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Our Newsletter this term is kindly sponsored by Stacey Zuccati and Adrian Money

Waipahihi School Newsletter
6 April 2017

This will be our last newsletter for the term. Have a great Easter and term break!
WOW!  What an action packed term it has been.  There has been a huge amount happening at school throughout the term from establishing new classes and building relationships, learning conferences, school camp, biking with Cath, swimming at the AC Baths and curiosity clubs (just to name a few), all providing wonderful rich learning contexts for our children.

Keep an eye out early next term for our teaching team sharing evening. A little like last year, this is where we run an evening and talk as a staff about the learning programmes around our school.  This gives you a chance to hear from the wider teaching team that supports your child and their learning. Things like the structure of the learning, where reading, writing and maths happens in the programme, what it looks like within a rich curriculum context and how the teaching team works together will be shared and discussed.

We are looking at ways to revitalise our School Library and the way in which it is used. This week we had a visitor from the National Library Service visit us to give us some tips on how this may happen. She had some great ideas that we are excited about implementing. One initiative, led by BOT member Janet Jackson, that has already begun is using part of the space for a weaving group. This group meets every Tuesday to learn and share the craft of weaving. If you are interested in joining this group please let the office or Janet know.

We are going to be running a 'Launching into the Library' week early next term. Part of this will be teachers reading stories at lunchtimes, activities set up in the library all to promote a love of reading. We will also be celebrating our favourite book characters by holding a dress up day/book parade.  More details will come closer to the time. 

We have a lovely group of ladies who come in regularly to listen to our children read.  If this is something you are interested in please let your classroom teacher know.

Rooms 5 and 6 Construction Club

Room 5 and 6 have created Curiosity Clubs based on different interests. We have a Construction Club, Cooking Club and Computer Club. Each club has a different purpose. The Construction Club have made 5 picnic tables to create an outside workspace for learning and eating.Maulder and the sponsorship of materials and tools from Placemakers Taupo. A huge shout out for making this possible. We are really looking forward to utilising this new space.
 
This could not have been done without the help of Glynn and Zac!
BIG THANKS to our Ironkidz Committee and everyone who supported this amazing event.  The committee decided that this year's profits will go towards improving the internal teaching and learning space of Rooms 17 & 18.  They are in a very poor state and while the general configuration of the space is there an investment in upgrading the rooms and providing a better connection between the learning spaces for our learners and teachers is seen as being a priority for our School's development.

These improvements will support our development of the Junior School learning programme that seeks to fully utilise the space and enable the teaching skills that that team bring to our school within their learning environment.

The Junior Team have started the planning for this, with changes due to begin later in Term 2. Part of this planning process involves us working out how far we can make the money and how we can utilise some of our wonderful parent expertise to support this.

Room 16 URGENTLY NEEDS LEMONS

We're making lemonade to sell next Tuesday when it is St Johns GOLD day to raise money for the 'not so fortunate' but we desperately need more lemons. If you have any lemons please take to Room 16 by Monday morning. 
Waipahihi School App
If you haven't already please download our school app, it's free
The purpose of this app is to provide you with a convenient way to receive all school notifications.  This includes alerts, newsletter, news and date of events that you can sync to your calendar.
There is also the ability to notify the school office of any absences, straight off your smart phone from anywhere.
To download and get into it the App Store Direct Links - 


APPLE Appstore

ANDROID Playstore 
Lost Property
Please check or have your child check as this will be taken to the Salvation Army shop tomorrow after school.

Casper, Dars and Rory with the New Defibrilator 
Thank you to everyone who bought sausages last year to purchase this defibrilator for our school and community.

An especially big thank you to Ian Foster and the team at  Industrial Tube Manufacturing Co. Ltd. who kindly donated Half of the cost. 
NETBALL DRAW - Saturday 8 April 

9.30am    Waipahihi Tactix - Court 4 
9.30am    Waipahihi Pulse - Court 5
10.30am   Waipahihi All Stars - Courts 1 & 2 (2 games)
10.30am   Waipahihi Mystics - Courts 10 & 9 (2 games)
Hockey
Training  for all teams starts next week on Tuesday 11th April straight after school at the Hockey Turf  between 3.15pm - 4.15pm. Will meet your coaches on this day.  You require stick, shin pads and mouthguard and normal sneakers, no sprigs please.
Basketball - Wednesday 12 April

 4.00pm    Waipahihi Warriors - Court 3
4.45pm    Waipahihi Wolves - Court 3

 
Under 11's Rugby
Teams are in need of more players - would your child like to play?  Register them at www.sporty.co.nz or
contact Kerry - 027 230 9850
Help Request
 
My daughter's gymnastics class has changed it's time for next term and I don't finish work earlier enough to get her there. Is anyone heading to Mt Tauhara Gymnastics Club for 3.30 on Tuesday and/or Friday. Do you have a spare seat? I can do the homeward journey.  
 
Contact Emma 027 859 5192 if you can help. Thank you.
DYSLEXIA SUPPORT TAUPO IS HERE FOR YOU...
A dedicated group of parents is working hard to support parents and caregivers of children with Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties.  
Contact Information: email - taupodyslexia@gmail.com,
mobile 022 086 3328 or find them on Facebook.

 
Click on the image above to access our shared calendar online.
Tena koutou katoa
Nga mihi ki a koutou
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