From the Principal
We are nearly at the end of a long and unusual school term. I’m not sure if it’s been 12 weeks or 22 weeks. What I do know is that everyone is looking forward to a break to recharge the batteries before the start of Term 3.
Firstly - what is the PTA (Parent Teacher Association)? It’s a group of Mums and Dads (YES, dads can join too) whose children are students at school. They volunteer their time to run/help out with fundraising for the school.
Over the next few weeks the PTA and Staff will be shoulder tapping you to come along to the next PTA AGM. We are at a pivotal time where we have a few members stepping down in the coming year.
Each year the PTA organises many events such as; Sausage sizzles, Coast to Coast meals, supporting community events, discos, Quiz Nights and much more.
The money raised throughout the year is gifted back to the school to help out with funding for things above and beyond our school budget like; out of school trips / sports uniforms / playgrounds /sports equipment / iPads / school camps / play equipment.... What would your child like to have at school? You can make it happen!
We meet a couple of times a term at school or offsite. Meetings are to discuss upcoming events and how previous events went. The Board of Trustees gives a verbal report on up to date information regarding the school. The principal gives a verbal report on a general day to day business. It's a really good way to keep involved and up to date in your children's school life.
If you're a parent or caregiver, you are welcome to come along and join the team in and help in whatever way, big or small, you can. More hands make light work.
We would love to see you come along on Monday 3rd August (venue to be confirmed) – we won’t ask you to be president or treasurer (although let me know if you want to). It’s a fun way to meet new people and support our children and school at the same time.
We have a huge amount of lost property that needs a home before the end of the term. There are jackets, jerseys, polo tops, shorts and I’ve lost count on the number of socks (pairs and odd). This is a timely reminder to check that your child’s uniform is named (including shoes and gumboots). Let’s work together to have no lost property in Term 3.
Respecting our Belongings
This week we have had a big push on looking after our belongings, especially in the cloak bays and keeping our bathrooms clean and tidy.
I’m sure a number of you are wondering, ‘what is Vistab? It’s our simple and easy to use sign-in procedure for our school (nothing to do with COVID). It records the relevant information for children leaving during the day and visitors and relievers coming and going, this allows us to access critical information for health & safety or in the event of an emergency evacuation. When should you use Vistab? When your child is late to school, you are picking your child up early, if you are here for a meeting or helping with an onsite activity. The ‘Vistab’ sits on the counter in the office and it’s very easy to use.
Thank you to those who returned their interview time preferences. If you have not returned your slip we will slot in a time for you. If you cannot make it, please let Karen know and you can arrange another time to meet with your childs teacher.
The timetable will be sent home tomorrow.
Toys at School
We have so many wonderful resources for our children to use while they are at school, yet we still see several toys and books turning up. It is difficult for the staff to keep track of these and sometimes they can cause issues between children. Please encourage your child to leave them at home (especially the breakable toys). Scooters, skateboards and bikes are fine, just remember the helmet.
Malvern Sports (X-Country and Swimming)
As you will appreciate, the school calendar is very different today than it was when we first set out on our learning journey with your children at the beginning of the year. COVID-19 has forced us to all to rethink our priorities for the year; focus more on the well-being of our school communities and take a hard look at what is important to us right now. At a local, regional and national level, this has seen the cancellation of numerous community events, including many of our annual Malvern and Canterbury fixtures.
Our initial response to the COVID-19 was to cancel Malvern events to ease the pressure on schools and communities and to allow our children time to settle back into school. This was a relatively straight-forward decision given that the purpose of many of our sporting fixtures here in Malvern is to select students to progress onto the Canterbury Championships and that the learning programmes in our school had been disrupted due to COVID.
The dilemma we now face is that Canterbury has rescheduled the Cross Country and Swimming Championship for later in the year and we do not have any planned Malvern events to select students to progress onto them. This prompted much discussion at a Tumuaki/Principal level, as to whether we could/should add extra events into our already busy calendar later in the year to cater for these. We have collectively agreed that although we cannot do every event, we do want to give our children the opportunity to participate in those events we have the means to run well and which will cause the least disruption to our plans for the rest of the year.
Acknowledging the challenges of running swimming sports in Winter and the relative ease of running a Malvern Cross Country, we have chosen not to participate in the 2020 Canterbury Swimming Championships, but do intend to run a modified Malvern Cross Country on Friday 31 July 2020, at the Hororata Domain. This All-Comers event is for those Year 5-6 students who would like to have a go and/or qualify to progress onto the Canterbury Cross Country in August. I’m aware we haven’t had the opportunity to run our cross country this term so this optional event for Year 5-6 children capable of completing the 2.0km course will be great. I’ll have further information regarding this event at the start of Term 3.
TOD’s (Teacher Only Days)
We have three TOD’s coming up, one in Term 3 on the 11th August for staff to continue on their learning journey with Maths. Term 4 we have two days close together Thursday 12th November for all schools in Malvern district and Monday 16th November, keeping in mind Show Day is Friday.
Our lovely Beryl has decided she has had enough cleaning for now and wants to pursue some other interests. This means we will be needing a new cleaner next term.
The position is 12.5 hours a week with flexible start and finish times, but you would need to work every day. If you would like to know more about the position please contact Nigel. We will have a brief job description available and full training will be given.
Thank you, morning tea
This morning the staff and Board thanked Judith for her principalship during Term 1. Like me, Judith finished Term 1 in unusual fashion, so it was great to have her back today. We also thanked Millie who is stepping down from Staff Rep on the Board, Millie spent 5 years in this role, which is a great achievement. We will be welcoming Karyn Scollay onto the Board to fill the role.
Mufti Day Tomorrow
I’ve heard a rumour that there’s a mufti day tomorrow, yes someone let it out!! As you all know by now, my loyal colours are blue and gold, so I hope you’ll join me!! However, I do have a funny feeling I may end up in a sea of red and black.
The Student Council decided they would like to support the Darfield Food Bank instead of paying a coin for Mufti day. Please bring along a can of spaghetti or anything else that is not perishable.
My first term
Just a big THANKS for making me feel so welcomed over the past term. The children have been outstanding (although getting tired now – I still haven’t worked it out yet, a 12- or 22-week term??), the staff – your children are very lucky to have such an outstanding team of educators who support the children above and beyond the call of duty – The BOT for all their efforts that goes in behind scenes. The PTA for their support, don’t forget PTA AGM ‘we need you!’. And parents, caregivers and grandparents’ thanks for all your kind and supportive emails, phone calls, chats and coffees over the past term.
Go and have a holiday, see you in Term 3!
I really need all those student information forms filled in and sent back to me please. I will send home a hard copy with your children tonight. I would really appreciate it if you can return them tomorrow please so I can try to get this organised over the holidays.
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From the PTA - Mud Plug 6th September.
This is an important fundraiser for the Sheffield Fire Brigade and they need our help.
PTA are selling sausages and bacon sandwiches etc
We are needing some BBQ helpers for Sunday 6th September at the Mud Plug, This is a really fun family day out, so if you can help for a small amount of time on that day please get in touch with Sarah Wright Sarah 0211575346 or the school office. Also you will get free entry into the event.
Sausages starting up next term.
Wine glasses and cheese. A bit random!! Please see any PTA committee member for details.
Darfield High School Open Night