Principal's Blog

16 February
23 February 2017

Greetings Parents and Caregivers,

We are almost at the end of our first full week at school and no doubt there will be a few tired children and staff as we settle in to this full time routine. Many of our extracurricular activities are underway with music lessons, swimming sports and senior sport all starting up this week. One of the key competencies in the New Zealand curriculum is Participating and Contributing. We know that many of our children lead very busy lives outside of school, however, now is a good time for you to have a conversation with your children about the opportunities available at school and how they can make the most of "being involved" at school. Participating and contributing Means being involved in things that are going on, being a good group member, contributing, including and creating opportunities for others. We all enjoy participating and contributing – it makes us feel connected, and helps us to get the most out of our lives. The teacher gets your child involved in real activities that are personal and meaningful to them. It is affirming for children to get to show their skills and expertise in something that they’re keen on. The teacher also challenges your child and guides them to be involved in things that they may have some untapped potential in, or that they might not have thought to get involved in. This all helps your child build up what is known as “action competence” – being ready, willing, and able to step up, take action, and be involved in situations and in life. Thursday 16 February 2017 Staff Profiles Teachers foster this key competency by:  Leadership opportunities that your child is given, in class, or in the wider school. For example, being a reading buddy to a junior child, maintaining a worm farm, helping to organise a fundraiser for the school.  And, even, through simple things like asking children to work with a wide range of class mates and guiding them to understand what makes working together successful and how they can do it even better. Key Competencies are something that teachers report on in your children's Linc-Ed report at mid-year and end-of-year. How do you want your children to participate and contribute during their school life?

Pene Abbie

Principal

Welcome to 2017
23 February 2017

Kia ora te whanau ,

Thank you to all of our families who were able to attend or send a representative to our meet the teacher ( or as one family described 'meet the creature' ) evening last night. What a nice community feel we had as people picnicked together prior and during meeting times. There was a lot of information shared at these meetings and I know over time this will have generated some new questions and thinking for you. All teachers are happy to be contacted by email with any individual queries that may have come to mind since the meetings. Remember, too, that we are just five days into the school year and so more information will come to light over the coming weeks. One of our biggest challenges is effective and timely communication. We have a number of means of communication and these vary across the school. These include  Weekly school newsletter- emailed  Facebook pages ( both whole school and private teaching team groups)  Twitter Feed  School Website  Learning team newsletters, blogs and calendars  Team whiteboards or notice boards Each team uses some or all of these tools in different ways. As mentioned last week we want to work in partnership with you to ensure the best for all our learners so we ask that you take on your share of the communication challenge by ensuring you sign up for social media feeds and read newsletter information that comes your way. Today, I took the opportunity to talk with our Year 6 children about learning at Paparoa Street. They have given me some great tips around how to get the most out of my time here. Their advice included "Be Kind", “Be yourself, there is only one you" and Don't go out of bounds!" Thank you to all of you who have made yourself known to me in the last week. Dy, Nathan and I will continue to be a presence at the gate most mornings - do come and say hello.

Pene Abbie

Principal

27 Oct 2016
28 October 2016

After the long weekend we were blessed with a glorious day for the senior athletics sports. A big thank you for the organisational efforts of Roger and Alison. As expected their hard work led to a perfectly run day for our children and community to enjoy. We would also like to acknowledge the hard work of the staff and parent helpers who helped out. A formal announcement regarding the new Principal will be shared with the school community by the Board tomorrow. We look forward to being able to welcome our Principal into the community.

We would like to welcome Nicole Fraser to our teaching team for next year. Nicole joins us from Prebbleton School as an experienced teacher and came through as a calm, incredibly hard working teacher that builds wonderful relationships for her students and will be a huge asset to our school. Georgia Binnie also joins our teaching staff next year and brings with her a strong background in the performing arts and well as a true love for children and passion for teaching and learning that shines through in her warm personality and demeanour. As teachers we tend to talk in weeks rather than dates! It is hard to believe we are already at the end of week 3. Have a safe and happy weekend.

Nathan Burford and Dy Stokes

 

Acting Principals