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13 November 2015

posted 12 Nov 2015, 17:12 by Stephanie Williams
If you didn't get enough activity in Our Secret Garden Sunday, be assured it's all stations a-go-go as we head towards 18 December 1 pm!

Changes to the Education Act - consultation period until 14 December 5 pm.

For a quick glance as to what and why check out 


The Ministry of Education to wanting a range of views on the following 5 proposals:
  • Making sure everyone knows the goals for education - What the goals for education should be, and how national priorities for learners aged 0-18 years could be set out.
  • Supporting school and kura boards to focus on what’s important - How the responsibilities of boards can be made clearer, unnecessary red tape can be removed, and 
    boards can respond more effectively to lift student and school performance.
  • Enabling collaboration, flexibility and innovation - How resources can be better focused to get the best whole-of-community education outcomes.
  • Making every school and kura a great one - How a graduated range of responses could be developed to better support schools when difficulties arise.
  • Making best use of local education provision - How local arrangements can support choice and diversity.
An easy way is through an online submission if you are interested: https://consultation.education.govt.nz/

Some other dates to diary:

  • Data Meetings - booking are now open online. Please see instructions in the newsletter. If you are new to the school, please chat to the teachers if you are unsure what to do or what this is all about.

  • Digital Technology/BYOD Seniors 2016 Thursday 19 November 3.00 - 3.30 pm (please see information in this newsletter too)

  • Autahi Family Picnic - Thursday 19 November 4.00 - 6.00 pm

  • Mahutonga/Matariki Trip to Otari Bush - Thursday 26 November

  • Mahutonga/Matariki Fish & Chip Night - Sharing and Celebrating the Year - Tuesday 1 December 6.00 - 7.00 pm
  • Year 3/4 Sleepover - Thursday 3 December

  • Year 6 Dinner and Parents of Year 6 Drinks - Thursday 10 December 6.00 pm
  • The Wrap 2015 - Wednesday 16 December 5.30 pm  
    at is The Wrap? This is the time for the entire community to get together to celebrate the year and have a bit of a sing song. It is relatively informal, with families sitting and singing together. 
    A central focus of the evening is to farewell our Year 6 graduates and they have an opportunity to say a few words.

    The pizza ovens will be fired up and we will have some beautiful books on display with the hope of families purchasing and donating to the school library collection.  Children love seeing their 
    'Donated by ............' labels in books, or they also make a lovely 'farewell' from a Year 6 graduate!

Hope to see you at the Chocolate Fish tonight at 5.00!