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What a busy week it has been – again!

A major highlight this week was my Graduation. Thank you SO much for all of your messages and kind words (and gifts!) to show your support for me. Some of you have asked to see my Valedictorian speech – I tried to link it here but so far it won’t work for me. I’ll keep trying, but alternatively you can YouTube it (Ceremony Four, Massey University Graduation 2018) and skip to 1hr 30min. I showed a little of it to the whole class on Thursday morning and they were super excited to hear some of their names and the stories I talk about from our year so far. It was very special to feel like ‘my kids’ were with me by weaving them into my kōrero. I loved coming in to school after the ceremony to see them!

Other highlights of the week:

  • We had Cross Country training on Monday and Wednesday as per usual, which the children are loving! Appropriate footwear for running on these days is helpful. We are getting pretty competitive with ourselves and trying our hardest to run further every time we ‘train’. Each time the children complete one lap of our circuit they collect a popsicle stick from me. This has provided us with rich and authentic Maths opportunities, and we’ve been able to track our progress! I’m so proud of the effort our tamariki are putting in. We’ll be more than ready to rock the real thing in Week 5! Keep an eye on SchoolStream for more info about Cross Country a little closer to the date.
  • We’ve been enjoying having Jesse from Room 6 join us to support our choice rotations during Maths time! The kids just adore ‘big buddies’ and the Tuakana/Teina relationships that are so strongly fostered at RSS.
  • PMP (Perceptual Motor Programme) – We had another PMP session on Thursday and feel so lucky to have amazing kaiāwhina (helpers) from Poutokomanawa help us with our learning. We are stoked to have PMP as a regular part of our programme, as the benefits for our bodies and brains are endless.
  • We had our first whole school assembly for 2018 on Wednesday. This is on a 3-weekly cycle, so the next assembly will be on Wednesday in Week 6 from 1.50pm-2.20pm. This change has come about as a response to our children’s needs and parent feedback around assemblies, so we look forward to seeing positive outcomes for our learners. You are more than welcome to attend assemblies.
  • The kids have been very caring and enjoyed playing charades with me today as I tried to creatively communicate our plans due to losing my voice! I’m sure they have lots of interesting things to say about how funny it has been.

    I hope you all have a restful weekend and get to enjoy some whānau time. Remember to keep recording any reading you do with your kids in their yellow books so they can earn free pizza vouchers! One different book each day is all that is required. Enjoy some photos from our week, and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

    Ngā manaakitanga,


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