Teenaa koutou e te whanau o te Kura a Rohe o Whaingaroa.
Winter Sports are up and running and many of our students participate either as representatives of our school teams or club teams. This participation provides real learning opportunities for our children to engage in an activity that can be competitive and also full of fun.
Student Mid Year Written Reports These are currently being prepared by teachers and will be sent home at the end of this school term.
Whānau Learning Conversations Term 3 Our thanks to those of you who took the opportunity to give us feedback about the Check in Conversations that we had a few weeks ago. We will be giving families an opportunity to come in again early in Term 3 to talk more specifically about the learning progress and achievement that your children are making. The mid year reports will provide a focus for these learning conversations.
Your questions, comments, wonderings and affirmations of what we are doing in our kura are always welcome.
Ngaa mihi nui
Principal / Tumuaki
Board of Trustees Kōrero
Kūī! Kūī! Whitiwhiti ora! Tēnā tātou e te whānau a te Kura Rohe o Whaingaroa. Kia tau te manaakitanga a te Rungarawa ki a tātou katoa! Huri ake te mihi, nā te Poari Whakahaere.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to acknowledge Whaea Louisa, all our teachers and support staff, we know you have been working hard, thank you for your mahi. I would also like to warmly welcome our new staff; Jason Engledoe in Year 4 – 6, Ann Ruxton in Year 4 – 6 and Rita Anjali our new senior Mathematics teacher, I hope you enjoy being part of our school whānau.
School Communication: The Board is working alongside Whaea Louisa to develop a streamlined and consistent communications plan school wide, when this is completed, the plan will be available on our school website.
Technology/Devices: The Board had a lengthy discussion on device use across the school, this was in response to requests from both staff and parents about device free time. Whaea Louisa proposed that we look at limiting technology during break times only, which the Board supports. We recognise that further discussion on this will need to be undertaken with our senior students and staff to develop the processes for implementing this approach, this is scheduled to start at the beginning of Term 3.
Board of Trustee Elections: Nomination forms should have reached whānau mailboxes, please get them filled out and sent back asap. There are five trustee positions up for nomination. We are looking forward to welcoming the new Board at the end of June. We will be hosting a meet the nominees here at school on Wednesday 19th June at 7pm for a Q&A session. If you would like to know any information on being a trustee please contact myself or Whaea Louisa.
Raglan Area School Whānau Facebook page: The Board would like to clarify that the Raglan Area School Whanau Facebook page is not a Board or School endorsed page. It is administered by parents and provides a platform for whānau to contribute to discussions on a number of topics. The Board and School do not monitor or comment in this forum, if whanau have ideas, issues or concerns please contact the school directly.
Future Happenings: After School Childcare is well on track to commence in term 3, more information will be shared with whanau when it comes to hand.
A Student/Whanau/Staff survey on preferred school finishing times for 2020 will be circulated in early term 3.
Our next Board of Trustees meeting is on Wednesday 26th June, 6pm in the school boardroom.
Parent representative Raglan Area School
Board of Trustees
Mobile 0211 798 256
BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTION 2019
A reminder to all parents/caregivers who are considering nominating, or being nominated for the Parent Representative to the Board of Trustees in the Board of Trustees Elections 2019. Nominations close at 12 noon on Friday, 7 June, that’s this Friday! You can post your nomination form to The Returning Officer, Raglan Area School, P.O. Box 80, 42 Norrie Ave, Raglan. Or, you can deliver your nomination form to the school office.
Community Maths Tutoring
Maths tutoring is being offered at the Community House, Wednesday 3pm-4pm, starting 22nd of May. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please txt Mary-Rose Speakman on 021 646670 to reserve your place.
Ngaa Reo Rooreka—Sweet Voices Choir
An after school choir open to all tamariki form Years 5-8. We will be singing music from around the world. Starting week 1 of term three. Mondays, between 2.45-3.30pm, in D3. Please register for the choir with your class teacher or whaea Celeste.
Calling All Interested Film Makers
Here is your opportunity to join the Raglan Area School Film Makers Club
The club is part of the RAFFA committee’s promotion of film making in Raglan – supporting young people interested in film making with the RAFFA competition as a tangible goal to aim towards.
Time: Lunch time every Wednesday
Venue: Student Meeting Space
Bring along your lunch, ideas and video clips. The club could help your entry to the Raglan Film Festival
28 September. Entries due 9 August
See Whaea Betty for more info
Science Club – Why did the dinosaur cross the road? The answer, along with further unravelling of the mysteries of the Universe, can be found at Science Club every Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtime in laboratory H2(O).
SeaDogs – Cowabunga Dudes! The sea temperature maybe dropping and winds speeds maybe rising but that will not stand in the way of the SeaDogs surf sessions which run throughout the year, every Wednesday regardless of the weather.
We would like to say an enormous thank you to Deane Hishon and the team at Backdoor Surf shop for hooking us up on some primo new surf boards for the students to ride. Awesome!
F Block students have been exploring mathematical patterns using our geoboards. We can see lines of symmetry, repeating colour patterns and exploration of vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines. This play also enhances fine motor skills and is a fun way to be creative.
Each week D block spends an afternoon outdoors playing at the Peninsula. This is a highlight of the week with rich opportunities to learn and build social skills. This kind of play incorporates many areas of the curriculum, including Science, Mathematics, Physical Education and Health.
A large piece of board was found down at the peninsula. Other weeks the play has been centred around making the board slide but this week it was being used as a slide. It’s been particularly interesting to observe the problem solving involved with this play. It has attracted a large group of children and at times there were a few near crashes and too many children jumping on at once. Phinn suggested lining up and taking a turn. This was a great solution to make it safer and fair.
Kaakahu Manaakitanga – Cape of Caring
In E1, we have been exploring who we are, where we come from, and where we want to go to/ our dreams. These are represented in each raukura (feather). These feathers were then “woven” together on our kaakahu to represent us as a whanau. E noho ana maatou ki raro i te kaakahu manaakitanga. We all sit under the kaakahu of manaakitanga.
I2 student Noah Dymond wrote a short story. He was challenged to include an adverb-start sentence in his writing….see if you can spot it.
Carefully and precisely, the Kraken lifted one of its tentacles up to create a monstrous wave to distract its prey.
While the people were taking photos of this magnificent wave, the Kraken was thinking on where to strike. “Screech,” the Kraken screamed as it leapt out of the water.
Everyone tried to run, but there was no escape from this terrible creature. After this horrible attack, I decided to go look at the terrible remains of human body parts.
“Hope that never happens again,” I said in disbelief.
Curious Minds Give Year 9/10s a New Insight on Science
A group of enthusiastic scientists from Auckland University have come to share their knowledge in an assortment of different sciences with our school.
The Curious Minds team first made an appearance three weeks ago, in the mud of Cox’s Bay. They showed them a variety of fossil sites, from which the fossils have already been extracted from the sand. They were then let loose to find our own fossils and returned carrying piles of fossilized coral and sea sponge. After a bit of background information about the fossils, it was back to school. That was the first activity of many.
The week after, on Monday morning, one of the three Year Nine and Ten classes assembled at the science lab. Today they would be discovering the ‘Invisible World’, a form of biology. An expert on the subject, Whaea Heather, arrived to teach them what she knew. She explained that they would be creating FoldScopes, a kind of origami microscope. Making them included popping the parts out of the paper, cleaning some of the components with the kits provided, and folding and connecting.
The most recent activity that Curious Minds has done with the students was to do with 3D scanning. After a bit of math, a member of the Curious Minds team explained about today’s activity. In groups, the students were required to take photos of their chosen fossil from every angle possible, without touching the object. The teacher promised to scan their photos and print out 3D models for them all and hand them out next week.
Soon, the Year Nines and Tens will be going on a trip to Hamilton zoo to study the animals that call the place home. The Curious Minds projects are both entertaining and fun, and I am really looking forward to our upcoming trip.
Ayla Standley, Y9 Media Crew Member
Art Classes: Student lead and passion focused!
Introducing one of our Year 13 Senior Leadership Students, Zasha Baudry. She has taken this kaupapa on wholeheartedly and committed her time and her knowledge to share with some of our Year 7-9 students who have shown an interest in Art.
Zasha has spent a lot of her time in Art
room over the last three years. It has been an honour to have taught this young lady and to see her own passion grown and develop. Currently, she is working on her Level 3 folio boards for both Painting and Photography. I’m hoping she might also consider becoming an Art teacher after this experience.
This year, a weekly art class on Thursdays after school has begun in order to teach Year 7-9 students painting skills, such as blending and colour making. This will help to help prepare them for the NCEA curriculum, and to allow them to have a better understanding of how the medium of painting works on paper.
This term we will be making our own colours from primary shades to create individualised painted animals, ranging from flamingos to foxes, on an A4 sized canvas.
Te Roopuu Aroha ki te Reo
Hangarau ki te taha o Matua Glenn me Whaea Jeanette
Kaupapa: Hanga kauta takaro mō ngā tamariki!
Whainga: Mahitahi, mahi haumaru me te mahi hangarua.
Anei te ‘tauira’ tuatahi. E mahi ana rātou te ‘prototype’ mai i ngā papa maro, kutukutu, pū piri wera, rakau, pepa piri, me ngā ipu, pākete hoki.
Media Crew 2019
Media Crew is back! From now out, a portion of our school news will be produced by Media Crew members. This week, most of their work is in the digital newsletter.. so find the link on School App or Facebook and check out their articles, photos, and videos!
Junior Media Crew
E5: Amber Atkin, Denim Johnson, and Esha Harder
I1: Rylee Vink and Alaia Hewett
I2: Ngahinaturae Hounuku-Paekau, Isobel Peart, and Ruby Olsen
E1: Ayla Lindfield and Isabella Waitere
E2: Sol O’Loughlin and Adriana Nield-Cooksley
Senior Media Crew
K1: Cormag Eadie and Josie Harder
K3: Harper Peart, Lucile Gadras, Mia Paisnel, and Keira Hishon
M2: Iemaja Hassell
M3: Ayla Standley
Every Wednesday, a few brave teachers take a small group of Year 7 to 10s down to the beach to carve up some waves.
Sea dogs is a pretty chill group of kids who go down to the beach every Wednesday to have a fun time surfing. Before we leave, we have to choose a surfboard and pack it in the van. Seeing that there are only about 10 surfboards, and on a sunny day we have about 20 kids, it often leads to arguments.
“Aghhh!” Kids yell as the teacher drives like a maniac speeding toward the beach. The trip to the beach never takes long unless the teacher stops to buy a pizza or an ice cream for themselves.
When we arrive at the beach, the kids pile out of the van and into the changing room (or should I say the chatting rooms because everybody chats so much.
Once everybody is in the wet suits we start the long descent from the car park all the way down the huge hill to the beach.
Out there in the waves, it is awesome, all the kids from your school surfing with you and the best part about is that there is almost always some pretty gnarly waves.
Almost every week, when there have been good waves, someone inevitably breaks a board or snaps a leggy.
As you come back up the hill to the car park it is torture, and when you finally make it back to the van, everyone is tired and ready to go home.
The chat on the way back is always a lot more tired than when we started because we’re worn out from our great time surfing.
If you’re interested in joining sea dogs then contact Matua Liam, Matua Te Whaiwhaia or Mr C.
Harper Peart, Y8 Media Crew member
Celebrating the Western Cluster Placegetters
Photo by Media Crew members Mia Paisnel & Keira Hishon
On Friday, the 19th of May the Year 0-8 students assembled to celebrate the Raglan Area School cross country winners.
Whaea Kahurangi announced every 1st and 2nd place getters for each division to come to the stage. When they reached the front, Matua Liam shook their hands as they received their certificate.
The 1st and 2nd place getters got to go to Western Cluster to represent the school, which was just across the other side of Waitetuna school.
Keira Hishon, Y8 Media Crew Member
Western Cluster Cross Country
On Friday the 26th of May, the placegetters from the Raglan Area School cross country were getting ready for a long day at Western Cluster to do some hard out races.
Eventually, all the placegetters were in one area. First, 5-year-olds ran, then 6, then 7. After a long time, every age had sprinted their hearts out on the course. Everyone was dirty and tired.
After a few long hours, the first, second, and thirds got to stand on the hay bails and get given a certificate. Well done to everyone who did their best, and thanks to the teachers for supporting us.
Isobel Peart, Y6 Media Crew Member