Kia ora koutou
It was amazing for our teachers to catch up with so many of you over the two learning conference days. Thank you so much for making the time to set the year up so well for your children and to ensure that you met with teachers. We know that the children have been mostly excited (and a bit nervous for some) about being back at school, and we hope you have had happy children at the end of each day yesterday and today.
Please remember that any concerns or wonderings should always be communicated to the child's hom group teacher in the first instance. Email is ideal if you don't see them in passing, and they will always endeavour to respond to you within 24 hours.
We apologise in advance if we have some communication challenges in the upcoming few weeks - we have just this week switched over to a new student mangement computer system and some of our data hasn't switched well from the old system to the new one. It will take Jacky some time to go through the contact forms that you completed at learning conferences and make sure that we have your information correctly in the new system. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
I know our teachers have had a huge week this week, first preparing, then with learning conferences, and then yesterday and today teaching. We are all looking forward to the long weekend and then to establishing a more typical routine next week.
Have a great Waitangi Day on Monday!
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our Staff, Board, PTA, BOSCO picnic from 5-7pm next Friday, 12th Feb. Bring your picnic/fish'n'chips and a blanket, and come along and meet up with other families. There will be some games, including Ki-o-rahi, and a bouncy castle.
Ngā mihi nui
Tumuaki - Principal
Mon 8 Feb SCHOOL CLOSED - WAITANGI DAY
Wed 10 Feb CSM Outreach Band programme enrolment evening 5-6pmFri 12th Feb
- School Picnic 5-7pm
Term DatesClick here to view 2021 term dates
School Donations, and $5 Stationery Charge
Many thanks to all of the families who have already paid their $5 stationery charge (for either pens or maths exercise books). This is very much appreciated. If you haven't yet paid, please would you arrange to do this next week.
We will shortly be sending out a request for the $150 school donation
. Remember that you can claim back 33% of this from the IRD, so effectively this is only costing you $100 per child. If you would like to get organised with a monthly or fortnightly payment for this we suggest the following amounts:
- fortnightly $5.75 per child = $149.50 /yr (or $10-$12 per Y7-8 child if you want to pay for most of camp across the year. There is no Y5/6 camp this year)
- monthly $12.50 per child = $150 /yr ($25 per Y7-8 child if you want to pay for most of camp across the year. There is no Year 5/6 camp this year)
Thank you to those families who have already set this up, or who have paid their donations already.
Sunhats are needed at school EVERY DAY
We are noticing a small number of children do not have their sunhats at school yet - PLEASE ensure that your child has a hat EVERY day. They need this to be able to participate in outside learning activities during the day.
Second Hand Uniform Shop (PTA)
The PTA run an amazing service for our community by offering second hand uniform for sale back to families at a very reasonable price. If you have good quality uniform that your children have grown out of and would like to donat it to the uniform shop, please bring it to the office, or take it to the uniform shop when it is open.
Mondays & Fridays from 2:50pm - 3:15pm
CSM Outreach Band programme at Beckenham for 2021...
There will be an info session about the CSM Outreach Band Programme this coming Wednesday, February 10th at 5pm in the Pōhutukawa Hub for parents and students (Years 5-8) to come and try the instruments, find out about costs and talk to the tutors. If you know that your child wants to enrol, or re-enrol for music lessons this year please fill in the link below re Band Enrolment. Band and lessons will start on the 17th of February.
Kapa Haka 2021
We are very excited to confirm that Whaea Cath Milio will continue as our Kapa Haka tutor this year. We will be offering kapa haka rōpū (groups) from Year 3 - Year 8, and Cath will be supporting the teachers in NE through to Year 2 with their hub programmes.
In the Kōwhai team, ALL children participate in Kapa Haka for Term 1.
From Year 5 through to Year 8, Kapa Haka becomes optional. Whaea Cath would like to open the Y5/6 and Te Whānau Mahi Tahi rōpū up to newcomers for the start of the year. If your child has not opted into Kapa Haka before, but would like to give it another try, they are able to join in for the first 4-5 weeks. At that point, all of the children will be asked to decide if they want to commit for the rest of the year.
We hope to see both our senior Kapa Haka groups increase in size up to around 40-45 members.
Please talk with your child (if they are in Y5-8) about taking up this opportunity.
Kapa Haka will happen on Friday mornings. Te Whānau Mahi Tahi from 9-9:45am, followed by Pōhutukawa Kapa Haka from 9:45 - 10:30am. These groups meet in the north BOSCO room.
Mana Ake “Drop-Ins” are continuing…
A number of whānau have already made great use of the Mana Ake “drop-ins” that are available on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 – 9:30am. These drop-in sessions are here to provide parents with an opportunity to have a private, informal conversation around the well being of their child with one of our Mana Ake workers (kaimahi). If you feel like you would like to attend a drop-in session, please book in a time via the link here: Mana Ake booking
The code to use is 88t39
. Alternatively, you can contact Jacky in the office and she will make a booking for you.
Our tamariki have asked for more basketball hoops so that they can practise shooting at break times. One idea they had was creating a backboard for one side of the double-sided netball hoops. We would love to hear from anyone interested in supporting us with this project. Please email Jenny at email@example.com
Parking in the 3min area on Sandwich Road
A reminder please, that the stretch of road adjacent to the Admin building on Sandwich Road is a 3min drop-off zone from 8:30-9:30am and 2:30-3:30pm on school days. This means drivers are not able to sit in their cars from 2:30pm waiting for children, or to park cars in this area and go into school. If you arrive early and wait for children, or if you need to get out of your car and come into school, please find an alternative place to park. Having this area just for drop-offs means that the traffic on Sandwich Road moves smoothly before and after school, and this is much safer for our children.