June Newsletter 2018
Welcome To Winter
Well, winter is here and the school heat pump is on full-time duty!
The frosty sunny days are so beautiful and it such a treat to drive out here each morning to the beautiful sunrise and stillness of a country school. This week we had a -4 temperature when I got to school, so I got out my phone and took some photos for the rural schools facebook page. I don’t think it will be long until we get some snow, but let’s hope it is just a dusting.
NO SCHOOL MONDAY
All children get a lovely sleep in on Monday as it is Queens Birthday and a no school day. YUS!
We have our trip on the Taupo Cruise Cat on Wednesday the 6th of June. We will leave from school at 9.45am to be at the harbor at 10.20am. Students are still required to be at school at the normal time. We are lucky to have a few parents and caregivers coming with us so can adult helpers please be at school to take children by 9.40am. (parents were asked to pay $10 towards the trip, this can be paid directly to the Cruise Cat if it hasn’t be paid to the school prior. )Children need to wear the school uniform and take a jacket, packed lunch, and drink.
We have two lovely new students. Natasha and Bryce Davey started school on Monday and have already made good friends. We welcome them and their parents Michelle and Robert to the area. This brings our school roll to 8.
This week we started “Teacher for a day”, this is where every student has a whole day to be the teacher. They plan lessons, take the whole class for activities, answer the phone, talk to any adults at the school, have lunch in the staffroom and wear mufti. The students really enjoy it and it is so good to see their confidence grow through the day. I have been impressed with their awareness of each others learning abilities and planning suitable lessons for them all. It has also taught empathy and brought the class closer together.
We are going on a picnic to the Kaimanawa Wall-which is down Clements Mill road, on the 11th of June. Claire or Ben Hall will come with us to help transport students. We will need children to bring food to share and warm clothes. This is part of our Native NZ unit. We will be looking for edible plants and bugs while we are in the bush as well as thinking about where the wall came from. As part of our unit, we are researching information on our chosen animal or insect for our speeches which will be recorded soon. These speeches are coming on really well and I have been impressed with the knowledge the children already have to share.
We have had more and more people attend playgroup each week which is fantastic. Next Wednesday we have Kim coming along again from REAP to help the ladies set up the playgroup as a community business and apply for funding. This funding will enable the playgroup to buy play equipment for the hall. Don’t forget to mention it to anyone with little toddlers or babies in the area.
Wednesday 10.30am – 12.00 Gold coin donation to help pay for power.
If you are buying stationery from the Warehouse Stationery, mention Rangitaik School and receive 5% off your purchase.
EVENTURE OUTDOORS- SCHOOL HOLIDAY CAMPS
These July school holidays they are running 2 awesome camps.
Tramping, rock climbing, possum trapping, team building challenges, hot pools and much more.
Edventure Outdoor Camp, Mt Pirongia July 9-13th.
Edventrue Winter Camp, Aongatete Lodge July 16-20th 8-14yr olds
Pick up and drop off ALK, BOP, WAIKATO
Book at www.edventure.co.nz or email Mark@edventrue.co.nz
Have a great, warm, long weekend.