Kia ora te whanau o Te Kura a Rohe o Whaingaroa

Congratulations to all of those students who through their social action programme made such a significant and appreciated contribution to the Raglan Food Bank. This was an outstanding effort from these students and their teacher Naomi and thanks also to all of those who contributed.

Te Wiki of Te Reo celebrations and the presentation of waiata and kapahaka to parents on Wednesday was thoroughly enjoyable and we had a lot of positive feedback. The following spontaneous event evidenced that this ought to become a regular feature and was again enjoyed by all. This provides a platform for further events and I would like to acknowledge those students who participated at such short notice. To do so is a credit to them.

The two new year nine classrooms will be in action for term four and we are very excited by the new spaces and the international sized basketball court. We will now look to upgrade the backboards to full size to compliment the new courts.

The school tuck shop is currently being upgraded to meet the new health and safety codes for food preparation and distribution and the inspector was in yesterday to give advice. Marie Harris has accepted the position of manager for the tuck shop and is currently preparing licenses and systems and hopes to have the tuckshop available to students for next term.

I said bring raincoats but of course you would have needed full winter wet weather gear if we had gone ahead with the working bee so it was postponed on good advice to Saturday 30th September which is the first day of the school holidays. That will be useful as unfinished work can then be continued into the break. I hope you have not been put off and are able to help us again on the 30th…….its going to be a beautiful day!

Friday the 29th September is a Teacher Only Day and the beginning of our refresher programme on restorative practices within the school. Early next week is a planning hui and we are looking forward to being able to share this kaupapa with parents and community as so many have indicated an interest and preparedness to provide consistent practices for our young ones. I will keep you informed of the opportunities for parents to meet with the experts. This mahi builds on previous learnings about brain development growth mindset.

Nga mihi

Malcolm