Te Puru School
Newsletter Term 1 2016 - Week 11
This week at Te Puru School...
Grandparents' Day & Anzac Ceremony
Enjoy the photos!
A Message from our Principal
Tena koutou katoa, nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa.
Greetings parents, whanau and members of our school community.
Days like today make me feel so proud of being the Principal here at Te Puru School. It was great to welcome the many grandparents, as they arrived at the school gate. Our two Student Leaders, Reegan Moleta and Alana McKee held the gate open and welcomed students and parents all week and today they both did a fabulous job.
Grandparents were able to visit classrooms to see what school looks and sounds like today, but also to share what their school days were like.
Morning tea was available in the hall for our grandparents. Thanks to the senior students and Support Staff who helped with making scones yesterday and cups of tea or coffee today.
After playtime the students and their teachers showed off many traditional games that grandparents played when they went to school. Games like, hop scotch, marbles, skipping and gutter board.
It would be great to get feedback from grandparents about the day and what they thought about school today. Use my email address to send me your thoughts and any ways we could improve this day next year.
Following the traditional games, the senior students hosted our annual ANZAC Ceremony in the school hall. Most of our grandparents and parents were able to attend and I’m sure that they were moved like I was by the sharing of poems and thoughts about war. Special thank you to Pippa Harry for her time and effort to support the senior students to remember the thousands of New Zealand solders who fought and lost their lives in wars of the past.
We won’t forget them and we will be ever thankful as we live in the best country in the World and learn in the best school in the Universe.
Sue Watson Retiring
As many of our parents will know, Sue has retired from teaching as of this week. As a school we would like to thank Sue for the 30 yrs she has been teaching here at Te Puru School.
Over many years Sue was directly involved in many exciting experiences for our students, especially in the middle school. Activities such as:
* Line Dancing
* Entertaining the residents of Tararu Rest Home
* Her Leadership in Te Reo Maori and Kapa Haka
* Worm Farm Project
* Teaching her students how to play the ukulele
* Playing the Bag-Pipes for numerous school events
Sue will be greatly missed and we would like to wish her all the very best in retirement. We know that she will still drop in for a chat and cup of tea.
Principal’s Award this week goes to Reegan Moleta for his role as student leader this week. Well done Reegan.
Have a fabulous holiday and break and we will see you all back well rested and ready for another exciting term on Monday 2nd May.
Ever thought of becoming a parent representative on the board of trustees?
Following are some guideline dates for Elections for Board of Trustees
Nomination forms will be sent out shortly
Nominations close 20th May, 12 pm
Election day 3rd June, 12 pm
Declaration of results 9th June
Board takes office 10th June
whats cooking in the kitchen this week room Pohutukawa?
MAD Group calling parents!
We think it would serve our community well to host an information evening around the issues of technology and the internet. Are we thinking right?
Do you have questions or concerns?
Would you find it valuable to hear from experts?
Would you like to connect with other parents who have similar concerns?
We're thinking of holding an evening in term 2 or term 3 and we only want to do it if it will be of use and you would come.
Thinking of getting a mortgage? Go with ASB for Our School!
Making a Difference to TPS! The M.A.D. group.
Who's on the team?
Who's joined the team this year?
Staff involved are Pippa and Jayne
What are our M.A.D. Goals?
Easy - they all start with F
Fun - having as much of this as possible, and being a facilitator of fun for our community
Funds - raising as much money to support the learning in our school as possible
Family/Whanau - proactively developing the sense of family in our school community
What's coming up?
Specific dates & details to follow, but at this point we're aiming to do the following:
Term 2 - Scratch & Help Fundraiser
Term 3 - School Disco
Term 4 - Te Puru Quiz Night
TPS Fun Day
Can I get involved?
We thought you'd never ask!! There are a few ways you can help.
1. Join the M.A.D. group. We meet approx 4 times a year, for no more than 2 hours at a time. We're focussed - but have a lot of laughter along the way. Contact any of the people involved for more info.
2. Support our events with hands-on practical help. Each event will have a M.A.D. coordinator and they would LOVE to hear from you.
3. Support our fundraising by donating and also encouraging your children as they get involved.
Our M.A.D. programme will be finalised in the next few weeks and we will get it to you asap.
If you wish your child to participate in ICAS tests, click the link above for online registration.
School Name: TE PURU SCHOOL
School Code: 02001912
ICAS will be administered in school.
Today, our assembly is being led by our Ruma Kauri. Kia ora, Ruma Kauri!
Wk 11 Kauri (Certificate Assembly)
netball yrs 1-4 come and have a go
school holiday programmes
Do you need to hire a costume? Well, we have the place just for you
Catalogue viewing hours, Tuesday to Friday 9 - 5 pm & Saturday 9 - 12pm. Fittings are available on Fridays or by appointment only.