TERM 1 - WEEK 4 18 Feb 2020

 

AVALON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL  

NEWSLETTER TERM 1 - Week 4

 Tuesday 18th February 2020

 

ROUND THE BAYS - SUNDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

Congratulations to all of the students, staff and whanau who participated in Round the Bays on Sunday. Our students had been training at lunchtimes leading up to the event, and had a great day. It was great to have parents join us this year to take part in this awesome event. 

 

WEEKLY CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to Faenza Dawson (Rm 6) who won a tuck shop voucher in assembly last week. Faenza won our Gold Card Draw and has made a great start at Avalon Intermediate. 

 

 

 

WHANAU HUI SUMMARY

Thank you to the whanau who were able to come along to our meeting last night. We know that it is difficult for a lot of families to come out at 5pm on a weeknight, and have included a summary of our meeting below. 

 

RESTORATIVE PRACTICE AT AVALON INTERMEDIATE 

RP is a relational approach to school life, grounded in beliefs about equality, dignity, mana and the potential of all people. The PB4L, RP (Positive Behaviour 4 Learning, Restorative Practice) model focuses on building and maintaining positive relationships across the school community and offers us tools and techniques to restore relationships when things go wrong. A restorative approach is a way of working with conflict that puts the focus on repairing the harm that has been done and leads to individuals taking responsibility for their own behaviour so that they are able to change it.

Why is this important at our school?

We know that fostering positive and respectful relationships with our young people has a profound impact on their overall behaviour, learning and achievement. If we view, “problems as problems”rather than, people as problems”we can talk with our rangatahi in respectful ways that allow them the opportunity to take ownership and responsibility for their behaviour while maintaining the dignity and mana of all those affected. We understand that our students won’t always, “get it right” in terms of learning and equally so with behaviour. RP allows us to do “with” them, rather than “to” or “for” them. We know that when our akonga are part of the process, they are happier, more cooperative, productive and therefore, more likely to make positive changes.

 

RESTORATIVE CONVERSATIONS 

When there is an incident, we use restorative conversations to begin the process of repairing the harm. There are 4 parts to the conversations. Examples of some of the questions we use are: 

TELL THE STORY

EXPLORE THE HARM

REPAIR THE HARM

REACH AN AGREEMENT

Tell me what’s happened?

What were you thinking when you did that?

What have you thought about since?

How does that fit with our values here?

Who do you think has been affected? Who else?

In what ways?

What do you think it must have been like for them?

Was that a fair or unfair thing to do? 

What needs to happen to put things right?
What do you think ___ needs to hear/see from you now?

Is there anything else that you can think of that might help?

What will sorry look like in action from here?

What do you need to stop doing, stay doing, start doing?

If this happens again - what could/will you do differently?

From now on, how will you show our school values?

What do you need from me/us to support you?






 PEER RELATIONSHIPS

We have 120 new Year 7 students, who are learning how our school works and they have come from different primary schools. We know that it is important to be very clear about our expectations for behaviour here at Avalon Intermediate and as part of this, teaching students what bullying is, and what it isn’t. 

 

In the next two weeks, Students will have an opportunity to complete an online survey about how they feel at school and if bullying is a concern for them. We use the results from this survey to help make choices about support programmes for specific students, to know which students we need to work more closely with and to know what is happening for all of our learners. The results from this survey are shared with the staff and our BOT. 

 

VALUES REVIEW

We are currently looking at our school values and as part of this process we are collecting feedback from staff, students, trustees and our whanau about their values. We shared this with parents at the whanau hui and will send home a copy of this with students who were not there. Please read through this with your child and return it to school. Thank you for your input. 

 

AFTER SCHOOL STUDY CENTRES

Permission slips for all after school study centres are now available from the following teachers: 

S.T.E.A.M - Tuesday afternoons 2:50pm - 4:20pm and these start in Week 6. Teacher in charge: Mrs Robinson (Multicraft) 

Gardening - Tuesday afternoons 2:50pm - 4:20pm and this starts in Week 5. Teacher in charge: Mr Crafts (Rm 5) 

Literacy - Wednesday afternoons 2:50pm - 4:20pm and this starts in Week 5. Teacher in charge: Mrs Harrison (Rm 1)

Maths - Thursday afternoons 2:50pm - 4:20pm and this starts in Week 5. Teacher in charge: Mr Poad (Rm 9)

 

ERO VISIT

We are looking forward to the Education Review Office (ERO) visiting our school in Week 6. We have always had positive ERO reviews and we see this as an opportunity to celebrate what we do well here and work with ERO to identify areas that we will continue to improve in. 

 

TEACHER ONLY DAY - FRIDAY 6TH MARCH

A reminder that we have a Teacher Only day on Friday 6th March so our school will not be open. Our staff will be working alongside all schools in the Taita-Stokes Valley and Naenae Kahui Ako. Thank you for your support. 

 

 

Ngå mihi,

 

Ariana Te Whetu, Principal