Thursday, 22 August 2019

1. Principal's News Week 5 Term 3 2019

Kapa Haka
With the North Otago Hui Ako coming up next week the numbers in our core kapa haka group have swelled and we have 59 children who have taken up the challenge to be up to speed with the items and ready to perform next week.  The children are fantastic.  We asked them to learn things in their own time.  And they have.  We are training them up to keep their mana when they face a full audience.  So they led at mass this morning. 

Tomorrow they will perform at assembly.  They are not 100% ready, we still have Monday to practice, but please come to assembly and support your children's work.  Let them know that the energy and passion they are putting out there is appreciated and hits the mark.  That will build them up even more for next week.  We will start assembly promptly at 2.30pm and they will be performing towards the end.  Thank you.

A big thank you to Cat Campbell who is our advisor.

Their performance will be around 1.15pm in the Opera House on Tuesday.  Please come.

Daffodil Day
There will be a Mufti Day next Friday for Daffodil Day and we will play our traditional year 8 versus teachers netball game starting at 1.15pm.  This will be followed by assembly starting at about 2.20pm where our Cross Country prizes will be given out.  Join us for the fun.  Children can wear yellow and please bring a gold coin donation.  All proceeds will go to Cancer support in North Otago.

Cultural Consultation
Representatives from our Pasifika, Chinese and Filipino communities met on Tuesday night to discuss our next three year strategic plan.

We talked about expectations from school and what sort of personal qualities employers look for.  Some of the things that came out were respect, honesty, diligence, kindness and resilience.  Our families wish to be part of a safe, inclusive, diverse community in North Otago.

To enable this to happen we discussed friendship and the openness and willingness to reach out to others, listen to them, find out about their lives and to get involved in community activities.  Our ideal community will not tolerate discrimination and members will actively work to support and help each other.

As a school with the privilege of educating the next generation we know we have some part in creating the world we all want to live in and so we take our community's aspirations seriously when we make our school plans.

Recent Whole Community Consultation

Each week I will feed a bit back about this recent consultation.  This week it's the vision:

Learning around the school
We keep our RE, reading, writing and maths programs as priorities.  Here are some of the other things we have been doing this week:

One of the most challenging leadership tasks for our year 8 leaders is preparing and leading our house choirs

Library time

Sharing their kites 

Library time

Some of our six year old girls decided to turn the camera on me 

Our year 8 girls at Cross Country

Ball skills

Some of our year 8 boys at Cross Country

The tents are out - Spring must be coming
God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

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