FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa
Last Wednesday and Thursday night our school production- ‘Cinderella and Rockerfella’ took place in the school hall, ably directed by our Room 25 teacher Robyn Bull. This panto-style musical, by Mark and Helen Johnson, provided the essential pantomime ingredients, with its ugly sister dames, rags to riches heroine, dashing prince and dust sprinkling fairy godmother. What a show it was with exceptional singing, standout costumes, marvellous humour and audience participation. The children did us proud as a school. They have had a wonderful opportunity bringing this show together with Robyn directing and passing on her wealth of knowledge of stagecraft and performance.
She was helped by the Senior Team. Eliot Hall did an amazing job on sound and lights as did Jaime Wilkinson operating a spotlight. Our Team Leader Ben Fahey designed the sets and organised the backstage crew. Olivia Burt taught some of the dance routines which were just delightful and Jennie Adlam ran the door. Nicola Sheehy was Assistant Director and helped Robyn with the singing practices and Paddy Raju was the Stage Manager and set painter. Thank you to the teachers and parents who ran the Green Room, applied makeup and tidied costumes-an intense job on the night.
A special thank you must go to our wardrobe mistress Kerry Johnston for the fabulous costumes and for the time taken on the detail of these. She has worked throughout the year collaboratively with Robyn and made the children feel so proud and look polished on stage. Thanks as well must go to the sewers – Jane Scott, Kirsty Wright and Sarah Allen. Robyn would like to thank Caitlin Roberts from Room 24 and her team for helping with the choreography.
Thanks to Stacey Vickers for taking these great photos of our children on the night shows. I overheard one child say “Do we get any ticket money for doing all this?” only to have another child quickly retort, “ No way, you do it for the love of the theatre!” Even though we have very tired show children this week, it was all worth it!
Staff News – My thanks to Lucy MacGinley and Samuel Dale for helping fill our receptionist role for term three of this term. Lucy tells me she has certainly gained a different insight into school, and Samuel has gained on the job First Aid skills. My thanks to both of you for your enthusiasm, and hard work over the last term. We have appointed Lauren Blanchard to fill this position for term four, whilst we re-think this position for 2018.
Our last New Entrant class for 2017 opens on the first day of term four. We welcome to Maungawhau School the new teacher in Room 6, Rosie Beaton-Mitchell. Mrs Mitchell has taught junior students in the UK and more recently has been a Head Kindergarten Teacher at the Ponsonby Kindergarten for the last three years. She has a B. Ed degree and a Dip of Teaching. We welcome her to our school community.
Kiwiana-athon – My thanks to the students who have already returned their Kiwiana-athon money to school. So far we have received $3 000. It would be great to have all money sent to school, by the end of this week.
My thanks to the year 6 students and their parents who have been on road patrol duty for all of terms 1, 2, and 3 this year. This has been a huge commitment, and one for which we are all grateful. Thank you for accepting this responsible job in our school, which occurs in all weather conditions. Our new road patrollers for 2018 will start their tenure, next term. Please support these students and their parents, by complying with road rules, at all times.
My thanks to our staff and students for an exciting term. Term three is traditionally busy, and this term has been no exception. Enjoy a well deserved break with your children. I trust that the spring weather, enables us all to finally rid ourselves of those winter bugs, and that we return refreshed to school on Monday 16 October.
THIS WEEK’S REMINDERS
‘Eat My Lunch’ day orders extended – now due by midnight Monday 25 September
Fair Countdown – 5 weeks to go!! Collecting this week – Delis and Preserves
please drop off any preserves you’ve made to the school office
Meeting for parents of Chinese Students tomorrow Tuesday 25 September
see school calendar for more details
Maungawhau Whole School Assembly this Friday 29 September led by room 20
Kiwiana-athon – money raised due by this Friday 29 September
please return directly to the school office
Lost property (located outside the junior school resource room) needs to be claimed by this Friday 29 September, please
all unclaimed property will be donated to a worthy charity at the end of term
WHANAKE TEAM NEWS
Out of our Inquiry this term and the information we learned on our trip, the Junior School is investigating ways they can put what they’ve learnt into an action. We are having an informal open morning on Thursday this week, 28 September, when you can drop into your child’s class between 8:30-9:30am and they will share the work they’ve done this term around our Inquiry focus, “We Need to Manage Our Waste Sustainability”.
Can you please have a good search for readers at home and return these to your child’s class so they can be returned to the reading room for the end of the term. Please keep these separate from the books being sent for the school fair.
- BAKING AND MAKING
If you have spare time in the school holidays please consider baking some cakes or loaves for the Cake stall, some sweets (eg Russian fudge) for the Sweet stall or you could do other baking for the Courtyard cafe. Items can be wrapped and stored in your freezer in an air tight container ready for defrosting ahead of Fair day.
- GARDEN STALL CALL OUT
– strawberry seedlings/plants
- LOLLY LEIS
FOR YOUR DIARIES (Please check regularly as dates and times can change. Any updates in red will be highlighted)
- ANI Entrance Test date – Monday 25 September. The test will be held at Maungawhau Primary School from 9-10:30am for fully enrolled students only for 2018.
- Meeting for Parents of Chinese Students – Tuesday 26 September: 9am – 10am or 2pm – 3pm in the school staffroom
- ‘Eat My Lunch’ Day – Wednesday 27 September. Extended Orders must be placed by midnight Monday 25 September
- Whanake Junior Inquiry Morning – Thursday 28 September: 8:30-9:30am in your child’s class
- Matauranga Senior School Inquiry Morning – Thursday 28 September: 8:30-10am in your child’s class
- Kiwiana-athon – Money raised due back to the school office by Friday 29 September
Term 3 Assembly Timetable (Assemblies start at 2pm. Please note there will be limited room for parents and caregivers at whole school assemblies)
- Friday 29 September – Maungawhau Whole School – led by room 20
TERM 3 BOT MEETING DATES
Meetings are held in the school staffroom and start at 5:30pm.
- Thursday 28 September
TERM 3 FOMS MEETING DATES
Meetings are held in the school staffroom and start at 7:30pm.
- Next Meeting TBC
CLASSIFIED ADS & UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
If you are keen to join in, please register your interest by emailing – email@example.com.
Open to any age group even if they are not a Maungawhau Student.
After School Programme of Mandarin and Chinese Culture
We are happy to announce that the Mandarin and Chinese Culture After School Program will continue to operate in the coming Term 4.
The program provides courses in Mandarin, Chinese classics, Chinese calligraphy & painting, and Chinese music. The teachers who deliver the lessons are all highly qualified with extensive teaching experience, and lots of smiles.
This amazing program will be run once a week, in Chinese native and non-native speaking group.
The details of programme are:
Time: 3:30 -5:30 pm
Monday (Chinese Native Speaking group)
Monday (Non-Chinese Native Speaking group)
Room 18 (Chinese Native Speaking group)
The room of Non-Chinese Native Speaking group will be informed later.
Our friendly teacher will pick up our students outside of the staffroom around 3:15pm. The parents will pick up children at 5:30pm from room 18
For more information about our programme please contact us.
- Renee Huang
Ph: 021 0788549
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Run, Jump, Throw…Smile!
Come along and “Try Athletics” at Roskill South Athletic Club’s free afternoon of fun.
Your chance to see what benefit athletics can be to get active, prepare for you school athletics days, meet new friends and above all have fun.
If you want to join the club, registrations can be taken on the day or online via our website www.roskillathletics.com
When: Sunday 15 October 1pm to 3pm
Where: Margaret Griffen Park, Griffen Park Rd, Lynfield
The purpose of this family day is to make farming and outdoor recreation accessible to all Aucklander’s – it’s a fun community event, which connects city people with country life.
The day is filled with farming and recreational displays, demonstrations and activities, such as, wood chopping, sheep shearing, butter and felt making, farm animal petting and feeding, stage entertainment, vintage tractor displays, pony rides, sheepdog display, sack races, hay bale rolling, gumboot throwing, and more.
One of 25 regional parks managed by the Auckland Council, Ambury Regional Park is a working farm with a variety of cattle and sheep as well as pet lambs, goats, chickens, pigs, horses, turkeys, rabbits, and peacocks.
* Dogs are not permitted at Ambury Regional Park because of the threat to native birds and farm animals.
Fancy riding a pony, watching sheep shearing and cow milking, riding on a tractor, feeding a lamb or tossing a gumboot? Come along and enjoy some traditional country fun at the Auckland Council’s annual Ambury Farm Day. The day brings a touch of country to the big smoke.
Further information and updates will be on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1879438202332381/
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