Kia ora whanau and families of Te Kura a Rohe o Whaingaroa, Raglan Area School.
I am very grateful to all of those who came to the ‘Working Bee’ for our gardens, particularly around the new junior block. Plenty of helpers with skills to share, great camaraderie, excellent kai, and some stayers that went way over the call of duty. Simply brilliant! And and and . . . they want it to happen again before too long so early notice is for Saturday 9th September. Please put that date into your diaries. We will complete the junior block and library quads and be moving down to E Block. Thanks also to those of you who have taken on some of the gardens as personal projects. The roses won’t have felt so loved in years!
The new classrooms are in, with decking being built as I write. The basketball court is currently being restored and will have hot mix seal laid in a few days before the court markings are reinstated. Our students are really looking forward to getting back onto it.
The junior block is very close to sign off by the project manager. Parents are regularly commenting to me on the renewed and fantastic look for the junior block and our students have settled in very quickly. The Year 1 students and Celia have the largest classroom in the whole school and are luxuriating in space for learning, play, exploration, and challenges. I love going over there and watching students and teachers taking advantage of the new spaces.
The Board received a commendation letter from the Minister of Education for improvements in NCEA achievements in 2016 along with a poster, naming other schools who have similarly improved. It was very nice to see Raglan Area School feature there.
Senior Environment Programme
Ten seniors today were out on an environmental programme that will continue for eight weeks, and is a pilot for future opportunities in our curriculum for engagement in sustainability, conservation, restoration, pest eradication, and environmental management. This is supported by members of our community who are passionate about the opportunities for our students and I would like to acknowledge their inspiration and leadership.
Guest Readers in the Library
This week the library has had guest readers coming in to read stories that have been selected as nominations for The New Zealand Book Awards in the section of Best Picture Books. Students have really enjoyed these sessions and it reminds me again that reading to our young and not so young is a truly enjoyable experience for all. Thanks readers and writers and good luck!