Despite the awful rain and wind, we have so much that is fun and interesting at school!! Thank you for being so helpful and patient on Monday at pick up. As we are all well aware it is one driveway in and out. On that note Leslie Ann Linn, Chairperson of the FOWS group has arranged for our MP Chris Penk to revisit our school at 3:00 pm on Friday to see what it is like, and keep the communication going around the need for the speed to be dramatically dropped around our school gates. Please join us if you can.
This began with Years 5 – 8 participating in the Science Roadshow!! Our hall was transformed with all sorts of hands-on interactive experiments to demonstrate scientific phenomenons and get us all thinking!! What a fantastic day, especially as it was so wet. See photos below.
The giant truck!!!
Hamish Fincham having fun!!
Air forces at work!!
These boys loved this, it was just like a submarine
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING
Wai Factor – The first round of auditions have all been completed. A huge congratulations to Charlotte Robinson and Talia Minton for leading this along with judges and helpers, Bella Browne Hale, Emily Adlam and Ollie Smith for all your hard work to get the auditions done and judged.
Judges Bella, Charlotte and Emily deep in “judgement”!!
Congratulations to all the contestants. We were all blown away by your confidence, your give-it-a-go attitude and we loved every single item. So much fun and entertainment. Yesterday all the semi-finalists received a letter to say they are now in the semi-finals starting on Wednesday. There were over 60 auditions in total – amazing!!
4 of our Year 1 dancers – Poppy Mexted, Micky Long, Charlotte Andrell and Chloe Epp
Special thank you to the tech team of Logan Grey, Ben Prestige, and Jurgen Bezuidenhout for managing to get the music cued and the microphones going. No easy feat. Thank you to our two show hosts, Shiva Sivakumaran and Destiny Harris Hatley – well done we loved your outfits and positive comments.
Whole School Assembly Friday 18th June – Takahe team will present thoughts from camp. We will celebrate and focus on the school value of Resilience / Manawanuitanga.
Year 3 & 4 Inquiry Team.
Aarav, Vili, Tiana and Millie
This wonderful group of students from the kiwi team has been spreading the word, their knowledge and passion for single-use plastic with their posters and their information. Well done, this is an example of authentic inquiry.
Lego Day – Olly Smith, a Year 8 councilor has a passion for lego and is wanting everyone to participate. He will start his vision with one class – Rata and set up some challenges for these children next Friday 25th June.
Life Education Van is coming – 5th – 9th July – Always a winner, this “truck” that brings Harold (the giraffe) a teacher and a classroom inside the truck enables us in our classes to explore a range of “life skills”.
Quiz Night is back – Last year COVID-19 stopped these events but this year it’s all go. This annual night for the adults of the community is always great fun, a chance to celebrate, relax meet those neighbours you have been meaning to catch up with. The FOWS group have been planning this over the last term and it is looking to be great. Thank you to Annaliese Hewitt and Nikki Mallon for all your work on this event. Tables of 10 are the maximum but if you don’t have that many please let the office know and we can hook you up with others, even if it is just one or two people.
The second part of our changes to reports is included here.
Reporting to parents
Our report forms are undergoing a change this year, using the Progress and Consistency Tool that reports to parents on progress and achievement.
Our PaCT report will be informing parents of the Teacher Judgements for Reading, Writing, and Maths. These are in graph form, reporting on progress over time, and they have several key elements:
- Progress chart: (A little like a Plunket growth chart) The student’s progress in relation to both curriculum expectations and typical student progress and a projection of the student’s likely progress over the next year.
- Describing progress: A short description that gives an overview of what students can typically do at the part of the scale that the student is achieving at. The next steps to move to the next level of the curriculum are also described.
- Current achievement: The student’s most recent achievement profile across the aspects of the PaCT reading, writing, or mathematics framework.
A more detailed description of the progress chart will be provided in next week’s newsletter.
Wainui School Communication Survey – We have also included a short survey for you to fill in to help us plan for the future. This will also be emailed to every family group. Would you kindly fill this in by Friday 2nd July. See attached link Wainui School Communication Survey 2021
Ka kite ano,