Dear Parents, Caregivers and Children,
Welcome to what will be our final School Newsletter for 2018 (as bizarre as that sounds). Over the past couple of weeks our team have been writing reports that summarise the progress and achievement for you with your child's year of learning. While this is a substantial task it is a very rewarding one for our team as they get to acknowledge the successes for each child. Having conversations with our teachers of late they have really enjoyed not having to label children's achievement as we have in the past few years and in turn, our children are not having to see themselves as being labelled, but more how they are progressing within the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC).
In addition, myself along with Katherine and Nyree have enjoyed looking through our end of year data results and take enormous comfort with how our children have progressed throughout the year. Across the school we have 94% succeeding or exceeding within the NZC for Reading, 94% succeeding or exceeding within the NZC for Writing and 95% succeeding or exceeding within the NZC for Mathematics. While these three learning areas do not reflect the breadth of our curriculum it demonstrates that as we ensure our learning programmes encompass all learning areas from P.E and Health to the Arts, the Core learning areas of English and Mathematics are complimented by their inclusion rather than compromised.
Next week we have our Term 4 Student Led Conferences. These conferences are another excellent opportunity for you to come in and share in the learning that your child has been doing over the last couple of terms. Please take the time to book a slot using the www.schoolinterviews.co.nz website. Our code is: 43eqn. We will be asking for an early pick up (1.45pm) if possible on the Thursday as our teachers will be involved in conferences from 2.00pm onwards. Thank you for your support with this.
While my opening sentence may give the impression things here at school are on the wind down, you will notice that it is quite the opposite. So please take the time to read through the many events and key dates that are left until the end of the year.
Finally, thank you to you all for your committment to your children and ongoing support of us a partner in their growth. I look forward to seeing you over the next couple weeks at the many events we have planned.
School closes at 12 noon on Friday 14th December. The bus will leave school at 12 o'clock.
Chilrdren will get the chance to go and visit their new learning space and meet their guardian teacher for next year in the morning. Lists will be up in the PAC on Friday morning.
The PTA are planning a Christmas Raffle and any donations of non-perishable items would be very welcome. Please drop them off at the School Office.
Tickets will go on sale at the School Office tomorrow, $2 per ticket or 3 for $5 with the winner drawn at the Family Picnic on Friday 7th December.
The school pool is available for school community use during the summer months (December – March). Keys are available for family members on a first come first served basis. Only 20 keys will be issued.
If you would like to purchase a key please come into the school office and complete a "Pool Use Contract" Each key costs $70.00, payable by cash or internet banking.
2019 Term dates
Starts Monday 4th February Ends Friday 12th April
Starts Monday 29th April Ends Friday 5th July
Starts: Monday 22nd July Ends Friday 27th September
Starts Monday 14th October Ends Wednesday 18th December
Christmas Trust - Hamilton City Council Events
Christmas Tree -Christmas Tree lighting
On Wednesday the 19th of December we are holding an event at The Base, Hamilton called ‘Everyday Heroes’ where we collate a large number of agencies and services involved in keeping our communities safe, and bring them together for an interactive day for our youth and their families.
There will be loads of giveaway’s and things to do for all ages.
More info on the event can be found here.
For more information about the expressway go to.