Witherlea School Newsletter: Week 8
Monday / Rāhina - 22nd March 2020
Location: 214-216 Weld Street, Witherlea, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand
Phone: 64 (03) 578 5568
Week 8 - Wiki Tuawaru
Parent Teacher Interviews Start Today
We look forward to seeing you all in the next few days.
Kia ora koutou Witherlea whānau,
We have our Parent-Teacher Interviews throughout this week starting tonight at 3:30pm. Just a reminder that school is CLOSED at 1pm tomorrow as this is our LONG Interview Day for our teachers and ensures that every parent or caregiver has one interview slot.
We are immensely proud of our reporting which has gone through many phases in its development over the past three years so that we are highlighting what is important for every learner. We have a focus at Witherlea on PROGRESS rather than achievement. Knowing 'where a learner starts' is the vital first step to creating a plan for them and mapping their progress in each curriculum area, over the year.
If a child makes MORE THAN a year's progress in a year we call this ACCELERATED (this is important for any child who is struggling or behind). Most children make ONE YEARS progress in one year and continue this throughout their school-life. It is, however, not always linear. Some years it slows and other years it accelerates - every child is different and they progress in different areas at different rates.
We have baseline and aspirational achievement levels that we desire for all of our learners by the time they leave Witherlea however we also recognise that they are on a 'six-year' learning journey that focuses on; learning capabilities, key competencies, behaviour, leadership and global citizenship.
Connection with and to your children's learning is a great way to support progress and success at school. This can look like; keeping in touch with the classroom teacher regarding goals, commenting on Seesaw, coming to our Whānau Open Days and using our 'new' Learning Portal to find engaging ways to link and connect learning.
We view ALL our learners as individuals and we are providing rich and authentic learning experiences so that each of them is able to REACH their own POTENTIAL.
Andrea Harnett - Tumuaki
Nau mai ki te kura o Witherlea
We wish to welcome these new students and their families and whānau to our school and community;
Isla A, Reiner B, Angus F, Jack J, Madison M
Welcome to School Certificates are given out at our Flag Raising on a Monday morning at 9am when we are in Alert Level 1.
Hands On Learning
Term 1 Events - Wahanga Tuatahi
Week 8 - Wiki Tuawaru
Monday 22nd March- Friday 26th March
Monday 22nd March
Monday 22nd March-Wednesday 24th March
Tuesday 23rd March
SCHOOL CLOSED @ 1pm
Early Finish for Interviews 1:30pm-7pm
Thursday 25th March
Marlborough Swimming Champs
Friday 26th March
Assembly: Introducing Punga @ 2:15pm
Week 9 - Wiki Tuaiwa
Monday 29th March- Wednesday 31st March
Wednesday 31st March
Marlborough Tackle Sevens Tourney - Lansdowne Park
St John's mufti day - wear black & white, Gold Coin donation
Thursday 1st April
TEACHER ONLY DAY - SCHOOL CLOSED
Friday 2nd April - Tuesday 6th April
EASTER HOLIDAYS - SCHOOL CLOSED
Week 10 - Wiki Tekau
Wednesday 7th April - Friday 9th April
Wednesday 7th April
Friday 9th April
Assembly: Introducing Punga Hub 1 @ 2:15pm
Week 11 - Wiki Tekau Ma Tahi
Monday 12th April - Friday 16th April
Monday 12th April
Friday 16th April - Last day of Term
Whānau Open Day @ 11:30am-1pm
TEACHER ONLY DAY - JUST BEFORE EASTER
When we return on Wednesday 7th April it is our School Photos Day - so we want everyone looking sharp!
Whites Bay Learning Trip and Adventures
URGENT Road Patrol NOTICE
Our Local Sports Stars
Year 3-4 Cricket
Weetbix Try 2021
Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts
Oisin S: Showing kindness to others during Pataitai time and always trying his best in his learning.
Jacob Burkhart: Kindness to new students and supporting them in their learning.
Sienna W: Being an organised and self-motivated member of the class.
Cristina F-P: Living out the values of Witherlea School. She is kind and helps other students with their learning. A role model to her peers.
Braxton B: Is Witherlea’s, Mr Kind. He supports anyone in the class who needs some help. Ka pai.
Chayce K: Is a kind and caring friend to everyone. He is extremely competitive on the sports field but does this in a humble nature.
These students have been using their kind, safe and fair qualities within our school, towards other students and supporting our culture at Witherlea.
Early Words Recognition
We are very proud of the effort towards learning that our youngest students put in as the Early Words is the start of mastery at Witherlea School.
The WSPCG needs your help
Our WSPCG needs your help. They are looking for someone to take over as chairperson (this can be co-shared if this works better for some people) to help direct the amazing fundraising that they do. Shared ownership of schools discos, sausage sizzles, movie nights, the running of our second-hand clothing shop, lost property and more cannot be done without your help.
If you can spare the time, it would be truly appreciated, as, without it, we are not able to run any of the events listed above.
Please come and speak to Phil Funnell if you would like further information and he will put you in contact with the relevant people.