AIS News

NEWSLETTER NO. 1 3/2/15 03 Feb 2015


NEWSLETTER   NO. 1    3/2/15
       

 

      “CARING FOR INDIVIUDALS WHILE ENCOURAGING

 STUDENTS TO SUCCEED”

 

Welcome to Avalon Intermediate for the 2015 year and a special welcome to our new students and their families.  Our aim is to provide the best possible educational environment specializing in programmes and opportunities specifically aimed at intermediate aged students.  We are proud of the cultural, social and learning opportunities we provide to allow 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 activities.

 

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.   The school aims 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 today please could you have a chat with them about their school day 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.

 

SETTING HIGH STANDARDS

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

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

 

It is important that parents/caregivers explain these points to students and support the school.  With this newsletter is the Student/Family Expectations Contract between Avalon Intermediate and your child – to be signed by both parents/caregivers and student.

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

 

Accompanying this information is an AVALON acrostic explaining what AIS is all about.  It is important that students take note of what all the letters represent and also take note of our mission statement at the beginning of this newsletter.

 

2015 STAFFING

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

Deputy Principal - Ariana Silao:  B.Commerce & Admin, Grad .Dip.Tchg

Teacher R1- Alosina Toi-Auta: B.Applied Visual Imaging, Dip.Tchg

Teacher R2 - Joan Makisi: B.Ed., Dip.Tchg.

Teacher R3 - Fiona Derham: B.Ed

Teacher R4/team leader - Rose Campbell: B.Science (Hons), Dip.Tchg

Teacher R5/team leader - Jenny Raumoa: B.Ed, Dip.Sports & Recreation

Teacher R6 - Stuart Crafts: B.Tchg

Teacher R7 - Matt Jackett: B.Sport & Recreation Dip.Tchg, Cert Te Reo Maori

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

ORRs students - Judith Miller: Advanced Dip.Tchg. Dip Ed. Management

ORRs students-  Jenny Hudson: Post Grad Dip Special Ed

RTLB Cluster 29 leader-  Lianne Kalavati: M.Ed, Advanced Dip.Tchg

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                                                              Anna Wood

Office                                                              Leanne Thompson

Teacheraide/librarian                                      Sue Kingi

Teacheraide                                                     Daphne Clark

Teacheraide                                                     Michele Crank

Teacheraide                                                     Truida Ottow

Teacheraide                                                     Henry Skipper

Teacheraide                                                     Jackie Unstead Joss

Teacheraide                                                     Lisa Newland

Caretaker                                                         Richard Grant

Cleaner                                                             Michelle Montaperto

Cleaner                                                             Daniel Foote

Cleaner                                                             Carol TeFono               

 

Board of Trustees:        Helen van der Raaij (Chairperson), Steve Wilson (Treasurer)  Kevin Thickett,  Vicki Taula (co-opted) Joan Makisi (School Rep). The Board hold meetings usually on the 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning at 6.30pm.  Our February meeting is on 17th February.

 

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 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 WHOLE SCHOOL  MEETING –

 WEDNESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY AT 6PM SCHOOL HALL

Individual Classroom Meeting (in your child’s classroom).  These will take place between Monday 16th February and Wednesday 25th February. All these meetings will start at 6pm.  These meetings will be held by the classroom teacher and students and will take approximately one hour.  The expectation is that all students will attend and be represented by at least one parent. 

Timetable:

Monday 16th:            R7 – Mr Jackett

Tuesday 17th:           R1 – Miss Toi Auta

Wednesday  18th :   R2 – Joan Makisi

Thursday 19th:        R3 – Fiona Derham

Monday 23rd:          R4 – Rose Campbell

Tuesday 24th:        R5 – Jenny Raumoa

Wednesday 25th:   R6 – Stuart Crafts

Further information will follow about these meetings but please note the dates now.

 

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.

Black leather lace-up shoes are still very much part of the uniform however from 2015 lace up trainers are also acceptable.  (Photo included).

 

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. This is vital considering we have lost parking due to the technology room upgrades.

 

VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL

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

 

TERM DATES

Term 1:      3rd February – 2nd April   

Term 2:      20th April – 3rd July  

Term 3:      20th July – 25th September   

Term 4:      12th October – 17th December  

 

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. Behaviour expectations will 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. 

 

Please note every year we alternate between camp and EOTC and this year is Camp.  We are currently planning this, however a very good idea is to start an automatic payment.

 

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.

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.

 

TECHNOLOGY BLOCK

Please note we have 5 classrooms currently under renovation which will take all of term one.  The job was started early January.  We have had to re-house the tech staff in various rooms around the school.  We have also lost parking to the south and our access to the playground is through another gate.

Ian Hastie

Principal

 

 

 

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