Tena Koutou Katoa

This week we welcome two teachers from Vanuatu, Evelyn Yaviong and Sontrine Malakai.  They will be with us for one week. Both teachers have welcomed our staff and students into their school in Vanuatu so it is nice to be able to reciprocate.  Some of you may meet them on Wednesday at the parent information evening for those going to Vanuatu.

Healthy Eating:

We seem to have an increasing number of students coming to school drinking fizzy drinks and eating sugary foods, e.g. donuts.  We assume these students are stopping at the local bakeries and dairies to purchase these items. While I don’t want to affect the income of these businesses, I do have a vested interest in the health of our students.  If you are giving your child money for school lunches I encourage you to use Kindo where you can pay online. If money is provided for breakfast then a reminder that our breakfast club started this week and any student is invited to attend.  Sponsored by Fonterra, we are offering weetbix and milk with the hope that we will soon be able to offer toast and various condiments.

Security:

A polite reminder that if you enter the school grounds to see someone, you must sign in at the school office.  We have an obligation to protect our students and staff. At the moment our signage is being updated and it may be that people entering the school are unsure of the procedures.  

Fun Walk.

As mentioned last week, we are holding a fun walk next week to raise money for the repair and upgrade of our adventure playground.  Your support is very much appreciated and I am very grateful for the overwhelming support from our Parent Support Group. Further details of the Mighty Walk appear on our website.

Paid Union Meetings on Friday:

On Friday we are hosting the NZEI Union meetings at school. Our school will operate as normal. Our teachers will be timetabled to attend either the morning or afternoon meeting and support each other in catering for student learning. We thank you for the continued support we receive in trying to impress upon the government that conditions need to change in order to retain teachers in the profession and encourage more to join.  Support is required to help manage increasingly difficult behaviours and expectations placed upon teachers. Thank you.

Sport:

I had the pleasure of watching some of our hockey and netball teams play on Friday afternoon and Saturday.  Not only was I impressed with the skills of our students but the way everyone encouraged each other while on the turf/courts.  A massive thank you to the staff, parents and secondary students who are coaching and managing these teams.

Nga mihi nui

Kim Sloane  

Principal