Kia ora RSS whānau

As we head into Week 8 of the term here is a heads up on what is happening now and what is coming up as the term winds down.

Firstly, thanks to everyone for your participation in the last week’s Dress Up Day! There was a great variety of costumes that made for a fun filled parade in the morning and the smiles keep on throughout the day. We know many of our learners look forward to this day all year and it was great to make it happen! Just need a few parents on bored next year wearing their own costumes…

Te Wiki ō te reo Māori 2019: This week is Māori Language Week and thanks to the awesome work of our leaders in Poutokomanawa Te Korowai (Room 14) our school is set up to experience a whole range to activities to enhance and grow te reo Māori. From games of Ki o Rahi to Paraoa Parai (Māori fried bread) it is set up to be an awesome week! Thanks to Rosie and her team in Poutokomanawa for helping us all grow in our understanding and capability!

Book Fair: Thanks to everyone who purchased books and stationery at the Book Fair last week. We really appreciate your support. Big shout out to Rebecca for her organisation and management of this opportunity to engage our students in a love of literacy and books.

Production: Preparation is in full swing for this with classes rehearsing, making props and getting costumes sorted. Once again a huge word of thanks to the Mainland Foundation for allowing us to provide tickets at no cost to every family. Need more? Just head to the Regent to secure extra tickets! If you haven’t already done so, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page to indicate that your child is attending.

Property Work: We have two property projects on the go at the moment. First is the pathway area at the top of the driveway beside the big oak tree. This area is being reconfigured to remove the washed out garden on the left and to divert water down the driveway instead of under the building. This is set to happen during the upcoming break. The second work planned is the sandpit area which is well overdue a facelift, most importantly as this is an ongoing hazard with lifting pavers due to tree roots. We are aiming for this work to be completed over the summer holidays all going to plan. Area

Teacher Inquiry: Our teachers work hard to make sure they are providing the best learning environment for your children. As part of our ongoing desire to do this we are wanting to gather the voice of our parents and whānau – yes you! Teams of teachers will be doing this in different ways; as a homework task, a survey, a conversation, or a meeting to name a few examples. There is not set timeframe for this and nay not involve everyone; this is just a heads up it is in the planning. We appreciate your cooperation when this happens as your thoughts are vital in order for us to get better at what we do.

Finally, thanks to everyone who attended the Quiz Night. What a great well organised event! Thank you to the organising team who really put on a fantastic evening. Looking forward to next year’s event already.

Have a great week everyone!

Ngā mihi, Nick

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