Teenaa koutou e te whanau o te Kura A Rohe o Whaingaroa
Positive Behaviour For Learning (PB4L)
“Celebrating Education in a Bicultural Environment” is what we do every day in our kura – with examples of this mission statement happening daily in classroom and co curriculum programmes. Our teaching staff has been involved in PB4L professional learning designed to maintain and improve the strong focus that we have on providing a positive and culturally responsive school climate and in doing so we have reviewed our school values, confirming their validity in our school. Manaakitanga, Kaitiakitanga, Whanaungatanga and Poutama are alive and evident in our school community.
Kapa Haka Group Success
We congratulate our kapa haka group, whanau members and tutors led by Whaea Chanel. We proudly welcomed the Mana Ariki kapa haka taonga in to our kura at an assembly last week. This achievement is a wonderful outcome for our kapa haka group who spent countless hours in the lead up to this event before travelling to Taumarunui to compete. This achievement is a momentous beginning as the group prepares for future competitions that they will be in later this year. But for now, we acknowledge and thank our kapa haka group for their efforts and success in truly “celebrating education in a bicultural environment” – a wonderful example of our school’s mission statement in action.
We have completed our enrolment information evenings for Years 7-13 students for 2020. Thank you to those families who were able to attend. We are always open for new enrolments, but I also invite current whanau, parents and caregivers to make an appointment at any time to come in to school, if you have any queries about 2020.
End to the School Day
We have had over six months now in our trial of a 2.30pm finish to the school day. As promised, the Board of Trustees will be making a decision on whether to keep this 2.30pm finish or to revert to the 3.00pm finish for 2020 by the end of this school term. Before doing so, we want to give parents and caregivers one more opportunity to give their opinions via a survey. Our teachers and senior school students will also be given an opportunity to do this.
Ngaa mihi nui
Principal / Tumuaki
Saturday, August 10th at Mana Ariki kappa haka competition a small group of amazing students performed in Taumaranui, after months of practicing and Noho’s. They had been working hard towards this competition by fundraising, throwing a huge, amazing disco, which helped to transport and accommodate the students in Taumarunui.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Whaea Chanel for being an amazing tutor and a great role model to the students through the last couple of days and to the ringawera who provided lots of delicious kai for our tamariki . The group did themselves proud, this was their first time they had entered a big competition and to come away with a win was ‘icing on the cake’, ka mau te wehi Tamariki.
Na Aaliyah Forbes Kapea
Winter Illnesses and Recommended Recovery Time
With all the winter bugs and illnesses that are currently around, we would like to share some guidelines for you to consider when you are responding to any sickness that your child (ren) may experience. We also ask that your contact details and your chosen alternative carer details are kept updated in our school files. Please ring Karen or Sue in the school office, 8258140 (07), or email email@example.com to inform us of any changes that need to be recorded.
Children can find it difficult to focus on school learning and to interact positively with others when they are unwell. It is also easier for the bugs to be shared in school classroom settings where there are large numbers of children in confined spaces. In consideration of other students and staff at Raglan Area School, the following recovery guidelines should be followed before sending a recovering sick child back to school.
RECOMMENDED RECOVERY TIME
|Vomiting||Until 24 hours after LAST vomit|
|Diarrhoea||Until 24 hours after last runny bowel motion|
|Conjunctivitis||Until eye discharge has ceased|
|Influenza and Influenza-like illness||Until completely well. No sign of runny nose, coughing, abnormal temperature, headache|
|Measles||For at least four days after onset of rash|
|Whooping Cough||For five days after antibiotic treatment commenced|
|Mumps||For nine days or until swelling has gone|
|Chicken pox||For seven days from the onset of the rash/scabs are dry|
|School Sores||Until sores have dried up or 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has started.|
|Streptococcal throat||Until 24 hour from commencement of treatment|
|Head Lice||Treatment should begin immediately and should be thorough.|
Some Wonderful Photos of Wacky Hair Day
From the Sports Corner
A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Quiz Night, it was a fantastic evening and I just want to personally thank everyone who
contributed to this night – be it giving up your time, donating items, supplying food, volunteering on the night or attending the night as a competitor.
The night would not have been a success without such support. You all contributed in some way and the funds raised will directly benefit our students.
Congratulations to “Token Man” who took out the Quiz and also “The 80’s Sports Stars” who won best dressed.
Free Raglan Junior Youth Touch Development – Learn the skills of Pass, Run and Dive with experienced coaches. Tuesdays 3.30-5pm. Bring a water bottle. At the Rugby Grounds. 10 October – 29 November.
Yoga at the Loft Every Monday a keen group of students have been taking part in Yoga at The Loft.
A huge thank you to the Raglan Yoga Loft who have come on board this term, working with the School to offer some Yoga classes for our students. There has been a lot of positive feedback and requests from staff to attend.
Winter sports are winding up and Summer sports are starting up. Check out the details
Basketball, Rugby and Football are into their finals games this week. Congratulations to all coaches, managers and players for successful seasons and making it through to the final game!
In regards to Summer Sports – we have Volleyball, Tennis and Touch Rugby starting soon. Any interested players from Year 9-13, please see me, TJ, in the school hall. Any tennis players out there, I have details for competitions in Term 4.
For further information regarding any of the afore mentioned sports, please get in touch with me; firstname.lastname@example.org
Raglan Girls’ and Boys’ Agricultural Group
At a Committee Meeting of the above group on Tuesday 13 August, at Te Mata School, the following decisions were made regarding ‘Calf Club’ this year. Mycoplasma Bovis remains a concern to MPI.
School Calf Club days are permitted to go ahead with calves being entered but it is at the discretion of Principals what they decide to do. Strict biosecurity rules will have to be adhered to. Raglan/Te Uku, Te Mata and Waitetuna schools are allowing calves at their local days but there will be NO calves permitted at the Group Day being held at Waitetuna School. Beef calves are NOT permitted unless they are dairy/beef cross and from a dairy farm.
There will be NO calf entries at the Waikato A&P Show this year. Lambs and kid goats will go ahead as usual including at Group Day.
We will keep you updated and there will be more information to follow.
Raglan/Te Uku Day: Thursday 17 Oct. (Week 1, Term 4). Group Day: Friday 25 Oct. (Week 2, Term 4).
Students in Years 0-3 have been busy creating art that can be purchased as a calendar, pack of cards, diary or sketch pad. From Monday 26 August art can be viewed in your child’s classroom. The order forms are also being sent out on this date to be returned no later than Friday 6 September. Items are priced between $12 and $15 each. They make an ideal Christmas gift for family or friends. We appreciate you supporting this fundraising opportunity.
A group of D2 boys have been working for days on a lego creation. It’s been amazing to see the progress over the week and listen to their conversations as ideas develop and are shared with their peers. This project has been an opportunity to problem solve and work together as a team.
There’s a little cabin on the top and then a little window from the house to look into the cabin.
We built a house with 21 layers. And now we’re putting a pool at the front. While the driver’s going we can sit in the pool and watch all the whales jumping.
There’s a little door there that the people walk in and we’re going to put some things in it.
Writing in E4
E4 have been learning pre-paragraphing skills. Some of us created amazing fantasy birds while the rest of us wrote about our amazing New Zealand endemic birds.
We are learning to write a topic sentence and then expand on this idea. The topic sentence tells the most important information. The next sentences are called the magic 2. Magic 2 sentences tell us more about the topic.
Check out Mahli’s work below, she has done a fantastic job! Look at the photographs of everyone else’s work in the digital newsletter too.
Tuis live in Kowhai trees. Kowhai trees have yellow flowers. Tuis fly under the trees and ferns.
Tuis have white tuffs by their throats. Their feathers are black and blue. They have two wings to fly.
Tuis have black and blue beaks. Tuis eat slugs. They eat beetles, too.
Tuis are special because they are endemic to New Zealand. –
Year 0-3 Zoo Trip
On Thursday last week, the Year 0-3 RAS students went to explore the Hamilton Zoo.
We walked around the zoo to find inspiring animals. The most inspiring for us were the alpacas because when we went to see them they spat at us. We also saw annoying monkeys that yelled a lot.
After a long look around the zoo, they got a look behind the scenes. It was like a classroom. The students saw tiny turtles, little yellow ones. There also were stuffed animals. They were breathtaking because no one had ever seen them before. They were stoats, possums and rats. Some people thought they were gross. I thought they were inspiring. Above all, we had fun and that’s all that matters. Esha Glynn-Harder
I saw a stripey tiger and it was cool. It was sleeping on the platform. The rhinos had big horns on their head. The zoo was fun. Orin Bennett
The Haunted House
The coffin lid creaked open and a bony hand crept out the door. I was terrified! I crept up to my room. I was alone so I went back down. I was hungry but there was no food so I went upstairs to my room, sat down and played. Suddenly, I saw the bony hand again. I ran downstairs and heard the stairs screeching wherever I stepped. I heard noises then I saw blood dripping down the stairs. I wasn’t scared so I decided to investigate. I walked up the stairs, past the blood, while listening to the screeching noises. When I got to the top of the stairs noticed the blood was coming from the bathroom. I opened the bathroom door and saw blood and bones. I decided to pick up the blood covered bones which I put in my backpack. The reason I kept the bones was so I could find out who they belonged to. I ran to the police station where I found Constable John. Constable John, “I yelled. I found a coffin with bones and blood! HELP!!” “Calm down. where did you find them? I found them at the old abandoned house up the steep hill. Lets go we jumped into the police car and we had the sirens flashing. We raced to the house jumped out of the car and ran into the house. We then saw a hand came out of the wall !!! Constable john tasered the hand to make sure it wasn’t alive it was dead so it must not have been a real hand. The hand disappeared back into the wall so we started looking. We searched the house we looked up stairs and in a room. We were shocked to see a skeleton man standing there with a bloody evil smile. Sage Bennett
Hamilton Zoo Report
Hamilton Zoo has a huge amount of animals. While some of the animals are small, others are large. Weirdly, Rhinos can run 50 kilometres. People use Rhinos horns for medicine.
When they put a black ball in with the tigers the ball gets wrecked. Weirdly, the monkeys get fed. The zookeepers put food in bamboo and turn upside down. People put ropes in the cages of monkeys for a challenge.
When we walked in the door there were skulls on the shelf . Weirdly, there were animals skin on the wall. There were stuffed animals on the floor.
The Hamilton Zoo is a wonderful place to learn. Rylee Vink
Why Are Young People Attracted to Join Gangs?
There are many reasons why young people may join a gang. They might not have any money or maybe there are no jobs available for them. Anyone could join a gang depending on what happens in their life. There are three main driving factors on why young people may join a gang, economic reasons, community reasons, and cultural and family reasons.
Money is a driving factor for young kids joining a gang. Young people join a gang to have flash cars and clothes that they’ve seen other gang members wear and use. Kids who have no money at home leave and find a gang that they can fit into. People also join a gang if there are no jobs available for them; it’s also easy money for them.
Community is a driving factor for young kids joining a gang. Gangs offer protection to young kids who want to join a gang. Gang members often try and force their friends to join a gang and won’t stop until they do. Young people join a gang mostly just to act cool and want people to be scared of them like wanting others to move out of the way and let them through.
Family is a factor for young kids joining a gang. Young kids join gangs because their dad is in one which is like a family tradition which makes them join a similar or the same one as their parents. Some of the kids also need to feel safe so they join a gang that their familiar with. Young people join a gang because they come from a broken home and may not have a dad or a mum.
In conclusion, these factors are important to know because if you know someone vulnerable to these factors then you might want to lookout for them. Benjamin Ponga
Get 2 Go Challenge
Twenty four schools from the Waikato Region gathered on Tuesday 13th August at Cambridge/Karapiro for the 2019 Hillary Outdoors Get2Go Challenge. It was a great day filled with fun, friends and most importantly no school work.
There were four activities that our teams had to face: Orienteering, paddle boarding, mountain biking, and a team-building challenge. This year our school entered 3 teams – with eight students in each – competing to win. The winning team receives the opportunity to go to Great Barrier Island, to compete against other schools from different regions.
It was really great to see our teams work together so well, by communicating and valuing each other’s ideas and encouraging each other onto victory. Together, our students were positive, dedicated and resilient competitors, and the students were proud to be representing our school.
Overall our students had a great day, and everyone left for home with big smiles on their faces. Thank you to all of the teachers and parents who supported us through the day, we couldn’t have done it without you! Sophie, Valentin, Jarvis, and Jack
It’s that time of the year again where the Senior English students are busy working on their creative writing and preparing for their upcoming mock exams. Matua Dave and I have had the pleasure of reading our students short stories and poetry and have been blown away by the quality of work our students have been producing. Cindy Tedeschi
Under lock and key (3 of 4)
There’s a place for you in my head.
A winding corridor of doors that remain unopened.
Somewhere there is a key.
If I could just unlock it,
I could go back to a time when things were easier.
Back to a time that I’m not sure I would recognise.
There’s a place for you in my head.
It may be smarter to keep the door closed.
Lily Bradley Year 13
Mark Kaveron and his two cronies, Leopold and Karl Becker, trotted along the hollow streets of Supplici. Each of them carrying paper wrapped bottles of a sweet but strong beverage. Leopold, as the eldest out of the three, was able to purchase the good tangy stuff; at least he wouldn’t be the one locked in the slammer if the Pigs cross their path.
But Mark knew that they’ll never encounter the Pigs; he looked at his silver wristwatch:
“One *hick* four *hick* ty gu-i-ys” he blabbered, his useless leg scraping along the frozen tar.
“Plenty of *hick* time, WHOOO!” shouted Leopold at Karl who was a few steps behind the two……
Excerpt from Humatai Ringia Year 13
Unleash the Power of Poetry
As part of this years Poetry Day on the 23rd of August 2019 we celebrated our creative talent here in Whaingaroa, Raglan. Two of our very own talented students from Raglan Area School, braved the wet weather and read at the evening Performance Poetry Slam at Raglan Old School. Year 13 Ryan Dingle and Year 11 Leila-Rose Skeates. The following evening at the
Raglan Club another poetry event was held. Year 11 students Leila-Rose Skeates and Tahlia Edgecombe- Pearse read and performed their own poetry and songs to a very appreciative audience.
Raglan Theatresports Team Through to the Finals!
For the third year in a row since Raglan Area School began competing in the Waikato Secondary school theatresports competition, we have a team make the finals
In 2017 our team from the wild west coast showed the Waikato what we were made of – when we snatched the winning trophy. In 2018 our team came in at second place (one point behind first place), now it’s 2019, and once again we are in the finals.
All year our theatresports teams have been travelling to Hamilton to compete against other schools in the Waikato. Both our teams provided good hearty belly laughs and worked as a team in the improv battles. Teams that place in the top 4 after four rounds of games head into the finals.
After four rounds of battles, our Senior Secondary team placed in 5th and our Junior Secondary team placed in 2nd place. This means that our Junior Secondary team head to the finals in a few weeks time.
Great job to our Senior Secondary team: Ryan Dingle, Leila-Rose Skeates, Connor Marquand and Taliah Edgecombe-Pearse, I’m sure we will see you competing again next year.
……. and a huge congratulations to Iemaja Hassell, Jade Jansen Van Vuuren, Cassidy Hanna and Sashka Highway, we look forward to supporting you in the finals, date and location coming soon!