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29 November 2019

posted 28 Nov 2019, 14:37 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 28 Nov 2019, 15:35 by Stephanie Williams ]
Welcome to the final 2 weeks and 3 and a half days of school for 2019. Don't know about you, but I've noticed increased frenzy on the roads, frazzle in the shops and even a bit of pre-Christmas tension in Bunnings!

I don't know whether it's real or it's just what is expected at this time of year and we don't want to disappoint, we want to meet those expectations or, hey, even exceed them! Let's not! I am determined to breathe on through all of this and be optimistic that 'it' will all get done and all plans will come to fruition, that all events can go ahead because of stunning weather (?!) and we achieve all that we hoped to.

This is the week that Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) really stepped up a few notches, where final reporting sessions with teachers and yourselves continued, where those infamous Year 6 Speeches continued on, loved by everyone, some frivolity and merriment at the Poetry Evening, and where the transition programme started..... and..... and........ It's a total smorgasbord of opportunity to connect before we go into the summer break.

We have 2 whole school events to go this year:

The first is the WRAP. This year, there will be a host of musical delights, performances by every class, the orchestra, the ukuleles, the band and a chance for a couple of community sing-a-long songs. For those of you new to the school, everyone piles into the courtyard with a cushion and a picnic and has a bit of a party!

Then, the following morning, it's the community farewell to our Year 6s, whānau and staff leaving. There will be a bit of a bite and tea/coffee in the staffroom from 8.55am to 9.20am before we get seated for the Poroporoaki.

Yes, the calendar is bouncing. Let's approach it all with healthy degrees of optimism...... it's easy to join the frazzled, the frenetic and the fraught at this pre-Christmas time!

I liked this article in The Guardian last week - you may too!