Wednesday, 13 April 2011

End of term message


Kia ora koutou katoa,

We hope you and your family are doing well. As we reach the end of the term it is a good chance to reflect on all the achievements that our children and school has made during this rather 'eventful' term. 

Our thanks must go to the staff team who have ensured a safe and nurturing environment for our tamariki since re-opening on February 28th. This term has no doubt stretched our energies and so the team (and we hope you) are about to get a well-earned rest ready for an exciting Term Two. As our principal, I am grateful for the professionalism and care of our children that the team provide in addition to the amazing learning they inspire every day.

Thank you also to our Board for their leadership and support, as well as to our wonderful PTA who have given us and new whanau awesome support this term. We do appreciate your help!

Your child should now have their portfolio of learning. This is an important part of our reporting process and is a key tool for helping your child(ren) gain feedback on their learning from the term. This is a time for you to celebrate what your child can do, and look forward to their next steps in their learning. Some questions you could ask  your child about their portfolio could be:

What did you learn when you did that? How do you know? 
Can you show me how you know this?
What is the next thing for you to learn?

Our eportfolios are now set up so that when a child or teacher posts to the Ako Blog, it will email the parents/caregivers. We hope this helps you. It is great to see the children excited to be sharing their learning in this way. We will have a solution for printing the Ako Blogs out, if you would like this please send me an email and I'll send you the information.

The theme for the term two is a science focus, where children will develop a deep understanding of:

  • how the earths systems (water, land, air and life) and universe subsystems are interdependent and that all are important.
  • the affect of humans on these systems. 

We will soon be sharing our action plan from our Whanau Hui 2010. A number of the suggestions made during that hui have already been implemented. 

Finally, we hope you have a restful holiday break with your friends and whanau. It's been a challenging last couple of months and so we trust you get some rest and recuperate with the kids. We look forward to seeing you in the new term.

ka kite,



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