking for someone to help organize the auction. This is likely to be a role that's needed once or twice a year - we have some great existing community relationships to draw on.
Huge thanks to the many parents and caregivers that joined us at the meeting last night as they take on new roles within the PTA team.
Second hand uniform shop
The shop won't be available onsite again until Traffic Light Orange. If you need anything from the second-hand uniform shop, please email us at email@example.com with the details and we will try to organise a solution.
Uniforms can be dropped off at the school office by individuals during school hours - adults must wear a mask, scan in and only remain onsite for the drop off to the office.
PTA - Supporting our school through fundraising & fun events
Chairperson Aimee Chikunda
Deputy Chairperson Pam Clifford
Secretary Jane Cunningham
Treasurer Linda Waddington-Miller
Class Coordinator Leader Chantal Brunner
PTA Advisor Scott Optican
Facebook and keep up to date with the PTA on Mount Eden Normal Primary School PTA page.
We Thank Our Amazing Sponsors
Are you thinking about buying or selling?
As part of their sponsorship of MENPS, Team Mike Robson donates $1000 back to the school for any property sold within the school zone for MENPS families. Feel free to call Mike (021484288) any time you’ve got a real estate query - he’s always happy to have a chat and answer your questions.
Find out more about Team Mike Robson and why they love living and working in Mt Eden.