Newsletter 35 - November 17 2016 17 Nov 2016

 

AVALON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL  NEWSLETTER NO. 35 :   17/11/16 10/11/16

 

    NEWSLETTER NO. 37 :    10/11/16

 

 

 

THE FINAL FOUR WEEKS

We have basically 20 days of school left before the summer break, it is important that we take a business as usual approach to these last weeks. Some students get distracted with college students off school and routines changing. A big help to us is normality, e.g. all students in full school uniform, at school on time, concentrating on improving their learning by continuing to work hard with teachers and basically being focused around the good stuff going on at AIS. It would be good if parents/caregivers could have the expectation chat at home to support the school. It is very pleasing that the high majority of our students do not require this reminder!!

SCHOOL DISRUPTION MONDAY / TUESDAY (EARTHQUAKE AND RAIN!!)

Well!  Monday and Tuesday were certainly interesting days. I had to close the school on Monday as we had no power until the afternoon. Most staff were on site at the normal time and worked through the morning and we had a few students turn up who we took home. As I have previously informed you in these situations we put the information on our school website to keep you informed. On the Monday morning we tried to stay open but finally had to close because of the power situation. We also had to take into account that we all had experienced a major jolt in the night that was particularly unpleasant. The school closed information was on our website by 7.30am.

Tuesday was basically a normal day with half the school turning up, we were open  which was indicated in our website all day and by 3.00pm life was very much back to normal, the rain had stopped  and students and staff went home without any hold ups or incidents which was  a relief. Obviously safety become the number one issue and keeping students at school for the day was clearly the most appropriate option. Thank you all parents/caregivers who kept us informed re what they were doing and those who picked up students because of their personal circumstances. A final reminder if you are unsure if we open, ring or text us or check the AIS Website.  For those students who did not come to school or let the school know on Tuesday, can we remind you it is a Ministry of Education requirement that the school is informed by parents/caregivers who and why students are absent.

 

Please ensure your child’s contact details are up to date especially phone numbers

 

We have carried out an earthquake drill to ensure everyone on the school site is aware of safety precautions. A visual check on the school has been carried out after the earthquake re safety.  The school has basic food and water supplies but if your child requires special food and medication please could you provide this.

INFORMATION FOR 2017

Yesterday an information letter was sent home with the year 7s.  Please keep this notice as it has starting dates, stationery requirements and uniform shop details for next year. Forms for automatic payments of fees will also be sent home.  You may like to consider this option for 2017. 

 

WALTER NASH COMPLEX

We are extremely fortunate to have this complex on our door step which gives our students so many options. We are also fortunate to have Magic Cards for all students from the Hutt City Council which supports library and pool use. The Walter Nash Complex is world class and offers our community much. It is however important that all AIS students use the complex appropriately and engage positively with the library and sports areas. Just a reminder you are AIS students and only the highest standards are expected from all students at all times.

STOKES VALLEY XMAS PARADE AND CHRISTMAS IN THE HOOD

Both these celebrations take place on Saturday 3rd December and AIS will be represented by performing at both community events. Parents please note this date.

WAINUIOMATA POOL DAY

The school will be having an outdoor education day on Wednesday 30th November at the Wainui Pool. This is a celebration day for all students and students will be invited to attend.

 

 

 

 

TECHNOLOGY FEES

Again we remind you any outstanding technology fees ($20per term or $80 per year) must be paid by the end of the year please.

PRINCIPAL’S AWARD/ GOLD CARD AWARD

Well done Ben Trethewey R8 who won this award for L – LEARNER/LEADER.

  Ben took responsibility for his own actions and learning. 

Congratulations to Wihiria Wharewera-Garbutt R7 for winning the Gold Card draw;

a great effort.  ACROSTIC N – NEVER GIVE UP

 

VISITING PRINCIPALS & STUDENT TEACHERS FROM AUSTRALIA

Yesterday and today we have student teachers from Australia visiting our classes and working alongside teachers and students.  We also had visiting Principals from Western Australia in school last week.  They were very impressed with our programmes and the engagement around learning we have with students.

 

SPORT

Squash & Cricket:  these programmes continue as part of the work we are doing through N. E. Pathways.  We continue to try and grow sports expertise for students.

Volleyball:  the postponement date is now 29th November

 

Ian Hastie, Principal