FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Kia ora Koutou,
Haere Mai, welcome back to Term Three, 2018.
Wainui School has grown so much we are now on a roll of 300 children!! This is quite a milestone for our school and means we have challenges of roll growth. However, we continue to work closely with the Ministry of Education to ensure we can grow and provide the best facilities, teaching and support staff we can as a Board of Trustees!! I am very proud to say we can and do, do all this, very effectively.
This next six months see us planning for a new block of classrooms to be built on the school grounds for roll growth. We have also just been awarded an increase in funding to directly improve the learning environments over the next 5 years. It will never be enough to do everything but we are very pleased to be able to do as much as we can.
We have some changes to staffing to start the term, but the good news for us is, in this time whereby it is getting harder to find enough teachers in New Zealand, we have a full complement of teachers and teacher aides to support all our children’s learning.
We welcome back Miss Caroline Revell, to the team teaching position in Pukatea class with Mrs Richards. Miss Revell has been on Maternity leave to have her beautiful boy Finn.
On leave will be support staff: Melanie Bashford Leave until Wednesday 15th August. Sandy Tucker leave until Tuesday 31st July. Tanya Glover sick leave until Monday 30th July. All of these positions are covered with relief support staff/ current support staff.
Mr Eysink has resigned from his position, this occurred in the school holidays. We are currently working on a replacement caretaker.
Welcome to New Families – Taylah Hadley, Jack Stephenson, Freedym and Tyson Stirling and Ewi Delamere from Waitoki. We will welcome these new families at the next full assembly.
Court Resurfacing – The courts are being resurfaced over the next week. This will mean they are closed until the job is complete. Please use other areas in the school for practices but make sure you have checked with us if the area is free for use. We have so many teams the practice areas are at a premium.
Science Road Show – Year 7&8 are attending the Science Road Show on Wednesday 25th July.
Japanese students from Hatsushiba Ritsumeikan – This Wednesday 25th July at 3.15pm in the staffroom we are having a meeting for all host families. We will have Saori (Japanese Liaison) and Louise (World Class) there so you can ask any questions you may have about hosting.
Our students will arrive next week. This is always an exciting time for us as our school gains 24 junior high students (12-13 year olds) who have come for 10 days to experience “kiwi culture” in a home stay setting, improve and practice their English in the school setting and have some fun with us all. Thank you to Miss Ludwig who has done a tremendous job of finding home stays for all the students, thank you to all the families who are billeting a student. The students will experience some independent English lessons in their own classes.
NEXT WEEK & THIS TERM
School Disco – Planned for Friday 3rd August. This enables the Japanese students to be involved!! The year 7&8’s have a fun evening planned with a “Movie theme”!! Years 1-4 from 5 – 6.30pm and years 5-8 from 7 – 9pm.
Principal and Teachers Strike Action – Is set for the afternoon of Wednesday 15th August. As soon as we have more details we will inform you. The Unions of both the Principals and Teachers have rejected the current offer from the Government and have voted to take action. Please plan for this date and some inconvenience.
Learning Conversations – This term will be in week 4 on Tues 7th August, Wed 8th August and Thurs 9th August from 3 – 6pm each day. More information on how to book a time etc to come this week.
Winter Sports Teams All Competitions Continue – Thank you to all the coaches and managers continuing to support and train the children. Please ensure you know the times for practice and help by getting to these practice times and matches on time. Could all coaches please send me a photo or two or your team either playing or practicing, as I would like to do a big feature in the newsletter and on the website early this term.
Some admin items:
Lunches – Can be ordered daily now through Munch box. See their website www.munchbox.nz. Bringing your own lunch, children must have a lunch box, we are still a “nude” food practicing school that is try not to use non-recyclable plastic wrapping.
School Starts – At 8.55am, please ensure your child is here ready to begin learning by then, good practice to arrive no later than 8.45am.
Pick Up After School – Any changes to pick up or bus arrangements must be given to the office no later than 2pm to ensure the message is cleared and passed to your child.
Clothing and Shoes – Please ensure all items are named, this really helps return them to their owner. We will continue to not have a lost property box this has worked very well for us all.
Ka kite ano,
Stu Duval – Artist and storyteller is coming to Wainui. He will be here for two full days of story Performances and inspirational workshops in cartooning and creative writing across all ages and levels. Magic!
When: Thursday and Friday 9th & 10th August.
Cost: $5 per child for 2 sessions.
Ag Day Chicks – Once again we are selling One Day Old Chicks for Ag Day. They need to be ordered by Wednesday 1st August to arrive on Friday 17th August. Please see the order form and information at the back of this newsletter.
Library – Thanks to all who supported our fundraiser to raise money to purchase a new blind for the library. The new blind is getting made and will be installed very shortly.
PEEPs Update – Thanks so much to all the volunteeer parents who helped with our PEEPs programme last term, it was a huge success. We are looking forward to working with you all again this term as we introduce our Garden to Table programme in conjunction with PEEPs.
We would also like to thank the many businesses who have helped us by donating free items to help us run our programme. Recently we have had Cypress Sawmill donate 15m of garden edging, Central landscaping who have given us cut price soil and free delivery and Gardenia for their free garden tools to the value of nearly $700. Thanks so much for your support.
This term we are hoping that the community will help us by collecting their rubbish and bringing it to school for us we are looking for clean items of tin cans, plastic soft drink bottles, milk containers, plates, bowls, metal tins, glass products. Any rubbish/ kitchen items/ shed items that will be able to withstand the elements if left outside, as Tui Team will be making rubbish sculptures. We are also still after any donations of pots, soil, gardening gloves, gumboots anything else you think may be useful. If unsure please email me email@example.com
Lights! Camera! Action! Disco – Is on Friday 3rd August. This is a movie theme, allowing you to dress up as your favourite movie character, whether it’s Elsa from Frozen, Mickey Mouse, or Captain Jack Sparrow. There will be two discos, one for Year 1-4 and one for Year 5-8. For each disco there will be a regular $5.00 ticket allowing entry, a hotdog and a drink. For something new this year there will also be a $10.00 premium ticket, which includes entry, a hotdog and drink, a lolly bag, a Juicie and three glow bracelets. Tickets can be bought at the school office. The Year 1-4 disco will start at 5:00pm and finish at 6:30pm, and the Year 5-8 will go from 7:00pm until 9:00pm. So come along, dance till you drop, and make some fantastic memories with some of the most recognisable people the world has ever known.
Quiz Night – Wainui School’s annual Quiz Night is coming up on Saturday 1st September. This year’s theme is Bollywood, so get a team together and get dressed up and come along to this fun filled night of all things trivial. Tickets are $15 and will shortly be available from the office. There will also be a live auction of great items on the night. Your friendly Friends of Wainui School team would love to hear from you if you have anything to donate for the auction, donations could include things such as vouchers for goods and services, accommodation or activities. All donations will be gratefully received! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Remember to email your sports results to Miss Ludwig in the office, email@example.com
Wainui Yr 3/4 Boys vs Torbay Turf Warriors. Won: 3 – 1. POD: Sunny Odedra.
Wainui Yr 5/6 Boys vs Murrays Bay. Lost: 3 – 6. POD: Cole Davies.
Wainui Blue Y5/6 Girls vs Birkenhead. Lost: 1 – 3. POD: Kasidy McCallion.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
- Tuesday 24th July – Board of Trustees Meeting – 6.30pm.
- Wednesday 25th July – Science Roadshow – Yr 7/8.
- Wednesday 25th July – Meeting for Japanese Student Host Families – Staffroom – 3.15pm.
- Monday 30th July – Thursday 9th August – Japanese Students from Hatsushiba Ritsumeikan.
- Tuesday 31st July – ICAS English.
- Wednesday 1st August – Last day for Chicks orders.
- Friday 3rd August – Lights! Camera! Action! School Disco – Juniors: 5 – 6.30pm, Seniors: 7 – 9pm.
- Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th August – Learning Conversations – 3 – 6pm each day.
- Thursday 9th & 10th August – Stu Duval – $5.00 per student.
- Wednesday 15th August – Parents Social Networking Event – Northern Union Gastro Pub – 7pm – 8.30pm.
- Saturday 1st September – Quiz Night.
The Artisan Workshops
How to prune your fruit trees – Sat 28th July, 1-4 pm, $45.00
Fix the problem of fruit trees that just look at you blankly and unapologetically. With coffee and baking of course:)
To book, go to www.theartisanworkshops.co.nz/message
on Fb/027 234 3242