School Newsletter- 02 June

Endeavour School - June 2nd, 2022

Principal's Message


Kia ora Families, Caregivers and Children,


Every now and then I find myself in conversations that evolve and end up being rather deep, unintentionally. This was the case last weekend when I was chatting with a good friend and we ended up in a discussion about systems, from business eco systems to wider societal systems, inclusive of the educational one. When you discuss such topics it is always interesting the holes that can be established, the ways in which you feel the system could be better, whether it be an efficiency improvement, holistic improvement, logistic and/or financial. With the intent of such improvements leading to a system that better serves the people it is trying to serve.


However, while having these discussions, we must ultimately acknowledge that we are often part of the system and therefore, part of the solution. The education system is a big one and by no means perfect. Here at Endeavour School I have been more and more encouraged by the way in which we value self review, look for ways to improve the mechanics of our micro systems to ensure better outcomes for children each day. Outcomes that include, but are not exclusive to academic success, better understanding about themselves, other people, their impact and wider concepts that influence their thinking. Our team are not waiting, standing by or searching for perfection, but rather finding ways in which our input can better the lives of the young people and whaanau that are a part of our learning community.


Below I would like to share with you a blog post from Seth Godin.


"Why would we want to wait until someone is perfect before we give them a chance to make things better?

Each of us is part of a system, cogs in a process that rewards us for certain actions based on various inputs.

When the system is broken, some of the most highly leveraged, aware and insightful people notice. And of course, since they’re part of the system, they’ve been affected by it.

These are ideal qualifications to speak up and make the system better.

One way the status quo stays in charge is by encouraging people to stand by in silence, fearful of being called out for hypocrisy."


Over the past week the rain has certainly tempered some of our everyday activity here at school and while for many of us it is welcomed (farmers and garden lovers alike), you still feel that little bit of disappointment when it gets in the way of the activities we enjoy. Today, that event was Cross Country. Nevertheless there often is a Plan B and we very much hope to hold this event next Thursday 9th June, using the same format.


Finally, I would like to wish you all a restful long weekend with friends and family and I look forward to seeing you again out the front of our school on Tuesday 7th June.


Warm Regards


Geoff

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Hero Posts - Parent / Teacher Learning Conversations.

In Week 10, on the 6th and 7th July we will be hosting our Hero Post - Parent / Teacher Learning Conversations after school from 3.15pm.


These conversations are designed to support you as parents / caregivers to help 'close the loop' on any queries you may have as a result of the Celebrating Learning Posts that are being sent out via HERO. You can expect to receive these learning posts anytime between now and Week 9, Thursday 30th June. In addition, on Thursday 30th June your child's Progress Graphs will also go live via HERO and we will send out a notification reminding you.


Your Child's Literacy Teacher will be in contact Week 7 with details around how to book online.


For now, please simply save the dates Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July.

Upcoming Events

  • 03 June - Teacher Only Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 06 June - Queens Birthday Public Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 08 June - Whaanau Open Afternoon - 2.00 - 3.00pm
  • 20 June - BOT Meeting - 6.00pm
  • 23 June - Matariki Celebration - Whaanau Welcome
  • 24 June - Matariki Public Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 28 June - Friends of Endeavour PTA Meeting - 7.00pm
  • 06 and 07 July - HERO Posts - Parent / Teacher Learning Conversations
  • 08 July - Fun Run

2022 Term Dates

Term Two: Monday 2nd of May 2022 - Friday 8th July 2022

Term Three: Monday 25th July 2022 - Friday 30th September 2022

Term Four: Monday 17th October 2022 - Friday 16th December 2022

Administration

Winter Driving Campaign around Schools

In the winter months we see an increase in congestion around our school during drop off and pick up time. Thank you to the families who display good transport choices while collecting students already, below are some tips/ideas of how you can help our school in the busy afternoon period


  • Make a plan with your children and ensure they are equipped with winter clothing
  • Allow children to walk / bike / scooter if you live close enough to school
  • Park away from the busy school gates and have your children meet you there every day (especially senior students)
  • Arriving 5 or 10mins after the bell to collect students


A reminder also that it is illegal to park on yellow lines and in front of driveways. We have received complaints from our community recently about dangerous and inconsiderate parking around the school. Please be a role model to our students and demonstrate safe parking and road safety.

Winter Rain Jacket

Winter is setting in and the wet weather has arrived. Purchase a school jacket for your child/ren from the Online School Shop today!


  • 110g 100% Taslon Polyester
  • Full Zip with storm flap
  • Side Pockets with zips
  • Fleece lined
  • Shock cord hem & Velcro Cuffs
  • $75 each.


Sizes are available to try on in the school office

2022 Board Of Trustee Elections

Our next Board of Trustee (BOT) election is coming up this September. More information about this election will be sent out in the coming weeks, but if you think you might be interested in joining our BOT or would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact Geoff on principal@endeavour.school.nz or Karin Adams (BOT Chair) on karin.adams@endeavour.school.nz.

Whats Been Happening?

Pink Shirt Day

Endeavour School participated in Pink Shirt Day on Friday the 20th of May. It was great to see our Endeavour Citizens all dressed up in their pink gear and standing together to stop bullying! We are proud to announce that Endeavour School raised a total of $518.60 which has been donated to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Cold wet weather means soup making in LC2! Made from the vegetables grown in our front garden!

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Build Me in LC4

During Build Me this term in LC4 we have been:


“Using recyclable items to build sea creatures, so people are aware of not polluting the entire ocean. We used cardboard, plastic - recyclable materials". - Kysen


“We have been learning about sketching techniques and we also have been learning about different types of shades (toning)” - Olivia


“We have been practising how to make patterns with the clay, we made a sculpture of a pet and a human. We used tools and our fingers to shape the clay.” - Ayda

Amazing Work From LC5

Savanna's Story

On The Weekend


On the weekend I went to Timezone with my dad. On my mum’s card we had 274 tickets for playing games. In one of the games we had to use guns to shoot fish and then the fish died. We made them come alive again. On my dad’s card we had 4 tickets.


After Timezone we went to the library. We needed a code for the touchscreen device. We watched Tiktok videos. Dad gave me a jacket covered in pictures.


Next mum took Dad home and we had dinner.

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In LC5 we have been creating artwork inspired by Pablo Picasso. Our aim was to try make our art a little bit crazy like his work!

Friends of Endeavour PTA

A big thank you to everyone that supported our Cookie Day!


Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday the 28th of June at 7pm. These are held in the school in the staffroom and all are welcome to attend! We hope to see you there!

Community Notices

All Smilez Art School

End of term after school trial classes and school holiday art workshops.

Specialising in drawing and painting.

Chartwell studio.

Primary trained Teacher, Kim Garside


All details listed on www.allsmilez.com/trials
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Soccer United Football Supplies is Hamilton’s newest soccer store – determined to meet all your soccer requirements. We are located at 137 Alexandra st (very close to Garden place). We hold heaps of kids boots, shinpads and footballs and other training equipment. We hold a lot of Northern United shorts and socks as well. If you do pop into the shop use the secret code ‘Mr Booth likes soccer more than rugby’ and get a discount off your purchase. Check us out online and facebook and we hope to see you soon.”

Soccerunited.co.nz 07 5950700