PRINCIPAL’S BIT It has been a busy second week for teachers with our Three-‐Way Interviews. Thank you for making the interviews work so smoothly by being at interviews on <me and taking such a posi<ve interest in your child’s learning. Thank you for your pa<ence if you have had to re-‐schedule due to Mrs Fraser’s absence recently. The Ministry of Health has released a statement about the current round of inﬂuenza [H3N2 strain] that has been aﬀec<ng schools. At Waihao Downs we have had a small percentage of students oﬀ with ﬂu like symptoms. If your child is unwell please keep them at home. This reduces the risk of others being aﬀected by the same virus. It appears that this par<cular bug takes some geLng over, so please don’t be in a hurry to send your child back to school, even if they appear to be over it. The possibility of a relapse is quite high and they may con<nue to be contagious to others. Staﬀ are equally vulnerable to the illness and covering for their absences for a length of <me can be problema<c. The informa<on from Ministry of Health is: Inﬂuenza in Schools Inﬂuenza like illness has begun to impact on some schools in the last 10 days. Although this is the usual <me of year for winter illness it has happened suddenly and some schools have large numbers of staﬀ and students who are sick. Inﬂuenza is a respiratory illness that causes fever, muscle aches, sore throat, coughing and a runny nose. It is highly infec<ous from contact with respiratory secre<ons. The illness can last for 7 – 10 days but most people start to recover aUer 2 -‐3 days. The best way to manage symptoms is to drink plenty of ﬂuids, bed rest and an<-‐ fever medica<on. However if sick people aren’t improving aUer 2 -‐3 days then contact your family doctor as there may be another reason for illness. Ways to reduce spread of disease • Stay home if you are sick • Wash and dry your hands frequently • Cover your cough or sneeze David Pirie Principal
New Teacher Last week the Board interviewed candidates for the middle room teaching posi<on. We are pleased to be able to announce that Kate Mansﬁeld has been appointed to the posi<on and will begin at the beginning of week 6. We are especially pleased that we were able to select a teacher of Kate’s experience and ability, and also that she is from our own community, being a mum to Molly and Anna -‐ new entrants this year. We look forward to having her teach in our school and to the addi<onal elements she can contribute to our school culture.
From next week we will begin work on our whole-‐school produc<on Safari. This will involve daily prac<ce of both the roles and scenes, and the songs that are integral elements of the story. As we men<oned last newsle\er, there are many roles and opportuni<es for all children to shine and have their moment on stage. The process of selec<on and /or cas<ng will involve have mixed age groups learning scenes and possibly having mul<ple roles, which will also mean having mul<ple costumes. This rather ambi<ous plan will require some addi<onal parent help, details of how this may happen will become clearer once we have begun, but please be alerted to the likely need to have helpers once we have our plan in place and know who needs what, in terms of headgear and costume. Mrs Simonsen will be leading the produc<on process up un<l her departure, however all classes will be par<cipa<ng in rehearsal, learning lines and ac<ng skills over the coming month or so. We will conﬁrm the date once we know for sure, but it is likely that we will look to have the an oﬃcial opening of our mul<-‐purpose room combined with the performance so as to make a real occasion of it.
Year 7 visit
This coming Monday we welcome back last years Year 6s -‐ now fully-‐ ﬂedged Year 7s from Waimate High School. This is a new aspect to the transi<on programme that allows the returning students to share their experiences of High School and pop back into their old schools.We are looking forward to seeing them all again, and we hear that they are certainly looking forward to thew visit too.
Year 6 TransiBon Day
The ﬁrst Transi<on Day at Waimate High School for Year 6s is planned for next Thursday 9th August. Students will get the opportunity to mix with students from other schools, see the High School, spend <me with the senior students who will be the peer support leaders next year and they will meet the Year 7 homeroom teachers. The day begins at 10am in the school hall and will ﬁnish around 2.30pm. They will need to bring morning tea, lunch and a drink. The school’s canteen will be open should they wish to buy anything. Stationary invoice Your stationary invoice, for the Terms 1 and 2, was attached to the previous newsletter. It would be appreciated if you would settle the account as soon as possible. Thanks.
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Ski trip One of the tradi<ons here at Waihao Downs School has been that the whole school have a trip skiing once a year. The dona<on that all school families are asked for each year by the PTA is earmarked especially for this purpose. The thinking behind it is that money gathered in this way contributes to learning experiences for all children, and allows for the school to provide these sorts of learning experiences outside the classroom that would ordinarily be beyond t h e reach of some children and their families. The PTA also has a clear direc<ve to try to fundraise from outside the of the immediate school families, which is what the Sports Challenge has successfully achieved in recent years. At the last PTA mee<ng it was decided to try something diﬀerent this year to see if we could oﬀer a be\er skiing experience for all children. As the size of the school has increased in recent years it has become more challenging to get all children transported to the skiﬁeld. It has also been challenging in terms of managing the risks and taking responsibility for student safety, which are very real considera<ons for the school and the BOT. We are planning to go to Roundhill Skiﬁeld in Tekapo this year, on Friday 7th September. A bus will be taking the majority of the school children, with 5 staﬀ accompanying the children and managing their ac<vi<es on the day. There will, as always, be a need for parents and all are welcome to come along, however we will need 5-‐ 6 parents in actual key roles on the day. There is always plenty to do helping kids in hands-‐on ways and people volunteering to do this need to appreciate what’s involved. Clearly there will be a need to have a few private vehicles, but the plan is for the bus to depart at 6.30am on the 7th Sept, with 40 children on board. In previous years there has always been a few unable to come due to illness or absences but overall there shouldn’t be a need for too much extra transport for children. More details closer to the <me, along with the usual risk-‐ management form-‐ﬁlling, but in the mean <me diary this date. We will try to have a postponement date the following week if possible.
3 AUGUST 2012
Other Information Boil Water Notice As we had quite a bit of rain the Waimate District Council advises everybody on the Waikakahi scheme to boil their water.
Week 4 Monday 6 August
Kiwisport Juniors (at school) Year 7 return visit - pm
Tuesday 7 August
Wednesday 8 August Thursday 9 August
Transition Day Y6
Friday 10 August
Kiwisport Seniors Week 5
Monday 13 August
Tuesday 14 August
Fish and Chips Day
Wednesday 15 August Thursday 16 August Friday 17 August
Kiwi sport Seniors Week 6
Values in the curriculum Our school values underpin our current approach to managing behaviour in the school. We highlighted Responsibility in our last newsletter as being one of our six school values, and it is central to the behaviour management procedure. Our school curriculum is built on an alignment of these values and Key Competencies through the 5Cs which overarch all aspects of learning in the school. We reinforce positive behaviour by recognition of the 5C attributes. Those who try hard - Conscientious Those who are inquisitive and enthusiastic to learn - Curious Those who think about others and show caring - Considerate Those who share, listen and express themselves in appropriate ways - Communicator Those who play fair and give things their best - Confident Children have these positive behaviours recognised at our weekly assemblies, and we evaluate children against a set of criteria established in relation to specific learning attributes on their school reports. Every child will be recognised in some way throughout the year by receiving a certificate or two. Most families will have several of these 5C certificates on their fridge or children始s bedroom walls. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions, to be reliable, honest and able to manage themselves. The principles that support this approach are based on three ideas Being fair, being caring and being kind. We aim to built and sustain an environment that supports positive behaviour. As we review how we manage behaviour in the school we are reflecting on the principles that underpin what we do and how we respond to challenging behaviours. We know that positive behaviours can be learnt, and negative ones unlearnt. We will be looking at evidence-based approaches that are known to be effective, if we need to alter anything about our approaches.
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