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4 December 2015

posted 3 Dec 2015, 18:12 by Stephanie Williams
Planning for 2016 really winds up from half way through Term 3. The calendars tend to blend. Our calendar is certainly full, there is no denying that! I'm not sure about you... but I'm having to check, double check and then check some more that I am at the right place on the right date at the right time!  

A transition programme has been underway all term. Today in transition, your children worked with, or, if they didn't work with, were told which teacher would be the one 'who takes their roll' and, for parents, the key reporting person.

Shona Fort will be our new Team Leader/teacher in Tautoru next year. We are excited to have Shona joining us. You will find a small intro from her in the newsletter. Nicola will also be joining the junior team, while Gabrielle joins the senior team

Teams:
Autahi: Kath, Gillian

Tautoru: Shona, Chrissy, Nicola, Scott

Mahutonga/Matariki: John, Hamish, Gabrielle 

Suzanne continues in her leadership role, providing support to teachers with a focus on priority learners, special needs, assessment and Reading Recovery. Hayley will also be continuing to provide release across the school.

Carolyn A will only be with us until Easter next year when she has decided to have a 'career change'. Carolyn B, Christine and Tori all remain in their vital support roles. Carolyn A's role will be advertised late January. You also know that Danny will be leaving to take up study and pursue something different and also Anita who is aiming for a part time teaching role. 

Another change for next year is the introduction of the Seesaw app. Some parents have been trialling this this term and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive. 
Think of a digital portfolio that you can hook in from the comfort of your workplace or home. The 'Learning Journal', as we have known it, will disappear and this electronic version will take over: http://web.seesaw.me/learn-more/

This will be an additional part of the Stationery List, and will be set up through Wrap It Up. Stationery details, with the whats and hows, will be provided before the end of the year.

This is the penultimate newsletter for the year as we won't have one coming out the last day of term. Plenty to keep us occupied before then! Like what we witnessed this week. Rust never sleeps!  And, what a week... poetry/plays/music... what an expression of so much of what our school stands for - expression, creativity, individuality, collaboration, inclusivity. Yes, learning can be fun! Your feedback this week just totally reinforces this and, of course, it wouldn't happen without a highly skilled team of teachers!  As if Tuesday wasn't enough, many of these teachers came back for more... in fact a whole night more on Thursday night at the sleepover. Thanks to the teachers and parents who stayed over. It's a huge undertaking, especially so at this time of the year!

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