Kia ora koutou
Sun and soup - a wonderful way to end the term today! We were grateful to Rebecca from the PTA for coming in today and heating up the frozen soup that was leftover from the Matariki Hui last week. We had 18 litres of soup left, and it was all very keenly consumed at lunchtime today. We were very impressed at how many children love vegetable soup!
Cybersafety - especially over the holidays
We encourage families to monitor children's social media activity closely, especially over the holiday period. We know that device time can be a real obsession for some of our children and we also know that many children are not yet able to navigate the wide range of social media platforms that they may have access to.
Please be especially vigilant of SnapChat. This is a popular platform among many of our children. The recommended age for SnapChat is 13, and one of the very real challenges of this platform is that ANYONE, whether known to your child or not, can make contact through SnapChat and can invite a user to interact with them. This feature alone makes SnapChat a highly unsafe environment for children to be in without very close supervision. Children can also invite their friends into groups, and groups that start as friendly places for communication, can easily and often become toxic if not carefully managed and monitored.
Wheelchair Rugby - Students vs Staff
As part of our schoolwide learning theme of "Innovation", your Year 7 & 8 team have been looking at innovation in the design of sports equipment for people with disabilities. We were fortunate to be able to access the wheelchair rugby chairs, courtesy of Parafed. As well as spending time looking at the design, and trying out the incredibly maneuverable wheelchairs, the students challenged the staff to a 'no holds barred' game of wheelchair rugby in the hall yesterday! Probably due to the fact that there was no running involved, the students' fitness advantage disappeared and the staff were the winners on the day!
From all of our staff, have a safe and restful holiday. We look forward to seeing you all at school again on Monday 17 July.
Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings - Tumuaki
Mon 17 Jul - Term 3 starts
Wed 19 Jul - PTA/Student Council Mid-winter breakfast 8:00 - 8:45am - all welcome (see blurb below)
Fri 21 Jul - 9:15am - Welcome Assembly
Fri 28 Jul - 10am Celebration Assembly
Fri 4 Aug- PTA Discos - see below for details
Fri 11 Aug - 10am Celebration Assembly
Fri 18 Aug - School Closed - Staff Only Day
Wed 23 Aug - 5:30pm - BOT Meeting - Staffroom
Wed 23 Aug - 7:30pm - PTA meeting - Staffroom
Fri 25 Aug - 10am Celebration Assembly
Fri 8 Sep - 10 am Celebration Assembly
Thu 14 Sep - am - Year 8 testing at Cashmere High
Wed 20 Sep - 5:30pm - BOT Meeting - Staffroom
Fri 22 Sep - 10am Celebration Assembly
Fri 22 Sep - final day of Term 3
Term Dates for next year
At our Board Meeting this week, our Board confirmed the Term Dates for 2024. If you click on the link below, you will be able to view them, and you can also download a printable copy if you want one for the fridge!
Citizen of the Week
Ruvi Lawrence - Year 5
Ruvi, you are motivated, energetic, outgoing and fun! We are lucky to have you as a positive role model in our hub. You have an inquisitive mind and are highly engaged, embracing any challenge with enthusiasm. You have the self-confidence and persistence to make anything possible and regularly make interesting connections in your learning. Ka pai tō mahi, Ruvi.
Picking up students from school
From time to time we get advised that a person, other than a listed contact for a student, will be picking them up from school. In these instances, we would really appreciate having the contact details for this person to ensure that we are able to contact them if there is any confusion around pick-up time/place for a student.
In these instances please phone the office on 03 3371404 or email email@example.com
Amber's home group - rescheduled Learning Conferences
We are very pleased to have Amber back at school again, and have rescheduled her home group Learning Conferences for Thursday 20th July
, Week 1 of next term. To book, please go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz
and put in the code: wca24
School Donations and Tax rebates
Claiming back 33% of your School Donations and Contributions from the IRD
A reminder that via the IRD you may be eligible to claim back 33.33 cents for every dollar you donate to the school. This includes both school donations and contributions towards camps.
You are now able to produce your own Tax Donation Receipt from your Hero Login, for the tax year ending 31st March 2023.
Note you will need to do this by signing in through your browser, not in the app.
Rachel, our account officer, will be sending out statements through HERO early next week. Thank you to everyone who has made contributions to the school donation already. We rely on your donations to be able to provide the many different supports to the curriculum that we do.
If you have any other queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the office on 337 1404.
Midwinter Breakfast - Wednesday 19th July
Get your PJs on for the return of our annual midwinter breakfast!
Come to school in your pyjamas (or uniform) from 8am on Wednesday 19th July for warm porridge or weetbix. Don't forget to bring a bowl and a spoon! Whānau welcome. Please bring a can of food to donate to the City Mission.
Friday 4th August is the new date for the PTA Discos
Bring a gold coin and come along and boogie the afternoon/evening away.
New Entrants and Year 1-2, will have their disco from 2.00-2.45.
Year 3/4 - 4.00-4.45
Years 5/6 - 5.10-6.10
Years 7/8 - 6.30-7.30
Our Board are working on developing a new Strategic Plan that will take us into the next two years. To support the thinking that is happening on this, we invite you to contribute your feedback, if you haven't already. Some of you have completed paper forms, and the feedback can also be submitted through this online form
(Notices placed here are contingent on space and do not reflect the views or opinions of the school.)
Exciting Opportunity for Aspiring Junior Chefs!
Introducing the Junior Chef Course, designed to unleash your child’s culinary potential!
Duration: 5 days
Start Date: 3 – 7 July 2023
Time: 9am – 12pm (8 – 12 year old)
1pm - 5pm (13 - 17 year old)
Location: International Culinary Studio Training Kitchen, 1/57 Warrington St, Christchurch.
Give your child the gift of being self-sufficient in the kitchen! They’ll learn essential culinary skills, techniques, and gain hands-on experience under the guidance of experienced chefs.
Bring your own electronic device, such as a laptop or tablet, to fully engage with digital resources and take our learning to the next level.
Total Cost: $300 per student
Lecturers: Cheryl and Chef Andy will be teaching the kids a great set of skills. Below are some details of what they will be teaching the kids during the 5 day programme.
Day 1: Create the Perfect Pizza with Toppings.
Learn different Icing Techniques for Icing a Cupcake.
Day 2: Learn to make Shaped Bread Rolls
Make a Country Vegetable Soup.
Day 3: Learn to make Fresh Pasta and a Tasty Beef Sauce.
Day 4: Stuff, Roll, Crumb and Roast a Chicken Thigh
Serve with a Vegetable Skewer.
Day 5: Create Home-made Cookie Dough to make five different flavoured Cookies.
Learn to make a range of Handcrafted Filled and Shaped Chocolates.
Empower your child with culinary expertise that will last a lifetime.
Whether they aspire to be the next MasterChef or simply want to enhance their
cooking skills, this course is a stepping stone to their culinary dreams. This course will also help them with their mathematics, reading and social skills.
Limited spots available, so don’t miss out!
Join us at the Junior Chef Course and watch your child blossom into a talented chef.
Enroll today and ignite their passion for the Culinary Arts!
We will only run the course if more than 10 people register.
T & C’s Apply
Play Baseball in Christchurch
The Christchurch Astros are looking for neighbourhood teams to play in the upcoming 2023/24 season
Start your own neighbourhood team (including coach) and we will help you coordinate competitive games against teams from around Christchurch.
If you cannot find enough players for a team, the Astros can help with the combination of programmes near to you.
- Starting school term 4
- Age groups ranging from 5 - U16
- No prior experience needed
- Limited coaching sessions available to help get started
- Equipment available for competitive games
- Practices to be held locally but games occur bi-weekly at Avonhead Park