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VOLUME 156 NUMBER 05 ~ TERM 1 WEEK 10 WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL 2016 Published every even week during school terms. Posted to school families, the wider community, on the web and emailed by request. Copy and casual advertising for #06 published Wed 11 May 2016 closes Thu 5 May.

QUOTE I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso

CALENDAR Mon 4 Apr Wed 13 Apr Thu 14 Apr Fri 15 Apr Mon 2 May

* Further information elsewhere in the newsletter.

Friends Art Prog with Jon Lawrence (UK) Trustee Training – Health & Safety Last day of term for Pelorus schools’ cluster Teacher Only Day Pelorus schools Last day T1 for remaining Marlborough schools Term 2 starts Yr 7/8 off to Technology [closed-in footwear]

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BIG DAY OUT Kaituna and Wakamarina students are requested to bring a named soft toy to school for Kiwi Can on Wednesday 13 April – we are celebrating positive relationships with a Teddy’s Big Day Out.

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The Importance of Difficult Conversations Reprinted with permission from the New Zealand Education Gazette Tukutuku Kōrero Ministry of Education Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga Vol 95 No 5 21 March 2016

Talking with parents about the way their behaviour affects their children can be challenging. Education Gazette talks to Dr Russell Wills about approaching these discussions, and why it is so important that teachers have the skills to do so. This is really hard. Nobody enjoys doing this, but we all want to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children.” This is how Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills describes the challenge – and importance – of having difficult conversations in a new series of videos outlining the work of the Children’s Action Plan (to view the videos go to: www.goo.gl/4WY7rA). He is also a paediatrician who regularly refers children he has concerns about to support services. These concerns could stem from a parent’s drug use, mental health issues, or violence – and how this behaviour affects their children. Dr Wills acknowledges that referring a child to support services requires difficult and challenging communication with parents. But it is often the first step to implementing positive change in the lives of vulnerable families. A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT Because teachers make up an important component of the children’s workforce, the Children’s Action Plan wants to help educators to have these conversations. Dr Wills believes teachers, who are working ‘at the coalface’, are very well aware of the problems in their school community. “I think teachers are smart. They’re identifying these problems every day,” he says. “These problems are increasing, and I think teachers know that. They know which children need those referrals, and so the next step is ‘what do I do about this’? And that’s where we need to do better.” There are a number of reasons why teachers might feel hesitant about having these

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conversations with the parents of their students, and sometimes it’s as simple as believing it’s not their job to do so, says Dr Wills. “Sometimes there’s a belief that this is someone else’s job. It’s not just in the teaching profession, but in other disciplines, too. There’s a belief that these problems are uncommon, when in fact they’re very common.” Reluctance to have these conversations can come from a lack of skills and confidence, or a misguided belief that we are meddling. “Sometimes teachers believe ‘it’s not my business, that I’m breaching confidentiality, it’s not my role.’ But none of that is true. These problems are so prevalent, that it’s simply unrealistic to expect that there are enough social workers to deal with these problems. “So all of us who work with children need to have these core skills, to be able to have difficult conversations with children and with parents – conversations that are safe and allow us to figure out what’s going on, and to make appropriate and safe referrals.” WHAT’S AVAILABLE TO HELP? “That’s what the Children’s Action Plan is working on now,” he says. “All the teacher professional bodies recognise that these are core skills for teachers, and we need to work on them. “The question is not ‘is it our job?’ Of course it is. The question is, ‘how do we get that knowledge and skills to practitioners at the coalface, so they can ask questions safely and well, and make appropriate referrals?’ ” That will be discipline-specific. “There are systems already in place in different disciplines. We need to have discussions, within the different groups, about best practice within that discipline, so we can get our workforces up to that skill level. “What is not going to happen, is me as a paediatrician telling midwives or nurses or teachers how to do it in their job. “But what I can do is describe what works, and what doesn’t work. The video clips model an evidence-based and effective way to have a challenging conversation with parents. “And my experience of that is that all practitioners can learn those skills.” THE VIDEO CLIPS The Children’s Action Plan (go to: www.childrensactionplan.govt.nz) has released a set of video clips to illustrate how straightforward these conversations can be. The clips feature Dr Wills demonstrating how he challenges families about these issues and then gains their support for a referral to a Children’s Team or to the Vulnerable Children’s Hub. “The videos show that these Mauri Ora nā Akoranga ~ Learning for Life… since 1861

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are skills that anyone can learn. It demonstrates that these skills are straightforward,” he says. But it’s important that teachers are given time to learn and practise the skills thoroughly. “You can do harm by doing this poorly, so they’re skills that need to be properly taught, before attempting them with vulnerable families.” “Teachers who are in Children’s Team areas (there are 10 around the country) will have access to professional development, to help them learn those skills. They have to be formally taught and practised in role play, in a supervised and safe setting.” Children’s Teams Children’s Teams represent a new way to support vulnerable children whose issues do not quite meet the statutory intervention threshold of Child, Youth and Family. A joint approach, these teams work with existing networks, such as government agencies, iwi and other nongovernmental agencies, in a specific region to create a personalised plan for each child and their family. If you are a teacher in an area where there is a Children’s Team (and Marlborough is one of these), you can refer a child directly to this service. However, it is always good practice to talk with the family first, and change is more likely if the family is engaged from the beginning. Go to the Children’s Action Plan site (www.childrensactionplan.govt.nz) for more in-depth information. You can watch the videos, and read more about difficult conversations here: www.goo.gl/4WY7rA.

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RECOGNISED RECENTLY acknowledging recent achievement, effort and commensurate reward Reading 25 nights Chloe Hackett, Bailey McLean-Waltho, Max Skehan, Phynix Lagden, Drew O’Donnell, Kaedyn Pulham, Conor Clark, Kelan Bailey, Tane Ward, Berekata Obetaia, Ben Robbins, Courtney Brownley, Kaleb Lawrence, Hazley Hrstich, Ollie Foote, Kaytie Mulholland, Kaya Luscombe, Mia Higgins, Ruby-May Illsley-Slape, Jack Mulholland, Zoe Luscombe, Ashley Mulholland, Anika McPhee, Denzil Robertson, Dakota Tyson, Ari Tremain 50 nights Curtis McKay, Josh Steele, Ellie Gatjens, Hunter Elvy, Abbey Lawrence, Manawa Ward, Hannah Roborgh, Isla Baillie, Jack McKay, Skye Gatjens, Molly-Jo Munro, Ayla McPhee, Alex Steele, Towa Urakawa Murdoch, Caleb Bailey-Gatchell, Emma McCauley, Jessie Gatchens, Tayla Munro, Jordan Lawrence, Maryanne Rimene-Solomon, Boyd Elvy, Ashelyn Horton-Smith, Kane Elvy, Lafai King, Olivia Johnson DRY FIREWOOD Gum, Douglas Fir, Lawson mix $240 (COD) for 3.6m3 load. Phone Rose 574 2954 or Tish 574 1416

KPH IF A

HAS STOPPED

If a school bus has stopped, you must slow down and drive at 20 kph or less until you are well past (no matter from which direction you are coming) if:  

the bus displays a school bus sign on which the lights are flashing, or the bus displays a school bus sign (with or without flashing lights) and has stopped for the purpose of picking up or dropping off school children.

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BLENHEIMS POP-UP PARKS “Mitchells on Wynen” is a new space for kids in the centre of Blenheim where, during business hours, Monday to Saturday, a container of sports equipment is available for free use at this site. We ask that everyone respects this donated equipment and this space. It has been created as a downtown park especially for youngsters. The gear will be packed up at the end of each day and kept secure overnight. We hope your children will enjoy this childfriendly space in our town centre. MDC Hi Everyone. Winter will be here soon and what better way to get fit and stay fit. Zumba is a great way to get out, get some exercise and meet some lovely people. Feel free to come along and watch a class to get an idea of what Zumba is all about. Please like Havelock Zumba Pam Elvy on Facebook for updates. 2016 WEEKLY TIMETABLE - Havelock School Hall (off Lawrence Street) Monday evening class 6pm-7pm Wednesday class 9am-10am (Havelock Town Hall) Thursday evening class 6pm-7pm Friday class 9am-10am $5 per class (under 10yrs free) 10-18yrs $2 per class. Concession cards are available. Please wear comfortable gear and shoes. Remember to bring a drink of water and a small towel. Pam Elvy 5741046 / 021 2632 431

Feel the music. Live, Laugh, Dance!

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POOL CLOSES After a long season the time has come to close down the pool for the winter. Keyholders should make a note return their season key to the school office by the end of the term. If not sure please contact the school and get this sorted. A $20 refund is only possible if the key is returned before Thursday April 14.

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www.kaitunaridgesramble.kiwi.nz

KAITUNA RIDGES RAMBLE 9 April 2016 Fantastic mountain bike/walk around the ridgeline of the scenic Kaituna Ridges Farm At the base of the Pelorus Sounds Registration 8:00 – 10:00 am. Set off as soon as you registered – this is not a race WHERE Kaituna Ridges, 76 Readers Road, Havelock ENTRY FEE $20 Adult, $5 Child, $40 Family A community fundraiser for the Pelorus Community Preschool RATBAGS RAMBLE Simple map way finding course for kids to identity points of interest! Kids under 10 to be accompanied by an adult – great fun with prizes!! Bring the whole family!! Registration 8:00 – 9:30 am. $5 pp

REAP's aim is to give the Rural Community support, the opportunity to partake in activities in their area and to provide a tutor for the activities chosen by those interested. These courses are being organised by Havelock Community Education Service with REAP support. Cheese Making ~ Tutor: Date and details: Yet to be arranged. Pasta Making ~ Tutor: Piero Rocco. Date and details: Yet to be arranged. GrowSafe/Agrochemicals ~ Tutor: Dean Bowden. Date: Mid-year yet to be arranged. If you are interested in any of the above or have an interest in any other courses which could be arranged please contact: Rita Jacobson, 5742176 email: ritacollet@clear.net.nz for further information. KIWI RANCH – CURIOUS COVE APRIL JUNIOR CAMP Mon 25th – Fri 29th April. Ages 8 – 11 yrs. Cost $180. Enrolments now open @ www.curiouscove.org Don’t miss out – enrol NOW! Mauri Ora nā Akoranga ~ Learning for Life… since 1861

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DOUBLE DOLPHIN AWARDS Last week three of these were awarded. The parents of Rico Scott, Drew O’Donnell and Alfie Foote recently received a congratulatory card sharing the news that one of their children had received a Double Dolphin Award. Kiwi Can leaders Di and Sophia handed the awards out at assembly last week acknowledging these three students as exemplary role models especially when it comes to cooperation. Ka pai. APRIL SCHOOL HOLIDAY NETBALL PROGRAMME 2016 These school holidays we will be running holiday programmes for any interested Y1-8 netballers. The allocated day will include:  Ball skills, catching and passing.  Correct shooting technique (for their age)  Balance  Defensive  Take Off  Pivoting  Dodging and much more  Plus mini games

REGISTRATION FORM: (DUE BACK BY THE 12TH OF APRIL) Please circle one. Y1-2 April 20th (Wednesday) 10AM -1PM Y3-4 April 21st (Thursday) 10AM -1PM Y5-6 April 27nd (Wednesday) 10AM -1PM Y7-8 April 28th (Thursday) 10AM -1PM VENUE: Horton Park, Redwood St

This will be run like a circuit so will have allocated time slots at each session and then NAME: everyone will come together for game time SCHOOL: where they will be split off into small teams. Each participant will need to bring: 1. Suitable clothing and footwear. 2. Drink bottle and lunch 3. Possible change of clothes if for any reasons the weather changes.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS:

All netball gear will be supplied by Marlborough netball.

COST: $15 PP

Any queries contact: Anna Archie – Marlborough Netball Development Officer ndo@marlboroughnetball.org.nz 027 326 4520 Mauri Ora nā Akoranga ~ Learning for Life… since 1861

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Payment can be made to: Marlborough Netball 03 1355 0779855 00 with Surname HP for reference. (eg: ArchieHP) Or you can pay cash on the day. Digital colour version with active links available via homepage – see top menu

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PELORUS RIPPA RUGBY We will be having a muster/practice on Sunday 10th April at Linkwater School 1pm for all kids wanting to play Rippa Rugby this season. So far we have a few kids interested in the 6 under Grade. The season runs from 7th May - 27th August every Saturday Morning. Weekly practice will be held after the school holidays every Wednesday afternoon after school at Linkwater School commencing 4th May. For more information, call Jason or Amber on (03) 5742686

Farmlands Mini Makos School Holiday Program The Dates: The Venue: The Time: The Age Groups: The Idea: The Program: The Cost: The Coaching: To Register:

Payment:

Monday 18th April to Wednesday 10th April 2015 Lansdowne Park, Blenheim (home of the mighty Makos) 9.00am – 12.15pm Daily 7 -12 years Learn to become a better rugby player and have a lot of fun at the same time, and of course stay fit and active during the school holidays!! Various Skills, Techniques, Activities, Games and One on One Coaching. $40.00 per single child, $30.00 per child when you register as a family (2 or more from same family) and $30.00 if you have to travel 30km or more. Coaching staff will include local MRSU coaches, some up and coming Tasman Makos and members of the college 1st 15. Contact: Rich Harris Tasman Rugby Union, Marlborough Office Phone: (03) 5784070 Fax: (03) 5784072 Email: richard@tasmanrugby.co.nz Registrations Close Thursday 14th of April Numbers limited so be in quick! Entry fee must be paid with entry form. Cheques made out to Marlborough Rugby Sub Union Bank deposit to: Marlborough Rugby Sub Union Account number: 03-1354-0034819-00 Reference: MINIMAKOS – (child’s name)

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- Quiz Night

Can stay onsite in mobile home!

JUNIOR TABLE TENNIS The Marlborough Table Tennis Association is again running junior table tennis starting Tuesday 3rd May 2016 which will run during Terms 2 and 3. 4pm – 5pm Beginners and developing players. 5pm - Two player teams’ competition, any gender, A and B grades. Blenheim Indoor Sports Centre 50 Batty’s Road. To register phone Debbie 578 6822, cell 021 163 2140 or e-mail deb_e_j@hotmail.com Mauri Ora nā Akoranga ~ Learning for Life… since 1861

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PELORUS QUIZ NIGHT Piers, Tracey and Vicki did another superb job making this popular event the success it was. Originally planned to take place at the Captain’s Daughter, it became evident that a larger venue would be required and so late in the week the call was made to move it to the school hall. Setting up was thus a little easier by way of proximity but the huge effort needed prior was no less diminished. Weeks of planning into the types of sections, the questions themselves and the formatting were well thought through - previous experiences were always going to make this a popular event to which to return for another night of entertainment and assuage that all important competitive streak in all of us. As can be seen, the hall was full of hopefuls competing for the cup which was eventually rightfully claimed by The Thespians. The logos below give some idea of the huge numbers of sponsors who help make this event so popular with spot prizes and the overall incentives for coming. Pelorus is well on the way to Wellington with well over $2000 raised by this event alone. Thanks to both those willing to chance their collective intelligence and the generosity of the sponsors. Mauri Ora nā Akoranga ~ Learning for Life… since 1861

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Particular thanks to Selena Robbins, Julie Black and Nardia Allen for their help both prior to and on the night as well. Again a huge Thank You to Tracey, Piers and Vicki for their creativity, energy and drive to make this a really neat community event. The funds raised were certainly on a par with the fun raised on the night. We look forward to the next time.

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CLEANING POSITION BECOMING VACANT Our cleaner Doug Agnew is heading south and so leaves the school’s employ from the end of April. Although only with the school a short time, and during the messy time of the toilet renovations etc, Doug has kept us ship shape. We wish Doug and Aleona our collective best wishes. RENOVATIONS… These are well advanced and almost getting to the exciting part. Interior decorating should be complete by the end of the term and the new wall-to-wall carpeting is to be completed during the April holidays. The cupboards and benches have just moved from Kaituna to their final positions and we await the bathroom joinery and hardware, the completion of the floors and final wiring and plumbing. Classes will be somewhat disjoint over these last two weeks as time and spaces are reorganised to make way for the work to continue. Interior decorators are sprucing up the classroom paintwork… looking good. The hall is currently fulfilling its intended role of a multi-purpose room as students and programmes are shuffled about.

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SCHOOL CLEANER 14 hours per week Commencing May 2016

The successful applicant will be able to work within a school environment (Police vetted), function within a glide-time framework, have a sense of humour, be of positive disposition, a problem-solver and able to work without supervision.

Should you want to apply please submit your application electronically to the email address below nominating three referees incl contact details with whom contact may be made. Seek a Job Description from or apply to: The Principal principal@havelock.school.nz or ph 027 448 4789 Applications close 30 April 2016. Mauri Ora nā Akoranga ~ Learning for Life… since 1861

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