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7 July 2017

posted 6 Jul 2017, 19:18 by Carolyn Brett
Here we are, the end of the second term of the year - half way through - plenty accomplished and plenty to come!

WOW! WOW! WOW! The Arts Celebration 2017! Can our children and their teachers put it on or what?! The thinking, the maths, the science, the technology, the creativity, the writing, the art! It was all going on. How privileged and grateful I am to be the leader of this extra-ordinary school, where everyone is committed to learning and growth, pushing boundaries and going the 'extra mile'.

Looking ahead to next term, we have some key events - Student Led Conferences....... a Wellbeing/Positive Education Parent Workshop on 22 August at 6.45pm, The Year 3/4 Sleepover, Eastern Zones Sports, Whanau groupings for another whole day event (which is always so interesting and we love!). Plus, a headsup about a Milk and Cookies night for Autahi children and parents on 6 September at 5.30pm and a Parent Connection Point for Rising 5s parents 30 August at 2.00pm.

There will be plenty of great learning opportunities within the context of POWER. Both the junior and senior teams are excited about their respective Inquiries and you can look forward to plenty in their Blogs and Newsletter pieces next term. The juniors are all about the body/science angle and the seniors finding power through their voice in terms of what they are passionate about. It's looking good and the depth and time that goes into the thinking and planning is immense.

Following on from "I am connected" and earlier "I am a goal setter"....., we now turn attention to "I am powerful" as the learner attribute which also doubles for Principal Awards. You can find out more about how all this fits within our curriculum here.

We are also looking forward to completing an internal evaluation on our maths programmes - so look out for more information in Term 3. There is a lot of new thinking and great thinking happening in the mathematics world right now. You may find this short article interesting. Jo Boaler is a bit of a favourite of our teachers!

We look forward to hosting a group of Auckland Principals and teaching groups from outside our immediate vicinity who are interested in how we work and the outcomes we  achieve for learners. 

The extra wonderful School Fair is hotting up and is always a community highlight. Please get involved - collaboration is one of our key principles at WBS after all!  Please remember you can find out more about fundraising here and here

There is another Disco to look forward to as well and I'm sure our Disco Hero is already working on the tunes!

Rust never sleeps on the school property front! There has been a lot going on behind the scenes. You can read a lot more about this in this Newsletter and expect a lot more from now as our building work is becoming more of a reality rather than a dream. Good things take time, they say, and what's that other one about patience being a .......... well... let's just leave it there! 

Speaking of property, as kaitiaki, the guardians, we would appreciate you all keeping an eagle eye on our place over the holidays, if you are up here. Feel free to grab something from the gardens too for a dinner accompaniment. The compost bins are about to get a makeover so we can anticipate the veges flourishing... in due course. Now they will be delicious roasted in the pizza oven and great power for the body!

Have a happy relaxed holiday.