Ko te pipi te tuatahi, Ko te kaunuku to tuarua
From small beginnings come great things
Week 1 Term 3 Thursday 25th July 2019 School Roll: 103
We would like to welcome our new students and their whanau: Honey, Dantae, Lashan, Tainui, Kobe, Ociana, Tawhirimatea, Charlie and Holden to Natone Park School. As they settle into our classes they are all welcomed by the students here who are displayed our school values of Whanau, Wairua, Hinengaro, Tinana and Tuakana Teina.
The staff are excited to present this terms kaupapa to the students and their learning environments. We are exploring Digital Technology participating in activities based on plugged and unplugged activities to be actively engaged in a variety of new lessons. Children are learning about coding, mapping, working with a variety of materials, working on chromebooks and desktops, making decisions about logic and reasoning and creating and constructing.You are more than welcome to come and have a look at some of the work they are participating in during class.
We continue to receive support through our Community of Learning Group with our Maths programme as we enter into our 2nd year of training. The children are excited with the learning activities that take place and participating in hands on activities for problem solving. We are grateful to the team that come and see the excitement on our children’s faces when sharing their work. Our teachers will be going to other schools to observe how others teach and learn for professional development..
We welcome back Niki Walters who will be relief cleaning until the end of the year. We would like to thank Pila Tauiliili for her support and look forward to having her return soon.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
As we continue to have wet conditions at school please be reminded that some of the smaller children might need a change of clothing in their bags as this week a number of children have fallen in the mud. We do not carry many spare clothes and they are not being returned to school to help other children. If you have spare pants to offer for these sorts of accidents please send them to the office.
Last term we have had to deal with vandalism during school hours and this has not been very fair on the school and other students. I would like to thank the whanau who have taken ownership for their children’s behaviour and paid reparation for the damage caused. However I would still like to hear from one family to share their costs. Please come and see me at the office.
As the senior students wind down their sessions with Rangataua Mauriora and the WaiTECH Waka Ama programme we would like to thank the whanau for their support in allowing your children to participate in such an uplifting programme offered for free to our students.
PORIRUA CITY COUNCIL
The students from Whataitai and Ngake will be participating in helping to beautify the newly developed pathways at Bothamley Park on August 6 and 7 in the afternoons. We will be planting native bush and are looking for parent help. If you are available 12 and 2.30pm on these days please see Whaea Ria. Your help will be gratefully accepted.. We cannot continue our programme to contribute to the community without adult support.
Our Junior students will be taking part in a 3 day programme with Zealandia. They get to participate in in-school activities as well as visit the complex in Karori free of charge. The children get to identify and view some of New Zealand’s endangered native specials and even handle to creatures and learn about their habitats. The only issue we have is having the correct adult to children ratios for this event to happen. If you have interested can you please contact Whaea Fiona. Dates in August will be posted at a later date.
Once again the school will be holding their Mini Gala in Week 5 of this term so watch this space. We have found this event an opportunity to mix and mingle with our growing whanau and it is great to see the parents come and share with the students.
During the middle of Term 2 we were visited by the Education Review Office. We have since had our progress report sent to us which the staff have looked at and we will be sharing this at our next Whanau Hui (date to be confirmed). If you are interested in coming to view this please make contact with Whaea Ria at the office.
Natone Park School is very interested in making some garden beds at the back of our school. I would like to set up a working bee when the weather is a little more kinder to us so that the children can grow some vegetables again. If you have time to come and share your skills please let us know at the office. All help gratefully accepted.
SPORTS FOR JUNIORS
Unfortunately there will not be any sports being held this term at Te Rauparaha Arena for Natone Park School as we are left with a bill to pay for students who did not clear their share of the fees. If you are one of the whanau that we have not heard from please make your payment for your child/ren with Whaea Miro so that we can pick this activity up again.
NETBALL DUTY THIS SATURDAY
This saturday Natone Park School are doing the morning duty. If any parents are available can you please arrive at the courts at 8am. Our duty finishes at 12.30pm. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
27th July – Junior Netball @ 1.40pm
Senior Netball @ 9.55am
Please arrive at the courts 45 minutes before the game starts.
30th July – Ole soccer 4pm – 5pm (pick your child up from Cannons Creek Park at 5pm)
31st July – Senior Basketball @ 5.30pm
The Senior students continue to play Netball on the weekends, Basketball during midweek and Soccer on a Tuesday afternoon. We thank you for your support and know that our children represent our school with pride.
COOKING CLASSES FOR STUDENTS
Wesley is holding sessions for children to learn to cook after school. These sessions are limited and cost nothing yet the numbers are limited. If you would like you child/ren to participate please ask for a registration form at the office.
As we move into the warmer weather we are hoping to have more attendance by our families at our Whanau Hui. We hold them in the afternoon at 5pm for 1 hour at the most and like to share some of the events that are happening here at school. We are also looking for people who are interested in representing us on our Board of Trustees. If you are interested we would love for you to come and have a talk at the office with either Whaea Miro or any of the teachers. It would be great to have you on board.
DANCING FOR FITNESS
Each norming from 8.55 to 9.15-ish we have dancing with our students. These are modern songs played on the big screen where the children learn steps to help improve their fitness levels. If you are game enough to come along or stay when you drop your child/ren off you are more than welcome to join in. We would love to have you with us. We are inviting Te Toka Ahuru Kohanga Reo and BestStart Waitangirua Kindergarten to bring some of their children along too. Don’t be shy. Come and let your hair down and show us some of your moves.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we have our lovely Whaea Millie cook all our children a warm kai for lunch. If you would like to help come along from 10am to prep the food and serve it out. You know the saying ‘more hands make light work’. This venture has been provided to help feed our children and keep them warm. Unfortunately lately we have had a few lunches stolen from childrens bags and this is not good. We hope that if children don’t have food that they are brave enough to tell a teacher. We will endeavour to make a snadwich for them.
Last term we organised for Parent Teacher Interviews to take place. If you child/ren have not received their school report please make contact with their teacher and have a conversation around achievement. We like to keep you informed. If you child’s teacher has not made contact with you please come in a see them. It is important to us that you know what is going on.
It is not the time for you to start making a choice about where your Year 8 child will be attending school next year. To save you the embarrassment of missing out on a good class please make arrangements with your college of choice or come and have a conversation with Whaea Ria.
FIRE AND EMERGENCY NZ
Fire and Emergency New Zealand are offering free visits to your home to help people make their homes fire safe for them and their families. They are available to provide free information, can help install and test smoke alarms, or provide a free smoke alarm to those who are eligible.
For more information or to book a free visit, contact your local fire station or email FENZwellington@fireandemergency.nz
DATES TO REMEMBER
27th July Netball Duty
30th July Commissioner in School
9th August Zealandia Trip
NAG 1. CURRICULUM
NAG 2. SELF REVIEW
NAG 3. PERSONNEL
NAG 4. FINANCE & PROPERTY
NAG 5. HEALTH & SAFETY
NAG 6. LEGISLATION & COMPLIANCE
NAG 7. SCHOOL CHARTER AND STRATEGIC/ANNUAL PLAN
NAG 8. ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE