FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Kia ora koutou,
The temperature has cooled, hasn’t it!! As I write this I have the fire burning at home and feel very privileged I can keep warm and cosy!! I hope you have stocked up on firewood, lots of soup and indoor games. I was fortunate to spend some of last week in Taupo at the Auckland Principals Conference. It was great to have some time to network with other Principals, hear presentations from the Resilience Institute; a company that works with businesses and business leaders, high profile sports teams as well as now sharing their theory, on theories. A highlight was hearing from the very entertaining Richard Taylor, winner of the 10,000 meters at the 1974 Commonwealth Games training under Arthur Lydiard and how important his family were in support.
Cybersafety – Yesterday we had one of New Zealand’s leading cybersafety experts in our school, John Parsons. John works with the New Zealand Police, educationalists and health professionals. I am sure last night you heard many stories from John’s presentation whether you have a 5 year old or 13 year old. John had clear messages and practical strategies for being safe. He message is on empowering children to be in control of themselves, to be powerful and not interact with anything on-line that makes them feel uncomfortable, to “trust their gut feeling”. You, as parents, are very important as all the children have been reminded that, parents help to keep them safe.
Unfortunately we cancelled our own parent night as we only had 4 parents keen to come. BUT we are all invited to hear John Parsons at either the Silverdale School Hall on Wednesday night or at Stanmore Bay School Auditorium on Thursday night, both meetings start at 7.00pm and finish at 8.30pm. The staff at Wainui School all met with John Parsons after school and had a thoroughly engaging meeting discussing the health and safety aspect of cybersafety and the Vulnerable Children’s Act. He had some very relevant stories of processes around the policy and procedures. If you would like any links to some of the You Tube clips he showed or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact either the class teacher or myself.
Camp Shakespear Tui Team Camp – This week 76 children, 3 teachers and an army of parents are all heading out to Shakespear Park for camp. We wish them all great weather (according to one parent, Chris Moore, our most experienced camp parent, the weather will be warmer than the beginning of the week and ok for the activities!! Thank you to every parent who is taking time out of their own work place and joining us. We look forward to hearing the camp stories on return.
Spellathon 2017 Sponsored by Simone du Bernard, Harcourts Cooper & Co!! – This term we are all going to participate in a Spellathon. We will be swapping our programme based on word lists from Gaye Byers programme words for our ‘special’ word lists (all graded according to ability) to boost and focus on our spelling. Spelling complements the school-wide focus on raising achievement across the school in writing. We ask everyone to obtain sponsors, this is a great time for grandma’s, relatives and neighbours to support the school. Simone is donating prizes for each year level. The sponsor packs will come home in two weeks time.
Ka kite ano,
‘Wainui Art Attack’ – During term 2, Wainui School is focusing on the Visual Arts: Dare to Explore the World of Art.
Students will be participating in and appreciating their own and others visual worlds. As our final celebration we will be hosting a ‘Wainui Art Attack’ during the week of the 4th-6th July 2017.
We are inviting local artists to exhibit their art during this week, alongside our students and to take part in our evening viewing on Wednesday the 5th of July from 5pm to 7pm. Our school community and the public are invited to view artworks on display during this time.
We would love to invite you to exhibit your art as part of our ‘Wainui Art Attack’ You will be able to display and sell your works of art, for a small fee. If you are interested and would like further information please contact Anna Collins or Sandy Blackburn at by Friday, June 2nd.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Cyber Safety Day – On the 22nd of May, John Parsons, a NZ Cyber Security expert came to Wainui School to teach us about cybersafety and cybercrimes. I thought that his lesson was very interesting, educational and had a lot of meaning. I had tears welling in my eyes when John told us the story about his childhood. He told us that he was bullied when he was 13 and was living alone on the streets for about a year. There was a lot of things I didn’t know before, he taught us not to put too much private information about yourself or others on social media, not to post pictures of people on the internet without their permission, how a little act of kindness could save a person’s life. I am very grateful to John since this short lesson had taught me so much and the advice for the things I might have to face in my future.
Haruka Seino, School Councillor
Bike Track News – The bike track timetable is below for all the dates you will be riding the track. Remember to bring your bike, helmet and covered shoes. Each class/classes will have a week to ride the track.
– email your sports results to Miss Ludwig in the office,email@example.com
Wainui 3 vs Silverdale. Lost. Outstanding Player: Eliza Dunning. Most Improved Player: Zahara Patterson.
Wainui 4 vs Silverdale Mystics. Won: 9 – 2. POD:Destiny Harris-Hatley. Most Improved Player: Kaleisha Iremonger. Team captain is Destiny Harris-Hatley.
Wainui 5b vs Moreporks. Lost. POD: Mia Thomson and Selina Glasgow.
Wainui 7/1 vs Murrays Bay 7/4. Won: 17 – 4. POD: Caroline Gilpin.
Wainui Blue Yr5/6 vs Pinehurst Dodgers. Lost: 0 – 2.
Wainui Yr7/8 Mixed vs Ponsonby. Won: 8 – 2.
Wainui Yr 7/8 vs Whangaparaoa. Won: 10 – 6.
At the last assembly, the following students received certificates for “Respectful”.
- Kauri: Taine Bracken, Katie Wicks. Writing: Neve Roe.
- Kahikatea: Paris Headford, Jessie Holmes. Writing: Seth Mothersole.
- Miro: Jakob Kerr, Honoka Seino. Writing: Ethan McBride, Bonnie Smith.
- Rimu: Kate Flinn, Jake Glasgow. Writing: Kayla Paladin.
- Matai: Tara Phillips, Molly Taylor. Writing: Grayce Brothers.
- Totara: Ava Elliott, Jacob Woodcock. Writing: Connor Lloyd-Read.
- Nikau: Destiny Harris-Hatley, Staton Ranby. Writing: Eliza Dunning.
- Kowhai: Anna Flinn, Claudia McBride. Writing: Talia Minton.
- Kohekohe: Emilie Kerr, Sterling Purdie. Writing: Riana Bouzaid.
- Pukatea: Harry Browne Hale, Nina Keller. Writing: Emily Coupe.
- Karaka: Emelia Quarterman, Jackson Wright. Writing: Charlize Taylor.
- Puriri: Tripp Glasgow, Liam Miners. Writing: Flynn Dixon.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
- Tuesday 23rd May – ICAS Digital Technology.
- Wednesday 24th – Friday 26th May – Yr 5/6 Camp – Shakespear Park.
- Tuesday 30th May – ICAS Science.
- Monday 5th June – Queen’s Birthday.
- Tuesday 6th – Friday 8th June – Matariki Week.
- Friday 16th June – Spellathon Test Day.
- Friday 16th June – Waifactor Finals.
- Tuesday 4th – Thursday 6th June – Wainui ‘Art Attack’.
- Friday 7th July – Music Performance Assembly.
- Friday 7th July – Sports Awards Assembly.
House for Rent Wanted – A Wainui School family with 2 cats are looking for a 2-3 bedroom house to rent in the Wainui/ Waitoki area. Please contact either mobile 021 0228 1236 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Foster Hope Pyjama Drive – We are again supporting the Foster Hope Pyjama Drive who are aiming to collect 5,000 pairs of new pyjamas in 2017. New pyjamas, from size 0 – 16 are needed, especially sizes 12-16. Pyjamas can be dropped into the school office, and will be passed onto our children in need.
The Artisan Workshops
For all info and to book, go to www.theartisanworkshops.co.