Greetings to all family and whanau of our school and a very warm welcome to the following 42 new students who have started school this year.
Milli Banbury, Isaiah Barry, Nieve Barry, Alexander Bayliss, Niamh Byrne, JayJay Carter, Ella Chea, Kristy Chennoth Smithesh, Minhee Choi, Adam Dillon, Tara Dillon, Mason Francis, Satsuki Fujimoto, Greta Gilbert, Cuinn Harrop, Milla Harrop, Lola Hertnon, Esme Holmberg, Henry Hopkins, Aaniya Jithu, Haeun Kim, Henry Kirk, Maebh Manning, Mia Martin, Gabriel Olvina, Matilda Parry, Madeleine Parry, William Pepers, Lucy Rabbidge, Callum Roberson, Matthew Robinson, Addison Sands, Hazra Syed, William Taylor, Janelle Tustin, Karlah Wadley-Freemantle, Hunter Waites, Amelia Winders, Willem Winders, Liae Yang, Yewon Yue and Yejin Yue.
Summer just seems to keep on happening with some warms days to continue. It is great to see our children wearing their hats and ensuring they are protected from the sun and with the odd bit of rain they have plenty of grass to play on. Hopefully there is more of this fine weather still to come particularly for summer sport.It has been great to hear of the many students taking the opportunity to play one of the codes on offer this term. I certainly enjoy talking with students on Monday and during the week in regard to their sporting experiences. In celebrating our student involvement we also thank our parents and volunteers for their involvement and commitment.
Meet the Teacher
It was great to see so many parents take the opportunity to meet with teachers last week to discuss their children’s learning. As you are aware, parents are our first educators and so make a vital contribution to learning. It is therefore extremely important to be informed about, and involved in the learning process as it applies to your children.This was the second time this year that we finished early as a school. The first being when our staff attended the launch of our Faith Based Community of Learning. I would like to thank parents for the support of both these events and the changes that may have had to be made in regard to family organisation.
Community of Learning
Our Community of Learning (COL) was launched with a Mass and key addresses on Thursday 11 February. This was a great occasion and one that highlighted how advanced we currently are as a community of learning. For those unaware of what a COL is, it is a group of schools who combine to collaborate on the achievement of key achievement challenges. We have been lucky to combine with eight other Catholic Schools in the formation of one of our country’s first Communities of Learning.
Board of Trustee Elections
All of New Zealand’s state and state-integrated schools have a board of trustees. The board of trustees is the Crown entity responsible for the governance, and the control of management of the school. Boards are responsible for setting the strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students, and ensuring that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for students.Standing for election for a board of trustees is a practical way of influencing the quality of your children’s education. A truly successful school is reliant on a dynamic board - one that can create the kind of supportive learning environment that drives education achievement. This year our Board of Trustee Election will be held on Friday 3 June. Interested persons are invited to contact Ben Fuller or any existing board member for more information. An election timeline is overleaf.
The safety of our students is paramount. We request that all parents take due care and diligence in respect to parking at the school. Please do not park in the bus stop. If you are parked on the other side of the road, we ask that you meet your child/ren on the school side and escort them over the road. It is also important that you avoid grass verges when you park your car. Last week we had a visit from a parking warden who issued several infringement notices.A reminder also not to drive your car into the school grounds to drop off a child unless special permission has been granted.
Gold Group Sponsor La Brioche Patissiere
We welcome Manish and Sushma Khot from La Brioche Patissiere as Gold Group Sponsors. Manish and Sushma supply our very popular school lunches on Friday. La Brioche is located at 70 St John Street, T auranga.Please ring the school office if you are interested in becoming a Gold Group Sponsor.