Kia ora whanau!
Haven't we been blessed with the weather these holidays? After the cyclone that wasn't the weather has been fantastic - I have spotted quite a few MBASers and their parents still enjoying the beach.
The link up above for the Term 2 homework book is now live and the focus is My Community with students doing a range of activities to learn about the important people and events in their community. Their final task is to research an issue in their community and provide ideas for a solution.
Kia ora whanau!
What a way to end the term! Thankfully it didn't come to much for us, but let's spare a thought for those in the Bay of Plenty for whom it was a lot worse. Being prepared and then being disappointed is a lot better than being without power for days or having to wade through silt to recover your belongings.
We hope you all have safe and happy times with your family and we'll see you all next term.
Don't forget to check the lost property before the end of the week as after that, it won't be there!
An interesting "snippet" on the Breakfast show this morning on transitional classrooms and a bit about play based learning.
Those people with children in our Foundation class or Years 1 and 2 will be a little more familiar with this philosophy, but you may not have realised that the underpinning rationale behind learning through play pedagogies is something we are investigating and implementing in various ways right across our primary school. You can read more about this HERE. Many of our primary staff are giving up time during their holiday break to work with the consultants from Longworth Education, whom we are hosting on the 26th and 27th April.
We had an AWESOME morning at our Years 3-6 Swim Carnival today...lots of colour, lots of fun, lots of house spirit.
Tainui won the "Best Dressed House"
Mercury won the "Best Chant".
And the points at the end of the day.....
A big thank you to all of those parents who dressed up as well - it was wonderful to see you in your colours too!
Friday 17th March
Over the last few months there has been a great deal of discussion around our Tsunami evacuation policy. An open day was held in town in January and a further forum in our library a couple of weeks ago. As a result of the information received from the latest scientific modelling that has been completed, we would no longer be evacuating to the Moewai Sports grounds - we would remain at school. There are a lot of variables to take into account with all the possible scenarios, and it is really important that people get their heads around the science and the implications of our (draft) policy. Next Thursday 23rd May there will be another forum held in the library from 7.00pm and I urge you all to attend so you can ask the questions of the experts and help us to finalise our policy.
Please email Katherine at email@example.com if you are planning to attend. We would love to see you there.
Year 3-6 Swim Carnival - 10am Monday 20th at the school pool. Lots of shenanigans, lots of colour, lots of fun. Come join us. We expect to be finished by 12.30pm.
Parents of Year 4 girls, please check with your daughters that they have received the notice about the Self Defence classes that will be happening from March 27th. These free sessions are provided through the Women's Self Defence network and are offered to all Year 4 and Year 8 girls. If you do NOT want your daughter to participate, please email me or your child's classroom teacher.
Friday 3rd March
M1 and M3 had a fantastic time at Otama working with DoC as part of our "Dune Buddies" initiative. It was an amazing experience. Click HERE to see more information about this initiative and some gorgeous photos.
There have still been some issues with our lunch orders - please make sure you are using the correct form and that orders are placed in a ziplock bag rather than an envelope, as it helps our monitors check them more easily.
Lunch order form
We have a new page for notices that may be of interest to our school community. If you are part of a club or have a notice that may be of interest or benefit to our primary school community, please email me and I can add you to the page.
Check out M4's bio poems and their Whatu Pokeka HERE
Friday 24th February
The picture below is from M8, Mrs Lidgard's Year 3 and class. They created this display as part of their inquiry into whanaungatanga. The students brought in the feathers from home (thank you chickens!) and the orange and blue were created with paper that have the the students' ideas written on them. Mrs Lidgard and her students are very proud of what they have created, as they should be.
All of our classes have been talking together about the concept of whanaungatanga and what that means for us as individuals and as a school community. When you come to visit next Wednesday, you will see this expressed in many different ways.
We would like to invite you all to a “Meet the Teacher” opportunity on Wednesday, March 1st. We need to be clear that this is not a time to talk about your individual child’s achievement or needs, but rather an opportunity to get to know how the class works, get to know the teacher a little better and also meet some of the other parents of students’ in your child’s class.
You can make an appointment with your child’s teacher at any time to talk about their progress. Monday or Thursday afternoons are usually the best as we have meetings on other days. Please click HERE for the email contact addresses should you need them.
1.30 - 2.00pm In the library. Ms Surtees and I will be hosting a session about the “big picture” of our primary school, the vision and how we are working towards achieving it. This session is suitable for any parent regardless of the level of the primary school that their child in.
From 2.15 onwards we will also be there with activities, resources etc in relation to helping your child at home.
2.15 - 2.45 the Year 1 and 2 teachers will be hosting a session in their rooms for their parents.
2.45- 3.15 - the Year 3 and 4 teachers and Whaea Jean will be hosting a session in their rooms for their parents.
3.15 - 3.45 - the Year 5 and 6 teachers will be hosting a session in their rooms for their parents.
It would be really helpful for us to know how many people to expect, so we would appreciate you filling in the appropriate form below to RSVP to this event.
Meet the Teacher - Library Session 1.30pm - 2.00pm
Years 1 and 2 Meet the Teacher 2.15pm -2.45pm
Years 3 and 4 Meet the Teacher 2.45pm -3.15pm
Years 4-6 Roopu Meet the Teacher 2.45pm - 3.15pm
Years 5 and 6 Meet the Teacher 3.15pm - 3.45
Kia ora whanau!
It has been wonderful to see how quickly all of our students have settled back into school.
Already this year our Year 5 and 6s have been involved in sailing and trials for Thames Valley Swimming, and that was within the first 5 days! It can make it hard to keep up with all the goings on, so having an up to date email address is vital, as this is our first mode of communication. If you have received this newsletter, you’re ok! If you’re talking to friends who say they never hear from us, please tell them to check what email address we are holding.
The TV Swimming trials went “swimmingly” on Monday, finished by 11.00. This event is only for swimmers who can swim a length or more and who wish to trial to compete at the Thames Valley Swim Championships in March. Those students who are eligible will be notified in due course. Please save the date of Monday 20th March for our Year 3-6 Swim Carnival - this is where you will see all of us showing off our skills and competing for house points. It will be crazy, but fun so dust off your house colours because there will be prizes or house points for the best dressed parents.
We had some new records and some records broken.
Josh Markowski 100m Back 2.04.10 & 100m Breast 2.47.46.
Chelsea Springer 25m Breast 34.31
Josh Markowski -
Record broken from 2014 held by Liam Bloma 1.09.12 NR 50m Breast 1.08.82
Mark Johnston records broken - NR 50m Free 42.35 was held by Jakub Markowski.
NR 50m Backstroke 58.49 was held by Jack Williams 1.01.25
Leon Melde records broken NR 50m Freestyle 49.93 Held by Roimata Hale 52.56.
50m Backstroke NR 55.41 held by Mark Johnston 1.03.06
We are continuing to learn about and craft an environment that promotes curiosity, wonder and a sense of playness. Please click on the link below to see some of our thinking (and creating!) so far.http://mbasprimary.weebly.com/creating-our-playful-environment.html
We have a “Meet the Teacher” evening planned for Wednesday March 1st, but as always, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or myself at any stage to discuss their progress or any questions you may have.
It's been a fantastic start to the year, with all the students quietly settled into their classes and working by 9.15am on the first day. Thank you to all of you for helping them get to their new classes on time, with their stationery - it really does make a positive difference to their first day of school.
By now you should have received a letter from your teacher introducing themselves and letting you know about the important "stuff" for your child's class, like swimming and library times and things they need to bring to school.You can communicate directly with your child's teacher via email, and if you have lost it already you can find them, along with the class weebly addresses HERE .
The pictures below are of our first group of sailors who went out with the crew from Volvo for the "Have a Go" days. The 24 students who participated had an amazing time. Look out next week for some writing from them about the experience.
Some of our students have been writing "bio poems" this week.
click HERE to read some of them.
Kia ora whanau!
One last long weekend and then it's back to school!
Our team has been hard at work over the last couple of days working together to plan an amazing year for our students. I feel very privileged to work with such an incredible bunch of people who are so committed to creating a safe, responsive and motivating environment for our students.
Our overarching theme for Term 1 is "Whanaungatanga".
The dictionary describes whanaungatanga as:
1. (noun) relationship, kinship, sense of family connection - a relationship through shared experiences and working together which provides people with a sense of belonging. It develops as a result of kinship rights and obligations, which also serve to strengthen each member of the kin group. It also extends to others to whom one develops a close familial, friendship or reciprocal relationship.
So in a nutshell, we will be exploring the connections our students have and developing and strengthening our connections with our students and their whanau. Good strong relationships provide the foundations needed to "Grow good people" and "Grow good learners", which is what we are here for.
Digital communication is the easiest and most efficient way for us to communicate with you. From the beginning of this year you will notice that there will be less and less written notices coming home. You will receive a newsletter each week, along with an email from me. Your children's teachers will also be sending information home via email so it is vitally important that we have your correct email address. Teachers will also update you with the latest from their classes on their class websites which can be found HERE.
This Saturday we will be putting up the "little pool" ready for the Year 1s and 2. We had excellent feedback from our "Learn to Swim" tutors about the improvement in our students' skills. If you have time on Saturday to give us a hand for an hour or so, we'd greatly appreciate it. We will be by the activity room, starting at 9.00am.
Enjoy the long weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.
Deputy Principal (Primary)
Kia ora whanau!
I hope you and your family have enjoyed these summer holidays together. My family and I certainly enjoyed the opportunity to kick back and take things at a slightly slower pace. I measured my holiday by the number of books I was able to read - final score...20! Our children loved the holiday programme at the library, swimming (once casts were off) painting and finding rocks (Thanks Jo Martin for getting this started) and getting to see what a Seaside Carnival looks like without the rain!
There are still two weeks to go, so plenty of time to get any uniform or stationery sorted. The Warehouse and Paper Plus have got all your stationery needs and if you've forgotten exactly what you need, they even have the lists! You can also find the lists HERE. This week The Warehouse is also holding a VIP evening/session from 3pm where there is 30% of our school uniforms. It is important to help our children start the year with the correct uniform and stationery from day one - it sets the tone for the rest of the year. If you're having trouble achieving this, please contact me email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see what we can do to help.
Enjoy these last couple of weeks with your family. We look forward to seeing you on the 7th!
Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd May
Thursday May the 4th - Click HERE for more details
Star Wars Day