Term 1 - Week 1 01 Feb 2018

 

AVALON  INTERMEDIATE  SCHOOL  

NEWSLETTER   NO. 1    1/2/18   

 

      “CARING FOR INDIVIUDALS WHILE ENCOURAGING

 STUDENTS TO SUCCEED”

 

Welcome to Avalon Intermediate for the 2018 year and a special welcome to our new students and their families.  Avalon Intermediate is a multi-cultural urban ‘middle’ school.  We are committed to educating the young adults in our care by providing the skills, learning opportunities, experiences and values necessary for the individual to be a capable participant in society. Our aim is to provide the best possible educational environment specializing in programmes and opportunities specifically aimed at intermediate aged students as they meet new changes, to experience success, to treat others and the environment with care and respect.  We encourage our students to reach their full potential with a positive and motivated attitude to learning.  We have the expectations of students becoming actively involved with school opportunities available at AIS.  We have such a lot to offer!!

 

To our students who are returning as year 8 we also welcome you back to this final and important year of your intermediate schooling before you head off to College next year.  We have high expectations of you from setting a good example to the year 7s, being excellent role models taking responsibility for your own actions and making good choices to working hard!

 

Avalon Intermediate values and works hard to foster the relationship between home and school as this two-way communication is proven to benefit student learning thus we are providing the chance for parents/caregivers to meet informally on Thursday 16th February evening.  The school welcomes and encourages regular, open communication to enhance positive relationships to work with families in the development of building a solid foundation of well behaved, focused, motivated students who will leave intermediate with strong values.  We recognize the importance of establishing strong links with the community and the support of our Board of Trustees.   You can help your child and the school getting off to a positive start by providing their stationery and named uniform.  When your child comes home after school please could you have a chat with them about their days at school especially who their teacher is and what is the room number of their class. 

I am available to discuss any queries or issues you have – please feel free

to ring me on 5677 453.  We have an ‘open door’ policy;  in other words if you need to discuss something, come and see us.

 

 OUR AIS STUDENTS ACROSTIC GUIDELINES

A – ATTEND

     Be at school

     Right place at the right time

     Attending to my learning

     Arotahi (to pay attention to, to focus)

V – VALUE

     Accept and appreciate myself

      Accept and appreciate others for who they are

      Accept and appreciate the cultures within the school

      Maanakitanga (integrity and respect)

A – ASPIRE

      Push to do my best every day to achieve

      Setting goals

       Be the best you can be

       Maramatanga (having high expectations)

L -  LEADER AND LEARNER

      Take responsibility for our own actions and learning

      We can all lead and follow

      We can all learn from each other

      Ako (takes responsibility for own learning)

O -  OUR PLACE

       Respect myself, my class, my school and my community

       Respect our tools for learning and help others to do this

       Whanaungatanga (engaging in respectful working relationships)

N-    NEVER GIVE UP

       Keep trying

       Give everything a go

       Take a risk and learn from your failures

       Kia Mau!  (Hang in there!)

   

SETTING HIGH STANDARDS

The expectations of Avalon Intermediate School are as follows; please discuss them with your child –

  1. 1.  Come to school prepared for learning (ie pens, pencils, books)
  2. 2.  Bring your lunch (or money to order) and morning tea
  3. 3.  Be in full school uniform – this includes PE uniform
  4. 4.  Get to school on time wearing correct uniform including correct sports shoes
  5. 5.  Ensure you have a good nights sleep so that you are ready to learn when you get here
  6. 6.  Behave positively so that learning takes place and teachers can teach
  1. Assist your teachers by working with them
  2. Be polite and well mannered

 

It is important that parents/caregivers explain these points to students and support the school.  This week we have sent home the  Student/Family Expectations Contract between Avalon Intermediate and your child – to be signed by both parents/caregivers and student.

   Also the Student Contract ICT/Website permission and Local Out of   School form.  Please sign these and return to school.

 

2016 STAFFING

Principal - Ian Hastie: M.Ed, Advanced Dip.Tchg.

Acting Principal/Deputy Principal – Ariana Te Whetu

Teacher R1 – Simon Flockton: BA

Teacher R2 – Rose Campbell: B.Science(Hons) Dip.Tchng

Teacher R3 –  Luke Thompson: B.A./Teaching

Teacher R4 – Stephanie Lamborn: B.A./M Teach (Learn Primary)

Teacher R5- Stuart Crafts: B.Tchg

Teacher R6 -

Teacher R7 -

Teacher R8 – Julia Poasa: B.A. /Teaching

Teacher R9 -

Joan Makisi: B.Ed., Dip.Tchg. (At Royal Society for two terms)

 

ICT/Music - Paascalino Schaller:  B.Science, Dip.Tchg

RTLB Cluster 29 leader-  Lorraine McKay: M. Ed.B.Ed, P.G. RTLB Dip

Art - Kirsten Herd: Cert.Art & Design, B.Design, Dip.Tchg

Food Technology - Heather Pointon B.Ed. Dip.Tchg.

Wood Technology: Andrew Connochie B.Ed, Grad. Dip Tchg. National

   Cert in Machinery & Tool Making

Fabric Technology  - Rosemary Wards: B.Science, DipTchg

Multicraft Technology- Steph Robinson : Dip.Tchg

Office                                                              Leanne Thompson

Office                                                              Michelle Crank

Teacheraide/librarian                                      Sue Kingi

Teacheraide                                                     Michele Crank

Teacheraide                                                     Jackie Unstead Joss

Teacheraide                                                     Shelley Howsan

Teacheraide                                                   

Caretaker                                                         Richard Grant

Cleaner                                                             Michelle Montaperto

Cleaner                                                             Crest Clean

           

 

Board of Trustees: Kevin Thickett (Chairperson), Helen van der Raaij  Mike Mercer (Treasurer) Vicki Taula, Alisha…, Henry Skipper, Joan Makisi (School Rep).  

 

ABSENCES AND LATENESS

Please could you ring the school before 8.40am on 5677 453 if your child is to be absent We have an absence line or text us on 021 027 15243.  After the roll is taken at 8-50am teachers send a list of absent students to the office at 9am each day.  For our student’s safety the office then phones the families of all the unexplained student absences.   It is most important school records are kept up to date for the safety of your child. We ask for your full support in this matter.

 

ALL LATE STUDENTS MUST COME TO THE OFFICE AND SIGN THE ‘LATE’ SHEET AT THE OFFICE.  THIS IS TO ENSURE THE OFFICE KNOW STUDENTS ARE AT SCHOOL AND DO NOT RING THEIR HOME

 

We monitor student lateness closely at Avalon Intermediate.  It not only causes disruption to their class and teacher they are also missing out on their learning. 

 

PARENT’S/CAREGIVERS MEETING/BBQ

THURSDAY 16TH FEBRUARY AT 6PM-7.30PM SCHOOL HALL

You will have received a notice about this – please could you fill in the form and return it to school. We expect a very good parental turn out.

 

LUNCHES

Children are not permitted to leave the school grounds at morning tea or lunchtime.  Lunches must be ordered through the canteen or children should bring lunch to school.  The canteen is open everyday.

 

 

Midi pie (mince + cheese) $1.50                   Toastie Pie    $2                 

Murphy – breadcase with mince $2             Pizza   $2                          

Sausage rolls $1.50                                     Chicken/beef noodles $2 

Juices /Moosies /cool sips  $1     

 

There will possibly be additions to variety during the year.  You will be informed by newsletter.

 

SHOPS NEXT TO SCHOOL

Students are not encouraged to go to the shops.  Occasionally students will purchase from the bakery in the morning however they must enter the school grounds and not ‘hang around’ outside the shops.  Lollies, chippies and ‘fizzy’ drinks are not to be purchased.

 

FRUIT BREAKS – FRUIT IN SCHOOLS INITIATIVE

Every morning and afternoon the students have a ‘fruit break’, encouraging students to eat fruit regularly, improve concentration and increase work production.  We expect this to start early in term 1.

 

 

NAMING OF SCHOOL UNIFORM

It is most important all school uniform including shoes are clearly named. We often find the children are not used to having a uniform and are inclined to take off the sweatshirt or polo top when changing for PE and put it down and re-change without having regard to which uniform is actually theirs. A black marker on hem lines is often the most successful way of naming articles.

 

HOT WEATHER/SCHOOL HATS

ALL students are expected to wear the regulation school sun hat in the playground. This is a black bucket style with the AIS logo on the front.  The hat comes in two sizes and costs $15-00.  Please name your child’s hat.

We also recommend students drink plenty of fluids and don’t overheat by wearing their sweatshirts.  If necessary please provide sunscreen for your child.

 

SCHOOL NOTICES BY EMAIL

School wide newsletters are distributed to each class on Thursdays and team newsletters sent home from time to time.   Please ask your child for the newsletters if you feel you have not been receiving newsletters as this is an important communication between home and school and contains relevant information your child may forget to tell you!

If you would like to receive your school wide newsletter (Thursdays) by email please fill in the form at the end of this newsletter.

 All Email addresses from last year will be deleted as we have found many addresses are out of date.

 

DROPPING OFF/PICKING UP STUDENTS – VERY IMPORTANT!!!!

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ALL STUDENTS ARE DROPPED OFF OR PICKED UP BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL EITHER ON HIGH STREET OR MORE PREFERABLY ON PERCY CAMERON STREET, 50 METRES AROUND THE CORNER.

PLEASE DO NOT COME THROUGH THE SCHOOL DRIVEWAY AND BLOCK UP THE CARPARK

This will ensure that our carpark is safe when students arrive and leave school and does not become congested with parent/caregiver cars.

 

VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL

All parent/caregiver visitors must report and sign in at the front office at all times.  Thank you.

 

BELL TIMES – Term 1

8.45 am   Warning bell

8.50 am   Block 1 begins

10.25am   Interval

10.45 am  Block 2 begins

12.15 pm  Lunch (eating time)

12.25 pm  Lunch (activity)

1.05 pm   Warning bell

1.10 pm   Block 3 begins

2.50 pm   School finishes

 

                              BUSES

Students travelling by bus will have a meeting. The buses are 825 and 826.  Stokes Valley & Taita  students are expected to get these buses to and from school not the public buses. This service is put on by NZ Bus Service for our children. A form has also been sent home about  behaviour expectations  which be discussed with the children at this meeting.

 

FEES FOR TERM ONE

The BOT have set the compulsory technology fee for the whole year at $80.  This fee covers the ‘take home’ component your child uses in the technology programmes ie ingredients or materials.  This can be paid in instalments each term of $20 if you would prefer this option. Invoices will be sent next week.

 

Please note every year we alternate between camp and EOTC and this year is an EOTC year. 

 

Students must give money to the teacher first thing in the morning; a record will be made and then it will be sent to the office.   Receipts will be issued.

Please remind your child not to keep any money or valuables in their school bag or tote tray.  Teachers have a ‘lock up’ system.  I-pods etc are not to be brought to school.  

 

SCHOOL BANK ACCOUNT

For any direct payments you may wish to make the school bank account is: ASB Ltd, Queensgate Branch.  The account no is: 123 142 0298643 00. Please state your child’s name as the reference.

We also have a system whereby you can make regular payments for fees ie technology, activity, camp, uniform etc into our school account by setting up an AP.  Forms are available at the school office. We encourage families to set up automatic payments forms to ‘drip feed’ their child’s fees – it is amazing how quickly it grows!!!

 

YOUR CHILD’S UP TO DATE CONTACT DETAILS.

Please give your child telephone up to date contact details to be kept in their school bag. It is amazing how many of our students don’t know how to contact their parents/caregivers.

 

MAGIC CARDS

We are a privileged school having the MAGIC CARD supplied free from the Hutt City Council to our school.  This enables your child to use it at the local libraries and swimming pools.   Year 7 students except Taita and Pomare Schools (who will already have them)   will be given a MAGIC CARD  application form to fill in.  This will then entitle them to have their own  personal card made.  Imagine free swimming after school and in the weekend.  Free access to the internet at the library.  It is well worth taking this opportunity.

Ian Hastie, Principal