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1 June 2016

posted 31 May 2016, 18:00 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 31 May 2016, 18:01 ]
During the last holidays we had our lovely new carpet put down in the senior spaces. 

Following hot on the trail:
  • $1200.00 of new non fiction books for our library collection
  • 30 mini iPads on their way to support student goal setting/reflection and a whole lot more
  • 3 intensive days of professional learning for staff in developing writers
....... and that's just in the last week! 

Without your huge contribution to our 'locally raised funds', this learning and purchasing of learning resources and smartening up the environment wouldn't happen. The Fair (being the biggie), the weekly sausage sizzles, pizza lunches, discos, the inaugural Ceilidh, and a fantastic amount of voluntary contribution payments already made means we can support the achievement of the children coming to school today.

By the looks of the recently announced budget, we won't be in for any increases soon, as any increase in education spending will be going to schools with the greatest achievement challenges. So, we will continue to rely heavily on our locally raised funds. So, thanks for the ideas, for getting heads together on a winter evening and connecting as a community to support us moving forward. 

You are role modelling the key attributes we are aiming to develop in our children:
  • I am powerful
  • I am connected
  • I am a thinker
  • I am a goal setter
You are also role modelling the key competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum Framework:
  • Thinking
  • Relating to Others
  • Understanding Language, Symbols and Texts
  • Managing Self
  • Participating and Contributing
If we reflect on the work of Albert Bandura, way back in 1977, around observational or social learning, he and his colleagues were able to demonstrate that learning could occur through the simple processes of observing someone else's activity. When your children observe you engaging and providing such a positive contribution, it can only be a great thing.