Newsletter No. 3 March 3, 2023
Tēnā koutou katoa. Tēnei te mihi atu ki a koutou.
And just like that we are halfway through the term! Over the last two weeks we have had a massive number of events happening at school and so it's only right to start the newsletter with a bit of gratitude and a HUGE thank you to our staff and parents who have been involved in making these events happen. These events have included; Te Onepoto and Awaroa Triathlon, Rapanui’s Cultural Narrative walk to Rapanui (Shag Rock) and Tuawera’s visit to Tuawera (Cave Rock), Swimming Sports for Awaroa, Te Onepoto and Tuawera, Rapanui’s Splash and Dash, Te Onepoto Korfball and our whole school Top Team day… Phew! Make sure you have a Sneak Peek (below) with our Media Team to see everything else that has been happening.
As always, please keep an eye on our Calendar of Events (available on the App and the website) as the next few weeks don’t show any signs of slowing down!
Many thanks to you all for your support of our non-school uniform day last Friday in support of schools affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. All money raised will be collated into a fund raised by Canterbury primary schools and be made available to North Islands schools in need. There is a special message below from our School Student Leaders with our fundraising total.
Spotlight on 2022 Board Survey Results… Many thanks to those of you who took the time to respond to our Board Survey during Term 4. We received a very small number of responses, but nonetheless the feedback we received was useful. A summary of the results can be found here.
Spotlight on Māori Whānau Hui… Tēnā koutou e ngā whānau o te kura. Nāia taku mihi ki a koe. We will be holding our annual Māori whānau hui from 5-6pm on 15 March. You are warmly invited to join Andrew Daniels, Belinda Dryden and me for Kōrero and kai to discuss your aspirations for your tamariki and support the kaupapa for our ākonga whānau rōpu in 2023. Please see the flyer below for more information.
Spotlight on learning… Learning programmes for the year are now well underway. Teams will be sharing weekly updates about what has been taught and what the next focus will be through their weekly Pito Pito Kōrero that will continue to be sent home via the App on Friday afternoons. Please also save the date for a special open afternoon on Wednesday 5 April when Rapanui, Tuawera and Te Onepoto will have learning spaces open to share all that has happened over the term. Please note that Awaroa will be away on camp and so won’t be involved this time.
During the Board Meeting earlier this week we shared a report regarding reflections on the learning we covered in Term 4 last year.. This learning centred around our Health Curriculum and included visits from Life Education, the Fire and Emergency NZ, Cycle Safe and Te Onepoto’s visit to camp. Have a read here about all that was covered here.
And finally… Some exciting baby news! Te Onepoto teacher Kim Wilson and her husband Steven welcomed baby Noah last Friday. I know you will join me in sending our love and best wishes to them all - we are very much looking forward to meeting the newest addition to our school whānau!
Have a wonderful weekend with your whānau!
A message from our Student School Leaders...
Mrs Vine Sports Co-ordinator Report - Triathlon
On Monday 20th 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. This event involves students swimming, biking and running. It was great to see everyone participating in this event and showing the Character Strengths of teamwork and perseverance. Well done to all our Years 5-8 ākonga, what an amazing effort from everyone.
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 completed this event.
Mrs Vine Sports Co-ordinator Report - Swimming Sports
All of the Year 5 to 8 students took part in their annual swimming sports day, which was held on Wednesday 1st March. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this event. It was great to see so many of the students enter into an event, either a 25m to a 50m swimming stroke and an impressively large number of students in the Open Butterfly event this year. The following students placed in the school event:
Rapanui Top Team
Thanks to everyone who turned out for our AGM last month. It was great to see some new faces and a few old ones (that sounds wrong but you know what I mean). We have an exciting year of projects and events ahead.
Term 1: In the next couple of weeks we will launch our inaugural Easter Scavenger Hunt fundraiser. This will give kids and their whānau an opportunity to take a stroll around Sumner Village to discover the sights and experiences that make this place the best little beach suburb in the world. Delicious Easter themed prizes up for grabs for those who find all the items on the list.
Term 2: Hot dogs of course! We will also get in behind the school’s Matariki celebration and help the school council put on a disco.
Term 3: More hot dogs! Possibly another disco. And for the thespians there will be an opportunity to help the school with the biannual production.
Term 4: Sumner Spookers!! We are really excited about staging another Halloween party this year.
Our next meeting is Wednesday March 29th at 3pm. All parents are welcome to come along.
Te Onepoto Top Team
It's Christchurch Walk Wheel Week all next week!
We will be holding Walk and Wheel to school activities next week and we are encouraging all students to walk, ride or scooter to school on Wednesday 8th March. There are a few spot prizes to be won!
Join CCC's facebook event for daily posts and awesome giveaways, including a bike and scooter: https://www.facebook.com/events/506418897805146
Surf Life Saving Results
Over the last few weeks we have had a number of children competing in Surf Life Saving competitions including South Island Champions and the Oceans '23 Junior Nationals.
Huge congratulations to the following students:
South Island Championships
Sam Clark (Taylor’s Mistake) under 9 - 1st Overall
Lola Seipp (Sumner) under 10 - 1st Overall
Jacob Seipp (Sumner) under 12 - 1st Overall
Oceans ‘23 - Junior Nationals
Jacob Seipp (Sumner) - Under 12’s - 3 x 2nd Place - Run Swim Run, Surf Race and Diamond. Also made final in Board Race. 1x 2nd Place - Composite team relay mixed Beach sprint. 1x 3rd Place - Composite team relay Grand Cameron.
Jack Clark (Taylor’s Mistake)- Under 11’s. - 5th Place - Board Race. 8th Place - Diamond. Also made finals in Run Swim Run, Surf Race and Board Relay.
Holly Bryce (Sumner) and Jack Clark(Taylors Mistake) made a Composite club team to reach finals in Grand Cameron 11’s and 12’s.
Issy Strachan (Sumner) - Under 13- 9th Board Relay
Tuawera Cultural Narrative Walk
School Docs Review - Term One
Sumner School uses School Docs to review and update our policies and procedures. Each term, parents, staff and the Board have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on specific policies and procedures.
In 2023, all schools will review the Legislation and Administration section and the Curriculum and Student Achievement section (including EOTC and Learning Support).
In Term One, the review focus is on our Legislation and Administration Policy, which includes;
- Student Attendance
- Official Information Requests
- Uniform/Dress code
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.
Parent Support and Information Workshops - Term One
Sumner Redcliffs Netball Club Registration
Registrations are now open for the 2023 netball season. Please click on this link for the registration form.
Trial Date: Sunday 5th March
Year 8: 9.30 am to 10.30 am
Year 7: 10.30 am to 11.30 pm
Year 6: 11.30 am to 12.30 pm
Year 5: 1.00pm
Year 3 & 4: Monday 6th March at Sumner School - catch up and give information
Uniform Day: Saturday 25th March
SurfKids - Junior Surfing Programme
Learn the skills of Surfing in a fun, safe environment. All equipment provided and professional instruction from Aaron Lock and team. For kids 8 - 14 years.
Sundays 10am to 12pm.
Cost $35 per day or $160 for five lessons. Bookings essential.
Call Aaron on 0800 80 SURF (7873) or register online at www.surfcoach.co.nz/book
The Brad Richards Building Sea2Sky Challenge is coming up on 12 March at Scarborough. There is a triathlon or duathlon option for 10-12 year olds or a swim(wade) / run event for 5-9 year olds along with plenty of triathlon, duathlon and trail run events for parents.
If you enter using the promo code sumnerschool you receive a 10% discount along with being in with a chance to win a free entry for next year (or a refund on this years event).
More details and entry at www.sea2skychallenge.com