FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Welcome to New Zealand Chinese Language Week.
New Zealand Chinese Language Week (23–29 September 2018) is an initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture. Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world and the number of people in the world learning Chinese is on the increase. 17% of Maungawhau School is now Chinese, so that it is appropriate that we celebrate this week.
Staff Leaving – All the best to Anita Hewett who is going to have a change from classroom teacher as a Resource Teacher of Behaviour and Learning (RTLB) based in the Massey Cluster. Thank you Anita for your hard work and dedication to your students at Maungawhau. Gillian Berry, who kindly stayed on until we found a replacement is having break from full time teaching and is going to relieve. Thank you Gillian for your time teaching in our junior school for the last few years. We trust you enjoy your break from full time teaching.
Sausage Sizzle – A huge thank you to the many parents who helped last Friday with the sausage sizzle trialling a completely new system, which was mostly successful. Your help was appreciated.
The end of term Board of Trustees newsletter is out tomorrow. Please take some time to read this. A huge thank you to our staff and families for another big term. I trust that everyone has time to recharge their batteries before we head into the final term for the school year. I look forward to seeing everyone at school refreshed and well on Monday 15 October.
Have a great week,
Dear Parents and Children of the Maungawhau School Community,
As most of you know by now, I am leaving Maungawhau School at the end of this term and I wanted to write a quick note of appreciation before I left.
Thank you to the parents for being so incredibly supportive of the children and our learning community in so many, many ways, from providing resources and ingredients to feeding the frogs; thank you also for being so incredibly appreciative of our work.
Thank you so much to my children for inspiring me, trusting me, and working so hard alongside me. I have learned so much and become a much better teacher because of you. I have truly loved coming to school each day.
Maungawhau School has changed enormously in the time that I have been here. I am so grateful for opportunities I have been given to stretch myself as a teacher and to improve my practice so much.
Thank you for having me as a part of your community.
If you’d like to keep in touch, I’d love to hear from you (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ngā mihi nui,
UPCOMING EVENT/ACTIVITY REMINDERS
White Elephant stall is looking for quality second hand goods to sell. Details below. Please note that there is only one week of drop offs this year, so please note the dates and the times. Please also note the exceptions. We appreciate you working with us and thanks in advance for your support.
JOLLY JOLLY JOLLY JARS!!!
This week your child will be bringing home a couple of plastic containers, kindly donated by McDonald’s Royal Oak.
Your mission is to fill these with all sorts of cool stuff: lollies, toys, supermarket freebies, or really go for it creatively and decorate your Jolly Jar into a reusable object (bird feeders/snow globes/xmas decorations) or make it a themed package like spa in a car or cake or cookie in a jar. Feel free to use other containers/pots/jars as well, however please keep the size to a minimum.
Be as IMAGINATIVE as you can and feel free to decorate the jar for that extra stand-out.
Bring them back to school after the holidays by THURSDAY 18th October, for a chance to win! And the class that has the MOST filled Jolly Jars will get a FREE McDonald’s lunch.
All the Jolly Jars will be on sale at the School Fair.
This year’s Garden Stall Team would love donations of strawberry plants and herbs up until the Friday before the school fair, please. Any contributions can be left outside the garage roller door. Thank you!
WHANAKE TEAM NEWS
A huge thanks to all the parents and family members who have assisted us with the Perceptual Motor Programme this year. Your help with the programme has ensured sessions have run smoothly and effectively with children gaining the full benefit of the activities to develop skills.
Next term only the Year 0 classes, Rooms 11, 12 and 18, will continue with PMP. This will be on Tuesdays. Times are as follows:
9am: Room 18
10am: Room 11
10.30am: Room 12
Next term, the Junior School will focus on developing athletics skills in preparation for our Junior Athletics Day. Please ensure your child wears suitable clothing on physical education days.
Whanake Team Leader
EAT MY LUNCH SCHOOLS CHALLENGE AT MAUNGAWHAU SCHOOL
The Maungawhau student action group have decided to support the Eat My Lunch Schools Challenge. Thanks to the support from the public the Eat My Lunch company has been able to provide over 950,000 lunches to kiwi kids in need and we would like to support them with their mission to provide the one-millionth free lunch.
Eat My Lunch is a company which was founded by Lisa King and Michael Meredith in 2015 to help alleviate the problem of child poverty in NZ. On average, 1 in 4 kiwi kids (25,000) go to school every day without lunch.
The Eat My Lunch motto is ‘Buy One, Give One.’ For every lunch that is purchased from the company, one lunch is provided to a child who would otherwise have gone without lunch. So for the cost of $10 a healthy nutritious lunch will be delivered to your child at school but at the same time, you will be making a difference to a kiwi child in need.
We encourage as many of you as possible to support the Eat My Lunch Day at Maungawhau School this Friday 28 September. Follow the instructions below on how to order your lunch through the Eat my lunch website https://www.eatmylunch.nz/
All lunch orders will need to be placed online by Wednesday 26 September.
We thank you for your support!
Ms Plaisier & the Maungawhau School Action Group
MESSAGES FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE
Tuanui Court Keys – Can all Maungawhau netball team managers please return their Tuanui court key to the office no later than this Friday 28 September. Thank you.
Lateness – A reminder that any student arriving after the 8:50am bell has gone that they need to sign in at the school office. If you know in advance that your child will be running late for school due to a medical appointment or similar please let the office and the classroom teacher know. Please then make sure when they arrive at school they sign in at the office, then go to class.
Term 3, Week 9
Top Student: Aditi Ravikumar from room 24 and Deepti Ravikumar from room 27 with 30,000 points each
Top Class: Room 27 with 62,008 points
FOR YOUR DIARIES
Term 3 (please check the school website calendar, notices coming home for more details/updates on upcoming activities and events
- Eat My Lunch Orders Due – Wednesday 26 September
- Community Movie Night – Thursday 27 September (Doors open at 8pm, Movie starts at 8:30pm Capitol Theatre)
- Eat My Lunch Day – Friday 28 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 28 September – Maungawhau Whole School – led by room 28
Term 3 menu available here
TERM 3 BOT MEETING DATES
Meetings are held in the school staffroom and start at 5:30pm.
- Wednesday 26 September (please note date change)
CLASSIFIED ADS & UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
Playing chess develops self-confidence, concentration and problem-solving skills.We are pleased to continue the Chess Coaching Programme at our school and look forward to bringing the excitement, competition and educational benefits of chess to your children.Why Chess?
* Improve concentration and focus* Develop important life skills – fair play and decision making* Tactical & Strategic thinking* Prepare for Chess Tournaments against other schools* Develop a love of chess, of learning and of thinkingWhat happens in a Chess Power Coaching Programme?
Each session starts with a formal lesson; all players will learn a new strategy, idea or skill each week. Then they put those skills into practice with activities and games. All games are monitored and supervised by the coach who provides individual feedback along the way.Throughout the programme, we reward kids that do well and encourage and support kids that are struggling. At completion of the programme we recognise each child with a certificate based on their performance.
Q Where can I learn more?
A Visit our website, www.chesspower.co.nz and click Parents CentreCLASS DETAILS
Sessions will be held on Wednesdays after school from 3:15pm to 4:15pm starting Wednesday 17 October 2018. The last session will be held on Wed 12 December 2018. There are a total of 9 sessions.
Class Fee: $125 for the term/student.REGISTRATION
If your child would like to be part of this for Term 3 please visit our website:
www.chesspower.co.nz/class-registrationIt is easy to register. Just choose your school and fill out the online form. A payment link will be available to you on the form. Choose the 10 sessions option. Payment can be made online by bank transfer or credit card via PayPal.
FANTASTIC DRAWING CLASSES for CHILDREN (age 5 – 12)
Also this Term 2018 ART SHOW
Realistic Drawing Skills for Kids J
Enroll Now !!! for Term 4
Thursday & Friday HERE at Maungawhau School. www.artacademy.co.nz
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