FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
This week’s newsletter comprises a report from one of our classroom teachers Joanna Simpson Room 14, year 4 who volunteered in Uganda over the summer break. She asked to share her experience with us…
At the edge of the Bwindi impenetrable forest, where the lush green jungle, home to the mountain gorillas, gradually merged with the patchwork of subsistence food crops of the local Bakiga people, was the lodge that I called home during the Christmas holidays.
At the start of January, after a ten hour drive from Kampala, of which 2 hours was along a bumpy, pothole ridden road, where a red dust sept through every tiny crevice in the van, I arrived at the Limited Resource Teacher Training (LRTT) headquarters in Kanungu, Uganda.
LRTT, is a global movement whose vision is for a world in which all teachers are empowered to unlock the full potential of every child. It started in Uganda in 2011 and is now in 11 countries.
Working with the most recent intake of LRTT volunteer teachers, I spent my summer break far from the luxuries of western society. In pairs, working alongside two trained Ugandan lead teachers, we were organising and presenting workshops to 20 Ugandan teachers. From 20 something to 82 years of age, from primary through to secondary, from second year teaching to school principal, from history to science to maths to literacy, these teachers all had the same desire to provide the best education possible for their children.
Instead of using their summer break time to prepare their earth for the next seasons crops, they were traveling long distances for the opportunity to improve their teaching skills to better educate and improve the lives of the next generation. What an amazing, humbling, enlightening, motivating, empowering experience it was. Sharing knowledge with, learning from, laughing, eating, dancing, singing with such a special inspiring, group of educators. All of us with one goal in common, a brighter future for the children.
Due to it being the summer break the schools were closed, but was when we visited the empty classrooms of a local school that the reality struck. A dirt floor, a corrugated iron roof, no ceiling, a black board and absolutely no resources, NOTHING!!! However skilled the teachers are, without the basics, books to read, textbooks for information, access through the internet to outside world and the knowledge and information that we take for granted they have huge obstacles to climb, barriers to break down, challenges to overcome.
Rather than ‘a drop in the ocean’, I prefer to think of my time in Uganda as part of a global movement and arriving home I am still feel very much part of that movement. As to what my next steps will be I have not decided yet. I do know there will be many more steps on my journey working with a group of educators wanting to make a better and brighter future for the children.
Finally a big sincere thank you to all of you that made this experience possible with your generous donations and kind, supportive words and actions.
“He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata. Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure.”
THIS WEEK’S REMINDERS
Swimming Zones Competition tomorrow Tuesday 27 February
please refer to your permission letter for more details in regards to spectators
Matauranga Senior School Assembly this Friday 2 March – led by room 26
MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE
Casual Position Available – Relieving Caretaker/Gardener/Handy Person
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mathletics/Reading Eggs School Subscriptions
We ask that you please make sure the $50 fee for your child’s 2018 school subscription is settled by the end of this school week. Thank you.
YEAR 4 – 6 STUDENTS GOAL SETTING BOOKING INFORMATION
Goal Setting Conferences are scheduled for the following times for students in years 4 – 6 only.
Tuesday 13 March 7:30am – 8:30am
Tuesday 13 March 3:15pm – 8pm
Thursday 15 March 7:30am – 8:30am
Thursday 15 March 3:15pm – 6pm
Bookings can be made on the following website
www.schoolinterviews.co.nz (open for bookings from 9am Thursday 1 March only)
unique school code: hnjyn (all lower case)
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
Not all teachers are available for the morning sessions.
Children in years 1 – 3 have their Conferences at the time of either their ‘Anniversary’ or ‘Mid Anniversary’ report. A letter will come home at this time so you can liaise directly with the classroom teacher to book an interview time that suits.
Year 1 – 3 teachers are not open for anniversary report bookings on this website.
If you have any queries please contact Karen in the school office on 6388829 ext 704 or email@example.com
FOR YOUR DIARIES (Please check regularly as dates and times can change. Any updates in red will be highlighted)
Term 1 (please check the school website calendar, notices coming home for more details on upcoming activities and events)
- Students Goal Setting Conferences (year 4 – 6 students only) – Tuesday 13 March and Thursday 15 March
- Class/Individual Photo Day – Wednesday 14 March
- School Closed – Good Friday 30 March, Easter Monday 2 April and Easter Tuesday 3 April
Term 1 Sports Zones Dates (please note this is for teams of selected students only)
- Swimming – Tuesday 27 February. 9am – 1pm
- Cricket – Tuesday 13 March. Save Day – Thursday 15 March
- Touch – Thursday 5 April
Term 1 Assembly Timetable (Assemblies start at 2pm. Please note there will be limited room for parents and caregivers at whole school assemblies if they are held in the school hall)
- Friday 16 February – Whanake Junior School led by rooms 3 and 6
- Friday 23 February – Waipuna Middle School led by rooms 15 and 16
- Friday 2 March – Matauranga Senior School led by room 26
- Friday 9 March – Maungawhau Whole School led by room 25
- Friday 16 March – Whanake Junior School led by rooms 7 and 9
- Friday 23 March – Waipuna Middle School led by rooms 13 and 14
- Thursday March 29 – Matauranga Senior School led by senior habitat (rooms 11 and 12)
- Friday 6 April – NO assembly
- Friday 13 April – Maungawhau Whole School – led by room 27
TERM 1 BOT MEETING DATES
Meetings are held in the school staffroom and start at 5:30pm.
- Thursday 22 February
- Thursday 29 March
CLASSIFIED ADS & UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
Part-time Accounting Job
Busy period is Jan to August approx 20hrs per week then about 10-15 hrs rest of the year.
Great role as very flexible hours and work from home. The role is very varied as performing all accounting processes to trial balance. Experience with Xero helpful but not essential.
If you would like to know more details about the job happy to chat otherwise submit your CV to Three Kings Football club – firstname.lastname@example.org
09 623 0227 or 0210 490 820
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