School Athletics Day

Next Wednesday the 23rd November, we are all off to our School Athletics Day at Massey Park.
Here is the expected timetable that we will try and stick to if you were planning on popping up to come and cheer on your kids for a particular event. We always love having parents come and help, so please let us know if you can help out.

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We are hoping that the weather is nice to us. We will keep you posted if the weather is a bit iffy…
Hoping for another great day!

Charter Chats -Please join us!

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-10-58-34-amEarlier this term I wrote to outline an important opportunity for you to be involved in the setting of direction and planning for the next 3-5 years in our school. I now wish to confirm arrangements for this.

During the next few weeks we are hosting a number of ‘Home Chats’ as detailed below.  These are being held mostly during the evening, in homes scattered across the community and will involve an informal chat around the future direction of the school. We value your involvement and are hopeful that you will make time to join us at one of these.

What can you expect?  Full letter with return slip attached here. (Please also note a copy is going home with students this week)

Best regards to you all,
David

Scale A Teacher Vacancy

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-9-38-59-amAn opportunity has become available to be part of our forward thinking, dynamic school. The school’s vision is to ‘inspire agency, creativity and excellence both within and beyond the four walls of the classroom’. If you are a collaborative team player and want to be part of making this vision become a reality, please apply.

Full information about how to apply is linked here.

RSS Gets Moving Smart

file_002 This week has seen a very exciting new learning programme for RSS,  called ‘Moving Smart’ (P.M.P) beginning across the Papatuanuku team (Junior) and some Ranginui team classes.  ‘Moving Smart’ has a Floor session, Equipment session and Language follow up sessions.  The Floor sessions and Language follow up sessions can be part of th e ‘in class’ programme and the equipment sessions will be in the hall. ‘Moving Smart’ looks at further developing our learners in two of our seven senses – the vestibular and proprioceptive senses (balance, co-ordination and where their body is in relation to their envirfile_000onment).

“By understanding the “learning nexus” between a young child’s brain and body, PMP works to develop children’s physical motor skills that provide the foundations necessary for success in their early school years – while equipping educators with a new set of diagnostic tools and remediation techniques to help children make the leap to a lifetime of learning.” (Moving Smart).file_004

I would like to invite anyone who is interested in seeing the equipment, learning about this progressive programme and seeing some of this in acton to come along next Friday, 21st October at 1:45 in the art space.  Looking forward to seeing you there. Nga mihi, Mel

Scooter Park Opens


screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-29-38-am I’ve been really impressed by the way your children have managed themselves as they become familiar with the scooter park and in particular, show consideration for all others doing the same. It’s a beautiful thing. Like with any new endeavor, there have been a few bumps and scrapes –in almost all cases your children have got up, brushed themselves down (composed themselves) and got back scootering. No one wants to miss out.

We have put an interim protocol together which screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-29-07-am
is linked here. This is the basis of our health and safety plan.  We ask you all to support safe use of this facility during those out of school times that your family might come down to use it, and in particular, to only allow scooters on it.  Like our swimming pool we see this as a family friendly facility, where the focus is on the enjoyment and safety of young children.

 

Inspiring Agency, Creativity & Excellence