The staff and visitors were entertained at morning tea time, by a wonderful group of performers. It really made our day. Well done to these clever students that have been practising some pretty tricky music! We especially enjoyed singing along with the song ‘Six Months in a Leaky Boat’. Pictured are some of the recorder players -we were also entertained by students playing the ukulele.
We are presently preparing for Student Led Conferences (SLCs) to be held Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7. We are looking forward to meeting with you all. Details of how to book these times are being sent home this Wednesday. The letter of explanation is attached here and instructions on how to book your SLC are here. We’ve got pretty close to every student having a conference in years gone by but we haven’t yet hit the 100% mark. Can we do it this time?
The school values the place of play and children welcome opportunities in the grounds to be creative -upside down, tree climbing fitting into this category. They’ve even managed to keep their hats on! This was such a great lunchtime shot that we just had to post it.
A reminder to all that school is closed for the Easter break at the end of this week. Schools are closed from Friday until Tuesday. Several adults have asked about the Easter Tuesday -this has always been a holiday observed by schools (and determined by the Ministry of Education) for as long as anyone can remember, it’s just that we haven’t had many Easter breaks part-way through the term in recent years. We hope you all have a wonderful mini-break before the days get much shorter and cooler!
No doubt everyone has been hearing very positive stories about Camp 16. From all intents and purposes, it has been a resounding success. I want to extend a great thanks to the staff, parent helpers and El Rancho staff (and so many others) for making it the success it was. Pictured is Jordan, about to have his first go at kayaking. Elly’s in the driving seat! Look out for more stories and photos in days ahead.
A couple of weeks ago I read an article that really resonated with me in my role as an education leader and parent. The author expressed his growing concern for something he referred to as ‘violence creep’, a term he used to describe how young people are exposed and normalised to violence from games on their devices (iPads, play stations etc) and it is normalised because their peer group is doing it, the parents sanction it and the community in general allows it. Of course, his concerns are shared by many of us!