FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Tena koutou tena koutou, tena koutou katoa
Welcome back to another school year, and a special welcome to our new staff (Aneil Ganda, Ajita Goh, Stephanie Wang, Heath Lewzey, Michael Fenner, Avalon Hermans (classroom teachers) and Cecile Harre (learning support). We also warmly welcome new families to our school community. As you can see over the long break we have completed some important projects at our school, namely, the school being repainted, which we are especially pleased to see and a fire/alarm system upgrade. It is great to start the school year with our school looking smart.
Over the summer break Nicola Sheehy, who has taught at our school for the last six years, was appointed as an educator at the Auckland Zoo. Rather than Nicola disrupt her year 5/6 class, we released her immediately and have appointed Merrilyn Drummond who joined our school in term four of 2018, to teach Nicola’s class for 2019. We thank Nicola for her time at our school and wish her all the best in her new role.
Please support us as a school as we strive to get all students wearing a hat when outside, as this is important. School hats are only $10 (without toggle) or $15 (with toggle) and are able to be personalised e.g. name embroidered on, and a necktie added. Please also support our student safety by parking legally when dropping off and/or collecting your children. At 3pm, in particular, we do notice some disappointing behaviour in terms of attitudes towards our parent and student volunteers on road patrol and illegal parking.
Below shows the school organisation for 2019
Next Wednesday 13 February is our beginning of the year, meet your child’s teacher session. This starts at 5pm on our school field, with the three different syndicates meeting at three separate times to allow for families with more than one child at our school, to hopefully meet all of their children’s teachers. Our organisation is as follows:
5.30pm the Whanake Junior session starts (years 1 & 2, rooms 1-10)
6.00pm the Waipuna Middle session starts (years 3 & 4) rooms 13-17 and rooms 22 and 23
6.30pm the Matauranga Senior session starts (years 5 & 6) rooms 19/20, and rooms 24 -28)
A reminder that this is a chance to find out where your child’s class is, meet your child’s teacher and hear about the programme for 2019. This is not an opportunity for individual parent/teacher meetings. If you require one of these, please make an appointment directly with the classroom teacher, by email. I look forward to seeing you at this event.
As programmes get underway, teachers begin advertising in our school day sheet for various clubs offered during our two break times each day. Please remind your children that this is the time to sign up for new opportunities.
There will be a powhiri for new staff, students and their parents at school on Friday 22 February commencing at 9am. This will be followed by a new parents session with myself starting at approximately 9.45am. Apologies that this formal welcome is occurring in week 3, however, we need to prepare our students for this occasion and work in with our Kaumatua. New families to our school will receive a separate invitation to this event.
A reminder that the school is closed this Wednesday 6 February to celebrate Waitangi Day.
Finally, thank you for sending your children refreshed, and organised for another busy school year. Here’s to a great first week.
Have a great week,
2019 School Term Dates – Please click here for the 2019 school term dates.
Change of Clothes – Please ensure your child has a spare change of clothes packed daily, especially for our Whanake Junior School students and or those prone to accidents.
Late to School, Student Absences – A reminder that the school day starts at 8:50am. If your child arrives after this time they must sign in at the school office before heading to class, please. To report your child’s absence you can do this via the school website, by phone or email. If emailing the teacher please ensure you copy in the office (email@example.com). If you intend on taking your child out of school during term time please direct this to our Principal (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dates for Your Diaries – Class Activities/Trips, Assembly Timetables, Zones Dates will all follow in a separate communication over the coming days.
2019 School Fees – Invoices will be emailed over the next week once activity fees have been finalised.
TERM 1 BOT MEETING DATES
Meetings are held in the school staffroom and start at 5:30pm.
- Thursday 28 February
- Thursday 28 March
CLASSIFIED ADS & UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
Maungawhau Sustainable Stationery
Tired of seeing half used school books sitting around home?
Found colouring pencils that aren’t needed in your child’s class this year?
Want them to go somewhere useful?……
We would love donations of unused and partly used school stationery. This includes pens, pencils, colouring in pencils, glue sticks, exercise books, folders etc. Please drop off at the “Sustainable Stationery” box in the school office during school hours by 8th February. The stationery will be tidied up and names will be removed/covered.
Firstly we will ensure children in our own community are taken care of and then items will be sent to a local primary school with children in need of these items.
FOMS (Friends of Maungawhau School)
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.
* 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 thinking
What 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 Centre
Sessions will be held on Wednesdays after school from 3:15pm – 4:15pm starting Wednesday 6 February 2019. The last session will be held on Wed 10 April 2019. There are a total of 10 sessions.
Class Fee: $125 for the term/student.
If your child would like to be part of this for Term 1 please visit our website:
It 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.
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