Tēnā koutou e te whānau o te Kura A Rohe o Whaingaroa
We made it. 2021 has been a hugely challenging year.
We have embraced learning at many different levels; in the classroom, in the playground, at home, in the community, and via online forums. Our year was again impacted by COVID-19. But again, the real sense of community that we are fortunate to have here in Whaingaroa has sustained us all throughout this year. I am grateful that I live in Whaingaroa, Aotearoa.
Gratitude to our School Staff Team
I want to acknowledge our leaders, teaching staff, and support staff colleagues for their commitment to the goals that we are striving to achieve in our kura. We have had and will continue to have reviews of our practices to make improvements that will make positive differences in 2022 and beyond. I acknowledge and celebrate the individual and collective achievements and successes of which there have been many.
Leaving Teaching Staff 2021
We say farewell to Peter Skandera (Itinerant Music Teacher Years 11-13), Hans Guersen (HPE Years 7-13), Ruth Hare (Drama Years 7-13), Celeste Cleason (Music), Viv Regnier (Years 7-10 Social Sciences), Aroha Hohepa (Deputy Principal Kura Teina), Jeanette McDonnell Rata (Te Ropu Aroha ki Te Reo), Juanita Asi (Te Ropu Aroha Ki Te Reo), Chantal Behr (Years 4-6) and Matt Stockton (Years 4-6), All staff members will be acknowledged at our end of year gathering. Each person has contributed in their own unique and individual ways to enhance learning opportunities for our students. We express our gratitude for their efforts and extend our sincerest best wishes to each of them in their future endeavours. Chanel Ruawai and Annika Fries have been granted one year’s study leave. We look forward to having them return to us in 2023.
Gratitude to our Whānau
To the Board of Trustees, governance of a diverse school like ours with a multitude of complex needs is challenging and this has been a huge year of planning to meet School Charter goals. We expect, welcome, and receive a lot of feedback from our families that are considered with integrity as we navigate the pathways ahead. We have robust internal discussions and make our decisions with the best interests of all students at the forefront. Sincere thanks to Board members for their contributions in an educational context that is continually changing.
I applaud our PTA and the many parent/caregiver and community volunteers who have supported sports, arts, and cultural endeavours this year. Sincere thanks to them for their support, sheer hard work, and commitment to our kura. Our school values are alive and active in their efforts.
Student Individual Achievement Reports
These are completed and have been sent home. We invite you to email us firstname.lastname@example.org or to contact us in the new year if you wish to discuss any of the outcomes that have been shared with you about your child’s learning in this second half of the year.
School Starting Dates 2022
The school office will be open on Monday 24 January 2022. Please email email@example.com or ring 8258140 for any enquiries. Years 11-13 students will be back at school on Friday 4 February to confirm their subject choices. Years 0-10 students begin on Tuesday 8 February 2022. The day with begin with a whakatau for all of our new staff and students. Please assemble at 8.45 at the Waharoa Entrance outside the school hall.
Student Stationery 2022
Detailed information will be provided in January. Kura Teina (Years 0-6) families will be invoiced for their stationery and Kura Tuakana Years 7-13) students will be given stationery lists and will purchase their own stationery.
Classroom Lists and Teaching Staff for 2022
Please note that the class lists for 2022 will be published in the last week of January. However, if you have particular concerns that you would like to discuss with regards to the placement of your child in 2022, please email us via firstname.lastname@example.org. Teaching Staff will also be confirmed at this time.
End of Year Prize Givings
These have all been recorded and will be available on our school website by the end of this week.
The last day of this 2021 school year is Thursday 16 December at midday, 12pm. Please ensure that you have organised for your children to be picked up at this time.
I extend to everyone best wishes for a joyous Christmas, a festive New Year and well-earned holidays among whānau and friends. God Bless you all.
Ngā mihi nui – Louisa Barham (Tumuaki / Principal)