Thursday, 11 September 2014

Principal News Week 8 Term 3

Staff v Year 8 Daffodil Day Netball Challenge
Congratulations to the victorious Year 8 team who broke the drought and won the annual Daffodil Day fundraising game last Thursday 12 goals to 8.
This netball challenge began in 2010 and the staff have managed to win all of the previous games !!!
The game was played in good spirits for a very worthy cause. Thank you for all of your donations.We raised a total of $282 for the cancer society.
 School Garden Club
Our new school garden came to life this afternoon with the support of the Community Garden Coordinators, helpers and students. Thanks to our whanau for donations of cuttings. The children planted potatoes, lettuces,onions, strawberries, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower. A tray of vegetables were also donated to us from from Mitre 10. Our garden club will take place every Thursday afternoon from 2-3 pm. We still need some more parent helpers. Please let us know if you would like to join the gardening team and help our children reap the rewards.

Bagpipe Lessons
Mr Olsen, the principal of St Kevin's and some student helpers have started coming to school each Thursday to teach our Year 7's to play the chanter. This is in preparation for them learning the bagpipes.Thanks Mr Olsen.
Staff as Learners
On Tuesday our teachers joined the staff from Weston and Papakaio schools at Weston for our second combined staff learning event as part of our Learning and Change Network. The first one was held here at St Joseph's a few weeks ago and focused on consistency of 'kid's speak' learning progressions in reading, writing and maths across our network. This time we focused on 'student agency'. Miss Huls has already shared some of this learning on her blog. You can learn more about student agency by clicking here.
This is the short video that I made that explains how we are learn together us part of a community of learners as part of a sustainable network. You can read more about this by clicking here.
Click here to go to this video

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