Kia ora e te whānau
I hope this finds you well, it has been an incredibly challenging term with so many bugs and winter ailments affecting our students, staff and whānau. I acknowledge how particularly challenging it may have been for whānau, especially with the school closure, and I appreciate the support that was given.
However, despite our challenges, our students have been up to some amazing things this term, so I would like to share a few of those things with you.
– Student Learning highlights
– Board of Trustees update
– Whanau survey key messages
– Thanks to businesses and individuals who have supported the school
||Board of Trustees Election
The returning officer for our triennial board election is Bernardine Vester from My School Election. Look out for an initial call for nominations email coming by 15 July from firstname.lastname@example.org with information on how to nominate. Nominations will close on 3 August and voting will then take place.
|Parent & Caregiver Survey
Thanks to everyone who took part in the Parents & Caregivers survey. It was great to see such passion for things that you love about our school and also things that you don’t! While the numbers showed us in a mostly positive light overall, there are some key messages that came through for us to respond to. I will provide further information about this in future newsletters. These include:
- improving consistency in how teachers are communicating with whānau
- sharing our thinking about Diversity in our school including gender, culture, and disability
- explaining how inappropriate student behaviour is addressed
- increasing communications about Curriculum and Assessment
- maintaining an inclusive and welcoming culture in the school
RAS students created and designed a Matariki Art Installation – Purapura Whetu Remembrance Space.
Students from across all our year groups were encouraged to make stars to represent the ‘star dust’.
Our Year 9 student leaders built the space at La Petite Galerie, Whaingaroa. The space resembled the myriads of stars in the sky. As we celebrate Matariki, some of our stars represent and pay homage to the loved ones we have lost in the past year.
We acknowledge them, we celebrate them and we mourn for them at this time.
No reira te hunga kua wheturangitia haere, haere, haere atu ra.
Some of our stars represent our goals, dreams, and aspirations as people looking ahead and making plans for our future.
“Ka mahuta a Matariki ki te pae, ka mahuta ō tātou tumanako ki te tau”
“When Matariki rises above the horizon, our aspirations rise to the year ahead“
It is with a heavy heart that we farewell Matua Te Whaiwhaia Ritchie and Matua Jason Engledoe and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours. We welcome back Whaea Michelle Satchell in place of Matua Te Whaiwhaia and Whaea Jaime Paulin in place of Matua Jason.
The PTA will have their first hui for 2022 on August 1st at 3:30 pm in Matua Joe’s room next to the basketball courts. This is a “meet and greet” event where we can share ideas and connect.
Use these links for updates from Kura Teina (LINK) and Kura Tuakana (LINK) and our office staff (LINK).
Finally, sincere thanks to our wonderful sponsors in the local community for their generous donations. Click here for more details (LINK)
As always, please feel free to make contact by phoning the school office 07 825 8140 if you have any queries. Your input is welcome and valued.
Stay well. Stay safe. Stay connected.
Ngā mihi. Whaea Louisa Barham
(Tumuaki / Principal)