News & Events
Term 1, Week 9, 2018
...talofa, ni hao, mālō e lelei, hallo, hola, chomreabsuor, sabaidi, bonjour, namaste, kumaste, kia orana, yassas, as-salam ‘alaykum, cześċ, Kon'nichiwa, and hello to all of our families.
School is closed on the following days over Easter;
Friday 30 March,
Monday 2 April and
Tuesday 3 April
School will be open as normal on Wednesday 4 April.
Learning starts at 8.55am
Remember that school starts at 8.55am. Children need to get to school well before this to give them time to say hello to friends and get ready to learn (put away their bag, put away reading books), we recommend that they arrive between 8.30am and 8.45am. If they are late, they should report to the office so that the roll can be updated. As part of our attendance monitoring procedures office staff and teachers now record reasons for lateness.
Like many organisations, schools regularly review all aspects of their operation to check that our systems are working as they should and to make improvements where necessary.
This term we’re looking at homework and our provision of on site after school care. As both of these topics impact considerably on families outside of school hours we invite parents to express their views and complete the relevant survey. Simply click on the links to have your say. (If you experience any difficulty completing either survey, please let me know as soon as you can.)
This week children can still get stamps on their Movin’ March passports. Once the passport is full teachers will gather them up and send them in to the Greater Wellington Regional Council for a chance to win prizes.
We love it when children walk to school. They arrive energised and wide awake - which is very good for learning! If you must drive, consider finding a park a little bit further away than normal and give your child the chance to walk at least some of the way to school.
The GWRC have put out a “Hike it, bike it, scoot it, skate it - Safer journeys for school children” resource for families to use when talking to children about traffic safety. It’s simple and colourful and a good place to go for checking that you’ve thought of everything to talk about.
Photo Day - Friday 6 April
Class photos will be taken on Friday next week. Information about how to order has been sent home already.
Tawatawa-Vogelmorn Bike Track
Our students very much enjoyed using the track over several days last week. Hopefully the weather over our Easter break will be good for biking.
Keep on spreading the word about our fundraising, every little bit gets us closer to building the next 2 stages of the track.
6pm, Wednesday 4th April
Empire Cinema, Island Bay
Ticket Cost: Child $15.00
Adult - $20.00
Please promote our give-a-little page with your contacts in our wider community. The Tawatawa-Vogelmorn Bike Track will be a wonderful community asset for many years to come. We need our wider community to help get it finished. If you are part of a group or organisation whose members may benefit from and will enjoy this track, do encourage them to contribute.
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Vogelmorn Park - Playground upgrade
Work began on Monday to upgrade to the playground area by the pavilion on Vogelmorn Park. Contractors will be bringing trucks across the field to bring in their equipment so our children will not be allowed on the field while they are working. The contractors will return after Easter to complete the playground upgrade. This work is weather dependent, which means that rain will cause delays.
Work is also scheduled this week on the pavilion itself. The WCC is installing a roller door and ramps to make it easy for children to get our school owned bikes in and out of the building.
Due to the upgrades, please do not bring bikes to school until after the works are completed. Teachers will let children know when this is.
Due to the work being done on the field this week, and the predicted nasty weather, we’ve postponed our Wheels Day reward until Thursday 5 April. Students are invited to bring their bikes, scooters, skates, and other wheeled things to school for this day. Each whānau group will enjoy an extended time on the Tawatawa-Vogelmorn Bike Track to celebrate filling up the R card container to the brim!
Bikes at School
We will be purchasing a number of bike racks so that children will have a designated space to store their bikes during the day. If you have the time and skills to install these when they arrive, and would like to make a contribution to the school in this way, please let the office staff know.
Children are not allowed to ride their bikes or scooters around the school buildings before school, during the school day or immediately after school. This is to avoid the obvious hazard of riders and walkers colliding. The school grounds are simply too full of people for riding to be a safe activity. This rule applies to everyone, and parents are asked to also ensure that pre-schoolers do not ride their bikes, trikes or scooters at these times either.
School children riding their bikes to school are of course expected to abide by road rules. They are not permitted to ride bikes between the two crossings, or along the footpaths along the school boundary.
The bike raffle has been won with Noah winning the main prize, Thomas winning the coffee cup and holder and Matilda winning the life paint and a drink bottle. A huge ka pai to Lily who organised the raffle and sold tickets at school and around the community in the weekends, she raised $588!
Lunch Order Reminder
Monday - Subway
Thursday - Sushi (via Lunch Online)
Friday - Pita Pit (via Lunch Online)