Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Greetings to you all!  A special welcome to our new families and new children, Brian Liu, Natasha Couchman-Erickson and Briar O’Connor. 

It is great to see the start we have had to our school year and the enthusiasm shown by all across our wonderful school community.  There is certainly an element of excitement with what the year will bring which has been fueled by the ambitious approach to teaching and learning within our student environments.

Parent Meeting
I was impressed with the number of  parents who came to our first information meeting in week 2.  While it is always good to see a large number of enthusiastic parents within our centre, the real benefit for myself was the ability to help inform you in regard to how we at St Mary’s will be approaching the implementation of collaborative practice.

Following on from this meeting I have had a number of positive comments regarding the approach and aspects of practice that we are all now witnessing.  I would encourage any parents who have questions to first talk to their classroom teacher specifically about how they are approaching working together more actively with their teaching colleagues.

Others have asked for more information in regard to current changes within education.  Below are a couple of links that may help widen your knowledge in regard to the rationale behind changes to education both globally and within New Zealand.

Tony Grey 

Ken Robinsons

Mark Osbourne

Meet the Teacher
On the same note, it is great to see almost a full attendance at our learning conversations held this week.  It definitely shows that you as a parent body are focused on being the best enabler of learning you can be.

New Build
Work has restarted on our current building project which is great to see.  Steve Page has had his machinery in operation over the last few days which has been of great interest to the kids.  Also of interest to you as parents are some health and safety practices that we have been required to implement.  These include controlled entry of all construction related vehicles and specific site access requirements.  Please ensure when you are here out of hours with your children you are aware of any work that is in progress.

Present predictions for the completion of this project are for late June, early July which will mean open for business at the beginning of term 3.

Parking Harvey Street
We have had a number of complaints from our Harvey Street neighbours in regard to current parking practices.  In particular parents parking at the end of the culdesac and restricting the ability for cars to turn around at the end of the street and parking in residence driveways and on grass verges.  As a result, as a school, we are now part of the council traffic monitoring programme which means traffic wardens and police will routinely patrol issuing infringement notices where appropriate.

We would all agree that it shouldn’t come to this and the best way to ensure good traffic behaviour and maintain respect for our neighbours is to make sure you have plenty of time to park, park appropriately and then walk to meet your children.  There are very few places around our school site where children can walk directly to cars in sight of parents.

We have some great events coming up including trips to Waimarino and our PTA Outdoor Adventure Day so please make sure you keep connected to what is happening.

Don’t forget to pop down to school tomorrow afternoon from 2.30pm and visit the Coffee Cart for a free coffee or hot chocolate, kindly sponsored by our wonderful PTA.


Nga mihi nui

Ben Fuller