Kia ora whānau,

Really hoping you have all enjoyed the long weekend and had some time to enjoy the sunshine with your whānau.  Today the staff shared back to each other their Teacher Inquiry and I must say what a wonderful day it was listening to the rich learning that has taken place this year by our teaching staff.    This year our staff have all participated in Inquiry Streams – there were 6 Inquiry Streams.  These streams are collaborative by nature.  The topics of each Inquiry Stream were chosen based on interests, passions or areas of development which would enhance a teacher’s practice having positive outcomes for our learners.  All teachers as part of their registration and appraisal need to participate in such an inquiry.  Our Inquiry Streams were; Anxiety, Maths, Coaching, Integrated Curriculum, Transition and Agency.  Kerri also presented back to us her learning from her Science Teaching Leadership Programme, which was a massive inquiry for her this year.

While we were engrossed in this learning opportunity our Teaching Assistants spent the day visiting three other schools in Palmerston North looking into Learning Support with their inquiry hat on. They visited West End School, Central Normal School and Freyberg High School. This was a wonderful opportunity for them to get out and about to see how other schools organise this space  – as quoted “Definitely worthwhile!” Thank you to those schools who hosted us today.  I can’t wait to hear all about it!

What a highly valuable day, today was for our learning and growth as a staff.

A few reminders:

  • Hats – please make sure your child has their school hat from tomorrow onwards – the sun is already making itself well known.  If your child needs a new hat these can be purchased from the office for $15.
  • 2019 Class Placement Requests need to be by Friday November 16th.  The form was shared last week on School Stream.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
  • Athletics day is coming up…Wednesday 14th of November.  All classes are busy preparing for this day so they can showcase their new skills or skills they have built upon over their time at school.
  • A lot of summer sport kicks off this week – so good luck to all of our teams out there doing it and a huge thank you to the coaches who make this happen.

Have a wonderful week ahead and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again tomorrow.

Ngā mihi, Mel