Newsletter No. 3, March 4 2022
March 4 2022
Tena koutou e te Whānau,
The last two weeks have been pretty busy at school and have taken on a slight aquatic theme with our Years 5-8 Triathlon, Swimming Sports for Years 3-8, Rapanui’s Splash and Dash and the end of Aqua Gym for Rapanui. It is always wonderful to see our tamariki involved in these activities, but this year it feels even more special to have these events taking place considering all that is happening around us. Take a Sneak Peek here with the Media Team to see what has been happening. There is also a special Splash and Dash imovie here to see our youngest ākonga in action.
Triathlon - Years 5&6, week 4
Spotlight on Covid Protection Framework…
We appreciate that these are unsettling times, but please be assured that the health and wellbeing of our children, staff and community is our top priority. An important part of looking after our children is ensuring routine and consistency for them. This means continuing to attend school as normal wherever possible so that our children continue to have consistent learning routines and social engagement with friends. If you have any questions please let us know - we are here to help and support.
Spotlight on Learning Goals…
To see your child’s goals:
- Open the School App
- Click on Hero Icon (bottom row)
- Log into Hero
- Click on the 3 line ‘Hamburger icon’ (top left of screen)
- Click on your child’s face
- Your child’s current and recently completed learning goals will be displayed here
Further information on Learning Goals can be found in our Assessment and Reporting guide here.
Spotlight on Learning Conferences…
A reminder that bookings are now open for our virtual Learning Conferences which will be held next week on Wednesday and Thursday. You can book a slot using the following link: www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code/vxkbj.
Once you have booked your conference you will receive a confirmation message containing a link to your 15 minute virtual conference on Zoom which will be facilitated using a ‘Waiting Room’ function. This gives teachers the ability to admit parents to their conference at their booked time slot. The smooth running of our virtual conferences will rely on everyone keeping to the timetable. Please consider other families and make sure you join and end your conference on time - and please do not be offended if a teacher needs to cut your discussion short in order to keep to their conference schedule. If you feel you need more time, please arrange a separate time to meet. We ask that you are understanding of our staff as we adjust to this new conference platform.
The focus for our Learning Conferences this term will be Whanaungatanga. This will be an opportunity for our teachers to share how your child/ren have settled into the school year, and for you as parents to provide any additional information or special considerations you think we need to know about to ensure your child is set up for success. We appreciate that with conferences being virtual parents may choose to join from work, meaning that you do not necessarily have your child with you as you normally would. Please do not worry about this - we will be making changes to conferences to make them more of a conversation rather than student-led.
Please note also that the first ever online Big Book Buy Up will be going live at 10:00am on Wednesday 9 March to coincide with the Learning Conferences later the same day. We will send you the link on the app on Wednesday morning. You will be able to browse the books and then make a purchase on the form provided.
Finally, a reminder that lessons will cease at 1.30pm on both Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 March in order to give our teachers enough time to meet with each family. Please arrange for your child(ren) to be collected from school at this time. We will provide supervision for children who aren't able to be picked up earlier, but with our increased efforts to keep the learning teams separate we would really appreciate as many children being collected as possible. Please let the Office know if you are unable to collect your child. Email: email@example.com
Spotlight on our Caretaker…
We are in search of a new Caretaker! Trevor, our brilliant and longstanding Caretaker is leaving us for pastures new in Nelson. Information about this vacancy and how to apply can be found here.
And finally… Please support our wonderful PTA with their hot cross bun fundraiser. Details can be found below!
Have a wonderful weekend with your whānau.
Ngā mihi nui,
Tuawera Swimming Sports
On Monday 21 February, the Year 5 to 8 students competed in our annual school Triathlon. Students entered this event as either an individual or within a team. The Year 5 and 6 students had to complete 2 laps of the pool swimming, 3 laps of the biking route and 1 lap of running, while the Year 7 and 8 students had to complete the same route for biking and running and 4 laps of the pool. It was great to see everyone participating in this event, showing the Character Strengths of teamwork and perseverance. Well done to everyone, what an amazing event!
This day could not have taken place without the parents who volunteered to assist with running this event. A huge thank you to all of you who volunteered your time and also to those that were out on the course supporting the students as they competed.
Due to the COVID restrictions, the Canterbury Triathlon has been postponed until the 21 November. The following students placed in the school event, with many heading away to the Canterburys in November:
Mrs Vine Sports Coordinator Report - Swimming Sports
All of the Year 5 to 8 students took part in their annual swimming sports day, which was held on Monday 28 February. It was great to see all of the students entered into an event, either a 25m to a 50m swimming stroke and a large number of students in the Open Butterfly event this year. Congratulations! A huge thank you to all of the Year 5 - 8 teachers who ran this successful day. The below students placed as follows:
Due to the ongoing Red Setting restrictions Primary Sports Canterbury have made the following decisions regarding Canterbury level events this term:
Canterbury Triathlon: Postponed until 21 November
Canterbury Swimming Sports: Cancelled
The Red Setting restrictions coupled with the cancellation of Canterbury Swimming Sports means that the South-East Zone Swimming Sports has also been cancelled.
Rapanui Splash and Dash - week 5
Big book buy up
It is time for the first online Big Book Buy Up book sale!
Every year the school library and the PTA run a fundraiser to add quality books to the school collection for the tamariki to enjoy. This is always well supported by parents and your contribution is really appreciated. It means that we can keep the library well stocked with a diverse collection of reading material for the school community. This year we are going online! We will send a link on Wednesday morning 9 March where you can browse the books on sale and make a purchase on the form provided.
If you choose to donate a book to the library from the books on offer, your child's name will be out on a nameplate in the front cover and they will be the first one to have the book issued.
Thank you for your continued generosity.
Congratulations to Rapanui Values Awards students
Musical Instruments for Sale
The school has flutes, clarinets and a saxophone for sale. Each instrument was serviced and valued at the end of last year, and all are in good condition. If you wish to purchase or would like more information please email the office firstname.lastname@example.org Please be quick as there are only a few left.
Week 6 is Walk to School Week for NZ
Move it Monday - it's time to get moving. Walk, run, bike, skate or scooter to school.
Trash Tuesday - pick up rubbish on your way to school and put it in the bin.
Walk or Wheel Wednesday - dress up your wheels.
Think about it Thursday - think about how you get to school - what do you enjoy?
Funky Feet Friday - put your best feet forward - wheelies, gumboots, flippers, just get creative.
Mana Ake is available to Support families/Whānau
Parent Drop-ins to see a Mana Ake counsellor/Kaimahi are up and running. Due to Covid Red Setting these will be organised via Zoom or a phone call.
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. Mana Ake has also put together some useful resources on their website, Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow.
School Docs Term 1 Policy Review
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.