October Newsletter .Welcome to Term 4.
It is hard to believe another year has gone by. As I write this newsletter we have already started to plan the Christmas concert and end of year activities at school. The sun is shining and one of our chickens is sitting on eggs. It is shaping up to be a fun-filled last term.
We have 5 students at school at the moment with two more New Entrants starting very soon. Grace Donoghue is starting on Monday and has already had her school visit.
I will send home a school calendar today so that you can put it on your fridge and keep up to date with events happening at school.
Our school topic is “What’s the problem”? which is all about giving our students lots of problem-solving activities. As part of this, we have another great ‘school kit’ all around solving a mystery. We will also be completing science experiments and developing our robotic coding further. Students will work on their key competencies of thinking, participating and contributing and understanding language, symbols, and text. They will work together on tasks, learning to be co-operative learners. They will develop resilience skills as they make mistakes and re-work or re-think their problems.
We have been donated a trailer load of toys from the Wairaikei Playcentre that shut down this week. We have ride-on and play equipment as well as high chairs and baby toys. Please come along each Monday at 11 am. We need a hand to give them a cleanup.
We have a new friend at school each day. His name is Whisky and he is a 3-month-old Miniature Schnauzer. Whisky does not shed so is hypoallergenic. He loves people and is very intelligent. The children love having him at school and we all take responsibility for his daily care. We are hoping that when Whisky is a year old he will be accepted to be a Therapy dog. Therapy dogs are trained to provide comfort and affection to people in hospitals, retirement homes, hospices, schools and other places where they are needed. Therapy dogs work alongside their owners/handlers.
Why is important: Therapy dogs in the school setting can not only make a difference in terms of gaining various skills such as reading enhancement, but also in contributing to emotional and relational development. Petting a dog is shown to reduce blood pressure, lower levels of stress and increase in oxytocin. They are also contributing to respiratory and cardiovascular health.
Summer BBQ social night
We thought we would have a school community catch-up now that the weather warming up.
This will be on Friday the 29th of November from 2.30 pm onwards. Children can stay after school and we will crank up the BBQ and play some summer games on the field.
B. Y.O drinks and picnic food.
This will be on Friday the 13th of December in the Community Hall at 6pm.
The children will start rehearsing for their Christmas items soon. We need help to make the following costumes.
Bonnar- Little boy (pajamas )
Diago- Santa (Santa suit)
Dylan- Rudolf (brown clothes, antlers, and red nose)
Trey, Benjamin, Grace, and Eraia – Elf ( Elf costumes.. tights, little elf hats etc)
I will remind you closer to the time but start thinking about it now.
Remember that Monday the 28th of October is a holiday for Labour Day.
We have a school cleaning position going for 2020.
This position is an hour a day and pays around $18 an hour.
Last but not least.
- Calendar art order forms will come home in the next week or so ready for those Xmas present orders.
- School photos will be taken in December.
- Freerange eggs are still available at school for $5 per doz.
- Fish n chips, hotdog n chips, and burger n chips are still available on Fridays for $6 .