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22 November 2019

posted 21 Nov 2019, 18:10 by Carolyn Brett
It was lovely to celebrate with you last Friday at the Choccy Fish, this time with a bit of sunshine and plenty of wind. Oh, the elements! They keep us on our toes!

With plenty of outdoor activities planned from now until the end of the school year, let’s hope the weather gods don’t decide to party too much more!

As we put the foot further on the accelerator for the remainder of the year, we will be needing to practice all of the wellbeing techniques we implement in the classrooms. The teachers are full on behind the scenes pulling all the cohort data in Reading, Writing and Maths from 2019, and will be celebrating progress with the Board in a couple of weeks. This information then supports us to set goals in these areas for 2020.

Alongside the 3 Rs, we collect student voice in other learning areas and will be finalising wellbeing data in Years 5-6 as well. It’s a very focused time of year!

Additionally, the teaching teams for 2020:
     Autahi (Year 1):  Carl, Beth, Hayley
     Tautoru (Years 2-3): Ximena, Mikayla and Scott. Jacqueline - Reading Recovery
     Māhutonga Matariki (Years 4-6): John, Jenny, Nik and Nicola
     SENCO / Additional Support / much more: Suzanne

Have been looking carefully at students needs, areas for stretch, areas of challenge and using this to help shape curriculum whilst optimising teacher strengths.

We are now half-way through the Year 6 Farewell Assemblies. For those of you who can make the Poroporoaki at 9.30am on Wednesday 18 December, if you can stay on afterwards, you will get to hear all of the speeches again. I know many of our parents of young children love listening to these and it makes them excited to think about their own child and where they will travel over the next few years before it’s them up there sharing their insights in their own unique style!

Teachers are also well into the final meetings of the year with you where you will also receive a written report. These may fill two sides of A3 but please recognise the hours of discussion, comparison, recording, critique and sometimes debate that sit behind these.

The ol’ cliche ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ rings more true in a collaborative teaching environment than elsewhere..... and it takes more time and communication.

So let’s sprinkle our teaching staff and all of our support staff - Steph, Carolyn, Christine, Helen, Madi, Cloe, Teuila - with kindness and recognise their efforts before we enter into summer. (Did I hear the word 'summer'?!)
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