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Newsletter 1
12 February 2020
12 Hui-tānguru 2020



 
School Value for Term 1
Whakaute/Respect
Kia ora koutou katoa,

Ngā mihi o te tau hau! Welcome to school, I hope everyone has managed to relax and enjoy some time with friends and whānau over the break. The year has got off to a good start despite concerns about the possibility of Coronavirus on our doorstep. We all look forward to its containment and eradication. In the meantime, we’ll strive to keep you updated through Special Bulletins with any new information we are made aware of, in what is a rapidly changing environment.

With 2020 being the start of a new decade and the global discussion around education, I have been thinking about where our children will be in 2030. In a rapidly changing climate, the OECD (Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development) has some great insights into the future of education. Their framework, Future of Education and Skills 2030 aims to help education systems determine the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values students need to thrive in and shape their future. Here is some of the latest from the OECD,  https://www.oecd.org/education/2030-project/

This year will also see the start of several building projects. Dates have yet to be finalised however we hope to see the refurbishment of Rooms 5-8 during term two, and later on in the year, the demolition and start of a new double story block in place of Rooms 17-20. When the building begins we will make every effort to minimise the disruption to the children's learning.

A very warm welcome to Miss Erika Rodriguez. Miss Rodriguez will be teaching Year 3/4 in Room 7. We wish her all the very best as she embarks on her teaching career.

We will be holding a parent information evening on 24 February at 6.30pm for all parents interested in finding out more about our new cybersafety software 'Familyzone".  Everyone is welcome to come along and find out how they can keep their children safe in a challenging cyber environment. 

Last weekend we experienced some damage to our school. It was reported that there were a number of children riding bicycles around the school and that they were possibly responsible for the damage. If your child uses the school grounds to ride their bicycle please have a chat with them about their care of the property.   


Kind regards,

Gary Pasfield
Principal
Waimauku School

Roll 695
Attendance 90.62%
What's Coming Up 

Powhiri to welcome new whanau - Monday 17 February
2pm in the hall, all welcome

Board of Trustees Meeting - Thursday 20 February at 6pm

Family Zone Information Meeting - Monday 24 February

6:30pm in the hall, all welcome

Ngauruhoe Camp - Monday 2 March to Friday 6 March

Tongariro Team Swimming Sports - Friday 6 March
Families are welcome to come along and support our swimmers

Ngauruhoe Team Swimming Sports - Monday 9 March 
Families are welcome to come along and support our swimmers

Northwest Cricket Y7/8 - Tuesday 10 March

Kaipara Swimming Sports - Friday 13 March 
Students who excel at the team swimming sports will be invited to compete at the Kaipara competition

School Life

Safety After School
Please be aware that there has been an attempted abduction in the wider area and a very close call when a child was nearly run over while crossing Muriwai Road by the top court.

To keep our children safe please remember that after school:

- students being collected must wait on the top court until their parent arrives, as this area is supervised by staff.   Students are not to wait by their classrooms or in the junior playground


- students must only cross Muriwai Road or SH16 with a parent or school walking group 

If your child walks or cycles home now is a good time to remind them about ways to keep safe.

Start the year off well
The first few weeks of term are busy times as students settle back in to school life.  You can help by making sure your child has all the gear they need and developing routines at home to help them take responsibility for organising themselves.  If you missed the goal setting interviews and would like to touch base with your child's teacher please email them and arrange a time to come in for a chat.

Our students need to be at school, ready to learn at the 8:55am bell.  We know how important it is for children to have some time to feel organised and part of the group before the day starts, so please help them to be in school in time to unpack and socialise before the first bell goes.  8:30am is ideal as teachers are available in the classrooms from 8:30am to greet students and parents.


Children who are late for school (arriving after 8:55am) must report to the office to be signed in.  Late students disrupt the classroom so please ensure your children make it to school on time.

Medication at School
If your child has a new medical condition or now needs medicine to be kept at school please contact Maggie at the office maggie.reynolds@waimauku.school.nz 


Hats
School hats are compulsory in term one.  Students without a hat will need to sit in the shade at break times. Hats are on sale at the office for $10.

Thank You!
Thank you very much to our ex-student Harriet Barter for giving a generous donation to the school library.

Pita Pit
We are now trialling Pita Pit lunches from the North West store on Fridays.  Orders can be made on Kindo.

Absences
If your child is going to be absent for any reason please make sure you let the office know, not just their class teacher.  You can call the office on 411 8222 and leave a message at any time, email office@waimauku.school.nz or fill in the absence form on our website. 

Powhiri

Our term one powhiri, when we welcome our new students and whanau, will be held at 2pm on Monday 17 February.  All welcome.

Parking
Please do not park in the vet's carpark or at local businesses for school pick up.  The parks are for their customers - we would hate to see someone unable to get urgent help for their pet in an emergency.  

Please remember that no alcohol or dogs are allowed on the school grounds.  This includes the swimming pool so please no wine with your picnic dinner by the pool.  

Buses
Travel arrangements do not roll over from one year to the next so please let the office know if your child is catching an afternoon bus this year, we need to know which bus and what days.

Moved house or got a new phone for Christmas?
Please let us know any changes to contact details.

Health and P.E Survey
We recently sent out surveys to all our parents asking for feedback on the health and physical education programme.  If you did not receive the email please check your spam folder.  If you would like to participate please fill in the survey by 28 February.


Resource Amnesty
If you found any school journals, library books, readers (or any resources that were on loan to you) at home during the holidays please bring them in - no questions asked we will just be happy to have them back!

After School Basketball
If your son or daughter is interested in playing under 9 or under 11 basketball this term we will be having a meet your team day to put teams together. Please come along to the bottom court on Wednesday 12 February at 3:30pm.  All welcome.

Gorilla Bags
Having a tidy up and want an easy way to get rid of unwanted items?  We now have more Gorilla Bags available for purchase.  Order on Kindo or from the office, these bags are $150 and hold 3 cubic metres.

Did you know?
Check out the 'Information' page of our school website - www.waimauku.school.nz/information. There are copies of letters sent home, contact details for after-school activities, stationery lists and a mine of other useful info you may need.
Quicker than waiting for a response from Facebook!

Student Voice

PTA
The PTA had their first meeting of the year and 2020 is looking as busy as ever!
 
Muriwai Golf Day
 
Thursday 5th March sees the annual fundraising golf tournament teeing off at Muriwai Golf Club. It’s a fun-filled day with a great selection of prizes up for grabs and best of all, it’s an ambrose format – a team game meaning you don’t even have to be that flash! No official handicap required.   Get your team of 4 together and get an entry in – only 3 team spots remaining. These will fill fast.
 
The PTA will be running a raffle on the day and we also have a number of fantastic auction packages up for grabs. Bidding will be available online during the week leading up to the event, with the final auctions occurring on the day.
 
To enter your team, or to make any enquiries regarding the event, call Nigel Perkins on 027 457 0927 or email waimaukupta@gmail.com
 
Come and join the team!!
 
If you want to contribute to our school, be part of a fun, enthusiastic, supportive crew of people and put together awesome events for our kids and parents, then come and join the PTA. The committee meets once a month to plan and put together events to raise funds for the school - largely for the purchase of playground and educational equipment – and to support school activities (such as Greats and Grands). It's also a great way to get involved in the school and keep up to date with what is happening. Many hands make light work in the PTA and of course the more the merrier!
 
The PTA are holding their annual AGM on Monday 9th March at 7pm in the school staffroom. All welcome! Drinks and nibbles will be provided.
 
If you can’t regularly attend the meetings but are still keen to do your bit, we are putting together a Friends of the PTA network, for people who are happy to lend a hand as and when needed. We’ll keep you up to date with event planning and what’s coming up and where you can contribute your time, energy and ideas. If this sounds more like you please contact the PTA on waimaukupta@gmail.com
 
PTA Movie Night!!
 
The PTA are hoping to run an outdoor movie night at the end of this term .... however we are struggling to find a company that can run this for us at a reasonable price. Is there anyone local who can do this for us? Do you have an outdoor cinema at home which we could borrow? If you can help please contact the PTA on waimaukupta@gmail.com
 

 Can you help the PTA??
 
For each event the PTA runs or supports we are often seeking sponsorship or donations of goods or equipment, from local businesses to use as prizes, or for assistance to help run the event. If you have anything which you or your business could offer the PTA this year which could be gifted / used / borrowed please email waimaukupta@gmail.com.
 
Specifically items such as;
  • Tote Bags (or similar) to use for packaging up prizes (ideally 18-20 of the same or similar design)
  • Vouchers or items which could be used for prizes eg. Fun activities for kids
  • Food vending/catering companies (Food trucks, gourmet sausages etc)
  • Sun shade / shelters / seating / bean bags etc (we often need these for events)
 
The PTA is also open to ideas for future fundraising events – if you have a great idea please let us know! 

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Community Notices


WAIMAUKU LIONS GALA
On Sunday 29 March the annual Waimauku Lions Gala will be held at the Waimauku Village shops. The garage sale will open at 7.30am, and the other stalls will be open for business from 8.30am to 3pm. 

Come and enjoy this fun family event! All funds raised will go to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. They will be there with a helicopter simulator! There will also be pony rides, candy floss, a bouncy castle, face painting, food and more. Entertainment will be provided by buskers. 

We hope to see you all there to make this a successful community event. If you have any items for the garage sale, would like to have your own stall, or want to be one of the buskers, please email us on lionswaimauku@gmail.com
MARRZIPAN!
Is your child shy? Do they feel intimidated by the idea of public speaking and performance? Do they sometimes find it difficult to make eye contact? Do they just need 45 minutes a week to take part in organised craziness?! Come and join Marrzipan! We run awesome drama classes which focus on key life skills at your school! We play fun engaging games and perform at the end of term once to parents and once to the school. All scripts are original, engaging, educational and HILARIOUS. All parents receive weekly class reports too to keep them up to date on their child’s development. Give me a call to come along for a free trial, or just a chat to discuss how our classes can benefit your child's development.
Contact Jex on 027 521 7352 or email
info@marrzipandrama.co.nz

Thank you to those parents who have nominated our school when purchasing bulk fuel deliveries from Northfuels. For every 100 litres of fuel purchased, 50c is donated to our school, which can go towards sponsorship funds for a sports equipment package or a technology package.  We would appreciate any other parents nominating our school too if they also purchase from Northfuel. For more information, please visit  
www.northfuels.co.nz or call 0800 4 THE KIDS  (0800 484 3543). Many thanks for supporting Waimauku School! 
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