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Newsletter No 32 - October 27 2016 27 Oct 2016

 

RUN INTO THE END OF YEAR

At the end of this week we will have 34 days of school left and a great deal to cover with students around their learning.  Teachers will be testing next week and getting ready to write reports.  We are really trying hard to get as many students as possible across the line with their National Standards results.  This of course requires hard, focused work from the student as well.  It is imperative that all students look on these last weeks as an opportunity to improve by working very hard alongside their teachers maximizing their learning.  Also it is important that teachers can focus on that important learning too, the 'ask' is that all students need to go out of their way to work positively with teachers and to make a very positive effort with their learning.

COLLEGE ENROLMENTS FOR 2017

We sent letters home to the group of students who have not enrolled at a college for next year. It is imperative that this is done as:

1.   schools need to sort their staffing

2.   your child needs to know where they are going for 2017.

 Can this please be sorted, thank you.

NEW ENROLMENTS FOR 2017 FOR AIS

We are chasing up enrolments for 2017, if you have a child or know of any can you please get the enrolment forms to AIS now please.

 

STUDY CENTRE – TUESDAY AND THURSDAY

Study Centre is a vital part of learning as AIS and teachers put in a great deal of extra teaching time to make it successful. If your child is down to attend study centre to support his or her learning it is important that they attend. Numbers of late appear to have dropped off. Can all parents who have students attending study centre have the chat as we will at school.

PRINCIPAL’S AWARD/GOLD CARD AWARD

Congratulations to Zach Hooper-Wills R4  who received the Principal’s Award and  Paige Simi from R4 for her win of the lucky draw.  Paige attended to her Learning L - LEADER AND LEARNER.          Great effort R4!

SPORT 

Touch Rugby: Postponed on Wednesday because of weather, it is now down for tomorrow at Hutt Park, weather permitting. (8 students involved)

Inter school Basketball Tournament: Wednesday 2nd November at ASB in Wellington

Our two school basketball teams will attend this tournament next week – notices have gone out and we wish both teams all the best.  Sam McGavin and Ti Watson are working with the selected students.

Volleyball: Well done to the volleyball team on two wins on Tuesday night over St Orans and Chilton St James.  Thank you Andrew Connochie.

After School Volleyball:  this takes place on Tuesday afternoon at various venues around the Hutt Valley.  Andrew Connochie and the team ae involved playing against various schools.  This is another opportunity for students to participate in activities that support our North East Pathways programmes around engaging students in learning through sport.

Cricket Sessions –The cricket sessions with the Taita Cricket Club two days a week are very popular and the students are enjoying them. We are hopeful that students will enjoy these so much that they will look at involving themselves by playing cricket over the summer. Any student interested in playing Saturday cricket should contact the Taita Cricket Club.

CYCLE AWARENESS PROGRAMME – MONDAY 31ST OCT – 4TH NOVEMBER

 

 

We are starting a cycling awareness / road safety programme next week that will see all students working with the police and cycle safety people to upskill them around road safety. I have been concerned for a while now about how safety conscious some of our students are around the road and with traffic. This programme will hopefully give students some tools to add to their ‘kete’ to enable them to make good choices around road safety. Bikes will be supplied and all students will take part on the bikes around the school grounds. I am taking the view that all parents will see this as a worthwhile sensible programme that will be helpful to their child. Each class will get approximately 3 hours tuition over the week.  Students with their own please bring them.

AIS BEES

Our bees have settled in and are now out and about in our community gathering pollen!! As we learn about their habits and what they get up to we put it out there that many people in Taita could be thinking about the plants they are planting at this time of the year and how they might be able to assist our bees. The more suitable plants in our immediate Taita area the better for our bees!! No doubt we will learn about how far they go as we continue our bee studies.

BRANDON BAND FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES START AT 10AM

Our school band Maramatanga performs tomorrow at the Brandon Intermediate Festival at Brandon Intermediate School. This is their first performance and a warm up for the Battle of the Bands on Tuesday 8th November at the Little Theatre. We wish them well tomorrow.

 

EPro8 CHALLENGE (SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY)

Eight students travelled to Hutt Intermediate on Wednesday night to participate in the EPro8 Challenge.  They gave a good account of themselves, with one group just missing out on making the next round.  Well done to all of you on a great effort. Thank you Andrew Connochie.

 

ROOM 8 TRIP TO BATS THEATRE (PONEKE) –

A BILINGUAL TELLING OF MAORI MYTHS & LEGENDS

Room 8 students plus some extras from other rooms will be attending a Bats performance by Moria Wairama next Tuesday 1st November.  Moira has been working in Room 8 teaching Te Reo and as a storyteller she is performing at Bats Theatre.  Students will be travelling by school vans and will be out of school from 12.15pm.  They will be back in time for the school buses.  The cost is $7.50.    

Ian Hastie, Principal

 

 

 

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