2023 Newsletter - Week 6 Term 2
Greenmeadows School, 31st May Newsletter #8: 2023
Manuia le vaiaso o le gagana Samoa! We have been flying the Samoan flag since Monday in recognition of Samoa Language Week. I was lucky enough to recently meet with members of our Pasifika community to explore ways which we can better reflect the varied cultures that make up our special community here at Greenmeadows. They had some pretty exciting ideas.
I would like to extend a huge thank you to our entire staff for working to keep our school open today. Almost all of our teachers are members of the NZEI and were entitled to attend union meetings onsite this afternoon. We managed to allow this to happen whilst still maintaining adequate supervision for your children so we did not have to ask you to collect them early. Fa’afetai!
The biggest news of late surely has to be the recent opening of our new senior playground. This has certainly proved to be very popular among our older children, and we greatly appreciate the efforts of our amazing PTA who were instrumental in gaining funding for this project. They will need your help soon, as they've already started to work on the next project - a new junior playground!
WELCOME TO GREENMEADOWS SCHOOL
We have had 4 new students start with us since the last newsletter - a very warm welcome to Kiana Martin, Akasha Newbitt-Ruwhiu, Jonathan Feng and Scarlett Smith.
Our roll at present is 434.
A reminder that this playground (particularly the slide) has been designed for use by older children. Parents who arrive early to collect children at the end of the day should exercise caution if you are allowing pre-school children to use this area. If you need to lift a child onto a piece of equipment, then it probably hasn't been designed for someone that small.
What about our juniors? Well, our incredibly motivated PTA have already set about planning for a new junior playground! Watch out for information that will come home soon about a Walkathon, aimed at raising money for this new project.
Our new gate looks great, and will look even better when the waharoa is complete (we will be consulting our community on this very soon). Please avoid using the bus stop at pick up and drop off times. We have vans that use the bus stop with larger groups of children and the swimming bus also pulls in there.
This is Ethan, one of our valued road patrollers. He is great at keeping your children safe when crossing the road, and he really appreciates it when everyone, including adults, use his crossing. He finds it difficult to see when people park in the bus stop or on the yellow lines beside his crossing.
Church Car Park
This is a great place to drop off or pick up your child. Please park considerately when using this facility as it does not belong to our school. We are grateful to the church for allowing us to use the car park at peak times. Please park in nearby streets when signs indicate funeral parking only.
Church Car Park
ROOM 4 NEW ENTRANTS
ŌTĀTARA KĀHUI AKO NEWS
This week we are introducing the dimension/pillar or wall of
Taha - aspect (in this case of overall all well being/hauora)
Whānau - family
Taha whānau is about who makes you feel you belong, who you care about and who you share your life with. Whānau is about extended relationships – not just immediate relatives. It's your hoamahi/colleagues, friends, peers, community and the people you care about.
Activities to support Taha Whānau at home and out and about …
Play games together.
Enjoy a pot luck meal together
Create and enjoy together an at home family meal where each person cooks a different course.
Go for a walk with somebody who is part of your whānau group.
Watch and support a member of your whānau group play sport.
Invite whānau and friends to watch you play sport.
Write a letter or postcard to those whānau and friends that live further away.
Zoom call or facetime those whānau and friends that live further away.
Make a surprise visit to somebody you haven’t spent time with in a while.
Talk with an older member of your whānau about your whakapapa - where you come from.
YUMMY APPLE STICKERS PROMOTION
We are again collecting the Yummy cut-out labels from bags (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers. With the apple stickers we can claim for our school’s share of free sports gear. Your child can bring in the stickers and/or cut-out labels and teachers will have a chart in their class to stick them onto.
If your child is going to be absent from school, please let the school office know before 9.00am on that morning.
To report your child being away please use the school app. Find the absence button then use the email function.
Please let us know why your child is sick so we can track the illness, especially if it is covid or the tummy bug.
If we cannot make contact with you or receive notification, truancy will be called.
MOBILE PHONES AT SCHOOL
GMS SCHOOL APP
This is how we communicate with the school community any importmant messages or reminders.