Weber School Newsletter
22nd September 2022 - Week 9
Tena Koutou Katoa Weber Whanau,
This pānui is to let you know about a change that is being made to the decile system, and what this means for our school/kura and ākonga.
As you may know, we receive government funding and staffing to operate our school which is mostly based on the number of ākonga we have.
There is also some government funding that is targeted. This includes ‘Equity Funding’. Currently our Equity Funding is based on how many ākonga we have and our school decile, but from 2023 school deciles will be phased out. The Ministry has a new measure called the Equity Index (EQI)
The EQI helps identify schools and kura that need additional funding and resources to support ākonga. The EQI gives each school a three-digit number which is tied to a funding rate. This number is not a measure of quality. It is not reflective of our schools’ teaching, culture, ākonga ability or achievement.
The EQI is a complex tool with strict privacy protections. School Boards, Principals and staff will not be provided with any information about ākonga, families or whānau, that has been used to generate their EQI number.
This number will be updated every year. For 2023 our number is 463. The average [national] Equity Index number is 463.
Another funding change happening next year is that the Ministry is making changes to the Isolation Index. This tells the Ministry how isolated our school is compared to others. It was last changed 20 years ago and of course there have been lots of changes to roads and our region in that time. This change will not have any/will impact on us.
You can read more about these changes including factsheets at the Ministry of Education’s website: The Equity Index – Ministry of Education
Have a lovely long weekend
- TERM 3
26 September - Public Holiday
27 September - Parent Interviews
27 September - Weber 'Wearable Arts' assembly , parents welcome 2.15pm
29 September -Mufti day / Last day of school
30 September - TOD
17 October - First day of Term 4 / Y7&8 Technology starts
24 October - Labour day: school closed
4 November - Pet Day
14 November - Kahurangi Tour at Huia Range
14 December - Reports home / Prize giving
15 December - last day of the term
Parent teacher interviews
Parent teacher interviews are open for booking now for the 27th of September via the link or scanning the QC code.
Booking will close 3pm Friday 23 September.
🐏🐜🐸🐕🕷️🦃PETS DAY 2022🐏🐐🦆🦌🐷🐶
Pet Day 2022
Please join us for the Weber School Pet Day,
Friday 4th November 10am start.
It is also ‘Gumboot Friday’ on this day so gold donation on entry for this occasion
This is a fun day for all our students to participate in.
Lambs – call, parade (lead and follow)
Dogs – parade (lead and follow)
Dogs - sitting command
Borrowed pets (for those without a pet or a pet that wouldn’t appreciate coming to Pet Day)
Pre-schooler and Pet
Lamb - fastest drinker- please bring own bottle
Dress up a pet and owner with a theme ‘swap places - the owner needs to be the pet and the pet needs to be the owner’
Pre- Pet Day Events
FAMILY EVENT: Decorate a ‘boot’ –could be a dress boot, work boot or even an old gumboot in the style of an animal. Name and deliver it to the office by Monday 31st Oct and they will be judged before Pet day and displayed in the hall on the day. This could be started in the holidays.
On Thursday 3rd Nov at school the students will design and make a ‘miniature garden’ to be judged on Pet day - further details to come
Other Events on the day
Photograph of a living creature eg insects / animals -to be submitted by email by Monday 31st October to firstname.lastname@example.org - to be judged before Pets day and displayed in the hall on the day.
Gumboot throw - in support of ‘Gumboot Friday’
Cake stall - fundraising for the Green team
This is a community event and all are very welcome to join.
🍏🍎YUMMY APPLE STICKERS 🍏🍎
Thank you to everyone for sending in your Yummy apple stickers. Please send any more that you have to the office as soon as possible so we can count them and send them off to exchange for sports equipment. We have sent new collection sheets home with your children so we can start collecting for next year straight away!
Many thanks, Mrs Lewis.
👚Weber Wearable Arts in progress!👗
⚠️ WANTED ⚠️
We would like the following things for our bug hotel please:
- Thick dry bamboo
- Terracotta pipes
- Dry twigs & sticks
- Tree mulch
- Bricks with holes in
- Wood with holes drilled in
- Rotten wood
- Old plastic bottles w grass clipping in it
- 1/2 a bag of pine cones
- Plywood off cuts
- Old terracotta pots
- Palm sized rocks
Also these for our other enviro projects please
- Ice cream Containers
- News Paper
For Homes (NZ) Ltd & For Farms (NZ) Ltd Calendar Competition. 📸
For Homes (NZ) Ltd and For Farms (NZ) Ltd once again are working to put our 2023 calendar together and because this year’s calendar theme “Kids art” was such a hit we’ve decided to involve the kids again for next years calendar.
The theme for 2023 will be “Kids and their pets”.
All photos can be sent through to email@example.com
Please make sure and photos sent through include the child’s first name and name of pet.
Weet Bix Triathlon
Tue, Mar 21, 2023, 08:39 AM
Ongley Park Park Road, West End, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Lego Robotics at Dannevirke Library🤖
LEGO Robotics at Dannevirke Library is starting again !
Children (between 8-12) will be shown how to build robots with lego. The first project will be to make a puppy that can move, bark, and show expressions.
Lego robotics will be every Wednesday during term time – beginning Wednesday 17 August – 3:30pm – 5:00pm.
Please register first as we only have a few lego sets.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 06 374 4255.