In This Week’s Newsletter
- Gala Day
- Safety around Pick Up/Drop Offs
- Velodrome Visit – Postponed
- Amazing Race
- Teachers’ Industrial Action
- Swimming Pool
- School Lunches
- Wheels Day
- 10th November – School Gala Day
- 16th November – Rural Schools Athletics Day (Tauhei School)
- 6th December – Beach Education (Waihi Beach)
- 12th December – Prizegiving
- 17th December – Last Day of Term 4
- 4th February – First Day of Term 1
Welcome to week 3, this term has certainly been extremely busy already! The children have been super enthusiastic about their learning, and fully embracing all the busyness that the last term of the school year brings!
Our Gala Day is fast approaching, and our PTA have been hard at work securing sponsorship and organising what will be an amazing fundraiser for our school. If you are able to help in anyway, please contact the school office and/or return the forms that were sent home requesting help on the day.
Safety Around Pick up/ Drop offs
Thank you so very much for your support for our new procedures around picking up your children at the end of the day. As mentioned before the safety of your children is absolutely paramount for us.
Our PrEP unit is going great and the children are fully involved in all our sessions in preparation for our Market Day on the 10th of November.
Velodrome Visit – Postponed
The visit to the Velodrome has been postponed at this time.
Last week the Year 6 students went to the Amazing Race in Hamilton at the Gardens. They did an awesome job representing our school and fun was had by all. We look forward to being a part of this event again next year.
Teachers’ Industrial Action
New Zealand’s Principals and Primary teachers have just voted about what to do to get government action on the current crisis in recruiting and retaining teachers. We’re agreed – we can’t in good conscience accept the Government’s latest collective agreement offer because it does not begin to address the crisis.
We have therefore voted for an unprecedented second strike, to be held next month. There will be nationwide rolling strikes over a week, and our region will be striking on Tuesday 13th November. Our school will be closed on that date, unless the Ministry tables new offers that can be voted on and are accepted before November 12. While we regret the inconvenience we know this will cause, we need to send a clear message to the Government that we are standing strong for our students.
Already children’s education is suffering because of the difficulty in recruiting teachers and relievers, and we must take bold steps to turn this around. The Government recently announced a $5.5 billion surplus, so there is no reason to make our children wait while the situation deteriorates further.
Through our union, NZEI Te Riu Roa, we are asking for:
- Smaller classes, so our children can get more one-on-one attention
- More resources and staffing to adequately support children with additional learning needs – this will benefit all children because teachers will be freed to spend more one-on-one time with every student
- A significant increase in teachers’ salaries so that they are properly valued for their qualifications and responsibilities, and as a country we can recruit and retain teachers.
We appreciate your continued support on this important issue. For more information, please go to http://campaigns.nzei.org.nz/time/ or talk with your child’s teacher.
Kickstart is running Friday morning 8.30 -10.15am in the school library with Mrs Belinda Duncan. This programme is for preschoolers aged 4.5 years and up, if you know anyone who is interested please contact the school office for more information.
We are working on getting our pool ready for the upcoming season, and hope to have it up and running within the first couple of weeks in November.
With the warmer weather we have been having, we ask if you could please apply sunblock to your child before dropping them off at school and ensure their clothing is appropriate in protecting them from the sun, particularly necks and shoulders. There is sunblock available in the classrooms for the children to re-apply later in the day. Students will be required to wear their school hat at each break when playing outside, these will be issued to the children and care of the hat is their responsibility. If they choose to bring their own hat, please ensure it has a wide brim and is named.
Sausages $1.50 and Ice blocks will be available $1.00
The children really enjoyed having their bikes at school last week, so this is just a reminder that we are most happy for them to bring their bikes to school on Fridays. Please ensure they have a helmet if they are riding their bikes.
Accounts are being sent home today, please settle these as soon as possible. All accounts must be cleared by the end of the term at the latest. If you would like to set up an automatic payment to the school account, you are more than welcome to. Our school bank account details are on the statements sent home or see Angela in the office. Thank you to those who keep their accounts up to date, we appreciate it.
Please can we have all cups and trophies returned to school that your child has from last year whether they were awarded for Livestock Day or for any of the academic awards. Thank you.
Cheryl and staff.