Updates from Jude

Each week in the newsletter Jude writes a reflection piece. 

Below is this week's reflection - scroll down for other topics.

Also see the Positive Education page - one of Jude's passions!

23 February 2024


We have had a big warming week!


Relationship building opportunities galore - between children, staff, staff and children, staff and yourselves.... on it goes. I have just come up with the image of creating string art at primary school. The piece of wood, small nails carefully measured in 1cm gaps and a variety of textured string to choose from to go back and forth and across and come up with some creative masterpiece (at the time!)


Why the reference? I see the relationships that are made in primary schools as the pieces of string. As you layer the string, it becomes more interesting, lots of ideas, skills, passions and strengths, and creates more of a multidimensional 'safety net' surrounding a child. (As well as plenty of string art at primary, I also dabbled in a wide variety of beaded macrame works - it was the '70s, people!)


This week, as well as seeing many of you in and around, whether sausage sizzling, attending Goal Setting Meetings with your child, joining us on the Hikoi. What a stunning 'fresh' evening after the morning that was!  Thanks to all who came along to celebrate where we live, learn and play and the rich history that surrounds us. Big thanks to John for leading the way.


Maybe you were also being welcomed in the Mihi Whakatau or joined us in welcoming newer community members today..... this is such a beautiful occasion and, for some of us, it can really pull at the heartstrings. A special way to end a week. 


It's certainly been all go!


Next week, we have a Whole School Stay and Play scheduled for after school on Friday 1 March, 3.00pm - 4.15pm. Please see more information below.


Hot on the heels, we would love you to come along to the Positive Education/Wellbeing Parent Workshop on Wednesday 13 March, 6.30pm.

(Adults only, please, and feel free to bring grandparents, etc, if they are keen to join us.)


Positive Education is in the 'foundations' of the school and you will see and hear and, hopefully, feel it when you spend time there. It's woven through our curriculum - stand alone and integrated, it's in our written reporting practices, school goals, you name it - maybe it's at the stage where it almost floats in the atmosphere?


Our teachers took time in the Christmas break to build a number of short workshops for you - based on the Science of Wellbeing and how this looks for your child in the classroom. These are always interesting, and parents have commented on the sessions being really worthwhile venturing out for.


This year, you will hear about the what, the why and the how.... followed by 3 areas of exploration with the teachers

Hey, and what is good for the children is good for all of us!

Jude's Reflections 2024

23 February 2024 - Relationship building opportunities

16 February 2024 - Goal Setting for 2024

9 February 2024 - Aspirations for 2024

Jude's Reflections 2023

8 December 2023 - What a Year!

1 December 2023 - 2023 Highlights and Challenges

24 November 2023 - Many hands make light work

17 November 2023 -  The Fair

10 November 2023 -  Our Supportive Community

3 November 2023 -  Strategic Direction

20 October 2023 - Spring is in the air!

13 October 2023 - What's happening in Term 4?

22 September 2023  - Term 3 Reflection

15 September 2023 - The Arts Celebration

8 September 2023 - Visual Arts

1 September 2023 - Positive feedback

25 August 2023 - What sort of school would we say we are?

18 August 2023 - Change across the Education Sector

11 August 2023 - What does success look like for your child?

4 August 2023 - "Other People Matter"

28 July 2023 - Year 6 "Flourish" Programme


21 July 2023 - "What are you looking forward to?" 

30 June 2023 - Term 2 Highlights

23 June 2023 - School in Action Morning

16 June 2023 - Localised curriculum

2 June 2023 - The Library

26 May 2023 - Student Voice

19 May 2023 - "Change the question and you will change the conversation"

12 May 2023 - Mental Health Education Guidelines

5 May 2023 - Kāhui Ako

31 March 2023 - Striving for Excellence

24 March 2023 - New Zealand Curriculum Refresh

17 March 2023 - Motivation and Engagement Wheel

10 March 2023 - Community, Rōpū, bunch, band, neighbourhood... 

3 March 2023 - Goleman's Emotional Intelligence

24 February 2023 - Emotion Coaching for Parents

17 February 2023 - Language is powerful

10 February 2023 - National Education Learning Priorities  (NELPS) for Aotearoa/NZ

Jude's Reflections 2022

9 December 2022 -  Whānau Social Events - End of 2022 / Start of 2023

2 December 2022 - Creatives in Schools programme

25 November 2022 -  End of Year Events

18 November 2022 -  Fair Feedback

11 November 2022 - Encouraging a Community to Flourish

4 November 2022 - Use of Technology

21 October 2022 - Positive Accomplishment

23 September 2022  -  The importance of Student-led Conferences

16 September 2022  - The joys of Camp!

9 September 2022  - Strategic Plan

2 September 2022 - Physical Health

26 August 2022 - Te Wā Mahi Tahi Movie

19 August 2022 - Fair Volunteer Form

12 August 2022 - I am connected!  Relationships and communication.

5 August 2022 - Family Music Jam

29 July 2022 - Launch of Te Wheke - our Zine.

8 July 2022 - Upcoming community events

1 July 2022 - Together we can, individually we can't !

17 June 2022 - Te Kura o Whetūkaingi  is 125 years old !

03 June 2022 - Visual Literacy

27 May 2022

20 May 2022

Jude's Reflections 2021