Dear Parents, Caregiver and Children,
While many of us may have spent some of the week licking our wounds around Saturday's World Cup result, I would like to give you comfort that our children have not been and when we discussed the game on Tuesday Morning assembly, their wisdom and perspective around the game, the loss was to be proud of. Much of their response was around how it was good to spread it around, we should acknowledge how well England did, gives other players an opportunity etc... It was a very empathetic lens.
The wider lesson from this context was about talking through issues and frustrations, as well as introducing the idea of 'silver linings' and how in every situation we can take the opportunity to find good from it. While the cynic could suggest it is a 'Polyanna' approach to life it is also at times a very healthy approach. Talking through issues is always a positive way forward and must be part of our approach to dealing with them.
In all our lives we have various things happening at one time and with the well being of people an ongoing rich topic at the moment we must continue to support and promote the notion of talking through things, especially with our young people. Hearing their perspective and in turn providing perspective. Forming a way forward (a plan) and establishing the positive outcomes from each scenario is part of our role as the adults in their lives.
On November the 14th we are hosting a parent evening lead by Jenny Hale from Parent Place. This evening supports us with just that, building happy, confident, resilient children. This evening aims to support us with building the skills within our children to help them be and work through their own complications. As a dad I know how tempting it is to be the American Football defence player that tackles everyone out the way to help create a non contested pathway to try line for their team mate. However, the reality is that this method does not enable our children or empower them to make decisions and navigate their way through the, at times trivial issues they are faced with.
I would love for as many of you as possible to attend this evening. Please contact Christine in our office to secure your spot.
Thank you to the familes who have ordered calendars from Kids Art Works, these are currently being processed and will be sent home with your child when they are ready.
If you have missed out on ordering calendars a late order is now open online at www.kidsartworks.co.nz this will close at 9am on Monday 1th November
Puketaha School is hosting a free Parenting Place Workshop
"Raising Happy, Confident & Resilient Children" Workshop
being held tonight in the PAC
Thursday 14th November
6-6.30 - 8pm
The children have been attending dance lessons this term, a parent performance is planned for the end of the term. There is a cost associated with this programme that has been added to your child's school account. If you have not already done so please pay this via Kindo.
Last week our Ropu Kakano children had a visit from 'Firewise" the Fire Service education programme. It was a good reminder to all of us to have a plan. The educator also mentioned that you can ask the Fire Fighters at Chartwell to assist you to install Smoke Alarms. If you don't have a smoke alarm get in contact with the Chartwell fire station 07 854 7941 and they can come and install a smoke alarm that has a 10 year battery for FREE.
Saturday Music Classes
Enrolments are open for Term Four 2019 at the Waikato Community School of Music (formerly Hamilton Community Centre of Music). The first session is on Saturday 19th October. The school caters for all ages (3 to retired) and ability levels. We offer both group-format and one-to-one tuition. Group-format term fees range from $39 to $99 (9 lessons in Term 1) depending on age and instrument. The enrolment fee for any instrument class includes unlimited participation in our ensembles. One-to-one classes assist students to prepare for exams and earn NCEA credits.
A music appreciation/readiness programme (Music Makers) is available from age 3. Young Voices children’s choir caters for those ages 9+. Classes are held on the University of Waikato campus in Hillcrest. Contact us via our website Waikato Community School of Music or on 07 838 4611.
Te Miro Mountain Bike Club Rides
Saturday 2 November - 14 December, Te Miro MTB Park, Waterworks Road, Te Miro. 9:45am Meet at Main Car Park - Rider briefing,
group sorting and tip of the week
10:00am - Group rides leave main car park, 12:00pm – Groups return to BBQ Area (depending on skill level you may return earlier). Ph/txt Linley A/H for more information – 0272 363 778. Please advise if your child has any special needs so that they can be grouped with extra adult support if required
31st October 6-8pm. Ruakura and North Campus Activate Chruch. Annual community ‘Light Party’ for kids aged up to 12 years. There’s a parents café, bouncy castles, balloon twisting, candy floss, sausage sizzle, games, and more.