Newsletter - Term 3, Week 1

Friday, 29th July 2022


Kia ora koutou,

Student Conferences

In a couple of weeks you will get an opportunity to meet with your child's class teacher to discuss the progress that has been made over the past two terms. This is a time to share what learning has taken place in the classroom and students sharing their goals and next steps. Please go on and book a time with your child's teacher. There will also be an opportunity to clarify anything you were unsure of with your child's mid year report.

Looking to 90%

As I have mentioned in previous newsletters the Ministry of Education have set a new Attendance and Engagement Strategy - aiming to have students attending school regularly (defined as attending school 9 out of 10 days). Whilst the timing of bringing this new strategy out could have been better (considering this has been a problem for the past 10 years) schools have been required to be responsive with its actions.

When looking at our mid year student achievement information for reading, writing and mathematics we have seen some very good progress being made by students. Those students who have attended school regularly over the past 6 months have made greater progress than those who have had an attendance rate of 80% or less.

Hopefully, over the next term we will see our attendance rates increase to the levels that we would expect to see. We will be continuing to identify families that need support with regular attendance through our Check in, Check out program.

Nga mihi,

Simon Bell

School Office

Julie will be on sick leave for the next couple of months. Office hours will be from 8.30-9am and 2-3pm emails and phone messages will be cleared during the day.

Completed Tau Cards this week

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School Conferences

These Student Led Conferences will be happening on:

Monday 15th August - 3.15pm - 6pm

Tuesday 16th August - 1pm - 6.30pm

Children are to come to these interviews.

Please click on the school interviews button below to book your times.


Classroom happenings....

Room 9

Today students in Room 9 were entertaining some people from the community. It is part of their leadership and Graduating Tau work. They shared stories, morning tea and friendship.

Room 4

Reading Plays

Room 6

What a fast first week back at school! We have been learning about how we can mix the primary colours (blue, yellow and red) to make the secondary colours. The children have had some great discussions around colour and have painted some unique birds this week. We look forward to showing these off at the up and coming conferences.

School Board Elections

Nominations close for the Board Elections Wednesday 3rd August at 12pm.

Scholastic Book Club

If you wish to know more about the Scholastic Book Club and how to order click on the link below.

The school receives a percentage of all orders and this goes towards books for our Library.

School Bank Account Details

Below is the school bank details which is our preferred payment method.

There is also eftpos available at the office.

Westpac: 03 1748 0003820 00


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