Living and Learning with Respect
Wednesday 21 November
Mindcraft the Musical
Rehearsals of our school production are well underway with our matinee performance on Thursday 6th Nov at 11.30am and evening performance on Thursday 6th Nov at 7pm.
Tickets will go on sale next Wednesday - $5.
Synopsis of 'Mindcraft the Musical' Copyright 2017. R.Sutherland. takeabowproductions.org
“Journey with our modern family (and the dog) on their emotional adventure, being sucked into the cyber world of 'Minecraft' by the evil Ender Dragon.
Will the family have the will power to wake up from the Dragon's hypnotic powers of online addiction and harmful media messages, in time to escape their digital dungeon, mend broken relationships and find hope and happiness back in reality?”
Come along and find out!
All children will be involved in the production - acting, dancing or back stage. Our main actors are from the senior rooms with children from other rooms making appearances as puppets, zombie children, villagers, witches, dogs or other Minecraft characters.
Thank you to those who have helped with painting of props to date. Still plenty to do - see Mrs Andrews if you are able to help.
Practices are continuing at school this week. The whole school will be practicing at the Eltham Town Hall on Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th Dec. and will be traveling by bus to and from the Hall. Buses will also be used to transport children to and from the Hall on Thursday for the matinee performance. There will be a cost for buses, to be advised.
Classes for 2019
Schools are funded for teachers based on the numbers of children that we predict will be in our school in any given year. In very simple terms the funding model is:
1 teacher to 18 children new entrant
1 teacher to 24 children Year 1 - 4
1 teacher to 29 children Year 5 - 8
Schools are then given their total staffing allocation from the Ministry of Education.
Schools need to then look at that allocation, work out how many children in each year group and try and match the total staffing allocation to the children we have in our school. This is not an easy process.We are fortunate to have a 7th teacher for 2019 which has allowed us to keep our numbers small in our Junior Rooms but does not allow a teacher for each Year level, so decisions have needed to be made as to best combinations within those 7 rooms.
Please be respectful of the effort we, as a staff have put in to the placement of your child for the coming year.
Keys are available through the office for $50. If you already have a key and wish to keep it for the summer please advise Jenny asap. It is a costly exercise for the Board to keep the pool open for the summer so we value your honesty re key usage and payment.
Community Feedback Survey
Getting ready for School
The 'Fab at 4' Wednesday morning sessions are proving successful in Mahana Room with prospective new entrant children coming in to begin to get the feel of school life.The second session of the 'Ready Steady School' meetings is tomorrow (Thursday) 9am in the library.
If you are reading this and have a 4 year old due to start school in 2019 see Mrs Andrews to find out more.
Rm 1 & 2 - something 'Christmassy'
Rm 3 & 4 - a tin of something
Rm 5 & 6 - a packet of something
Rm 7 - a bottle of something
It will be drawn on 13th December following the Prize Giving assembly.
- Kiley & Danny Perrett for donating their calf shed sawdust for our garden area.
- Jackie Taunt for the stable cleanings also for the garden area.
- Raylee Blair for a generous donation of a number of 'Ridgeline' tops and hats for fundraising purposes.
End of Year Prize Giving
Dates for the Diary
27 Nov Stratford High School Orientation 9am -11am (Yr 8)
30 Nov Tough Kids (Yr 8) New Plymouth
4 / 5 Dec Production practice (Eltham Town Hall)
6 Dec Matinee / Evening performance School Production
11 Dec End of Year Reports home
12 Dec Helpers' Morning Tea
13 Dec Prize Giving (Stratford High School Hall) 7pm
14 Dec 'Big Day In' End of Year Celebration Day