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Myross Bush School Newsletter

from the Principal

Find out more at The Senior classes have started using Ultranet as their class websites and student portfolios. You can find out more about this at our Class q and As tonight, at 5pm and 5.30pm.



Week 2 rolling by already. After school today is our 'Q & A' session night. This is a chance for you to hear from your child's teacher a bit about how their classroom is operating this year. They will talk a bit about the nuts and bolts of everyday classroom activity and present some of the innovations that are developing throughout our classroom programmes. There will also be a chance for you to ask questions around the general classroom programme and the requirements for your child. We also want to hear your ideas around what parent workshops we will run each term this year. There are some exciting developments continuing in our 'thinking' curriculum and with our mobile and electronic learning capabilities that we are intending to share with you later this term.  These include: • Further developing our thinking curriculum structure with the SOLO

Kia tu Pakari

(structure of observed learning outcomes) Taxonomy model. This provides a simple, reliable and robust model for three levels of understanding – surface deep and conceptual (Biggs and Collis 1982). They are simple yet effective in scaffolding students thinking into the effort they put in rather than them just being smart or lucky in their learning. • Making 'live' our Fibre connection which will open up increased capability for connected online learning. • Upgraded to a Ruckus wireless system installed to handle the fibre connection speed and the increased number of wireless devices being connected. • Online structured environment in which our students will be able to innovate and showcase their work in a managed way... check out the beginning of this via the

senior teams classroom blog pages linked off our website... • An increased number of iPad mini's provided by the school so we can give every student an equal opportunity to access and utilise our online learning resources.  Once all these developments are in place we will then be able to run some parent and student workshops that will demonstrate to you the structure and the intent of what we are working to develop in our students learning pathways. It is exciting times for our children's learning so watch this space… Don’t forget to book your 3 way conference time for next week. Details over the page. Regards Tim Lovelock Principal

From strong foundations we grow and stand tall together

Riley and Lachlan from Manuka 6 using their dictionary skills to edit their writing.

Community:   Gladstone Tyres and Mags: Get the school rewarded - $5 back to the school on every tyre purchase - drop a copy of your invoice into the school

Myross Bush Memorial Community Centre: The Annual General Meeting of the Myross Bush Memorial Community Centre will be held on Tuesday 19th February 2013 at 8 pm at the hall. All welcome to attend. If you would like to go on our email list please give me a ring. NJ Redding - Secretary Ph 2304067

School News: Goal Setting Conferences Reminder: 19th and 20th February. Please note school will finish at 12.30pm on the Tuesday. Bookings are now open at and follow details using the details JHLXK. Please book your interview as soon as possible. Bookings will close at lunchtime on Monday 18th February. We are not able to book your interviews manually but if you need help please contact Irene at the office.

day and it is a fun thing to do. Please talk to Mrs FM about this if you think you could help out, even if only for a few weeks. Aviary Fundraiser: Food wrap orders are due in by Friday. Thank you for supporting this. See You Tonight: at the Q & A night and BBQ

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Board of Trustees: Please note change of meeting date on calendar. Assembly Duty this week: Rata

Library: This year, the library has extended into the old Matai room and it is wonderful to have the extra space - come along and have a look around! Remember we can set up barcodes for preschoolers and parents, and have a small selection of parenting books also. The issuing allowance has been extended this year, as a trial - juniors can now issue up to 4 books and seniors up to 6 books.   If children are responsible and get all their books back in time this trial will continue.   Overdue notices can now be emailed directly to parent's email addresses - if you do not wish to receive overdues in this way and would prefer a paper copy please let Mrs FM know. Lastly, is there anyone who would like to supervise in the library on a Friday lunchtime? Mrs FM is not available on this

Sports Results/Notices: Soccer MB U6 v Phoenix Goal Seekers Won 6-0 POD Angus Burnett Water Polo Teams have been advised via email, the draw will be in Wednesday papers. Cricket An email will go out today confirming teams, Kiwi 8's (Thursday) games start 3.45 please arrive on time, parking is usually very good.  Youth 4-6 (Friday) We need a lovely parent to coach this team please, contact Bex on  Cancellations will be on - 2pm on the day.

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Rebecca, Greer and Olivia from Totara 7 working on their inquiry topic - roles and responsibilities in the home, school and community.

Week 2 Term 1 Kauri are getting great at knowing our class routines and remembering our learning goals. We are talking about Incy Wincy Spider and how he had to try and try again to achieve his goal of climbing the spout.  Little by little we achieve success!  In our inquiry 'Standing Strong Together' we are finding out about what a group is, and discovering ways we can work well together as a team.  Our new homework maths basic facts ladder is underway.  Everyone should have their goal highlighted by today. We also have counting goals we are practising in class.  Ask your child what theirs is!   Certificates - Welcome to Taine Smith, and kapai George Bramer for great kotahitanga!

RIMU 3 (Mrs Godby) It is great to see how well the children are settling into the class routines.The children have been talking about what they enjoy. • I have been enjoying writing and playing with the skipping rope - Lucy.   • I have enjoyed doing writing, playing in the playground and reading my books at home - Will. • I like doing maths and writing - Caleb. • I enjoyed writing, playing out in the playground and doing maths - Clark. • I enjoy being out in the playground, maths and writing Jamie. • I enjoy doing my homework and getting new words -Amilea.

RATA 4 (Mrs Aurik) I am looking forward to meeting with you tonight at the Meet the Teacher's Barbeque. Thank you very much for your offers of parent help.  It is greatly appreciated and will make a difference. This week Rata are on Assembly duty and would love you to come and support us.  The children will bring home a script to practise on Thursday night if they have a speaking part.   Have a great week. Evelyn

MIRO 5 (Mrs Kahukura) Athletics training is all go. Miro were so excited yesterday to get out and start practicing. Training days are MondayThursday so appropriate clothing and footwear is a must. • I enjoy all events particularly high jump and running. I hope to improve my jumping skills. Harry • My favourite is running. I am hoping to come first or second. Anything but last :) Nick

• I like high jump but I hope it's not raining on the day because then it would be on my birthday. Grace • My favourite is running and I am happy to be in the relays.Hannah Looking forward to seeing you all tonight. Kiri

MANUKA 6 (Mrs Carr) We are practising for athletics in the afternoons and would like to say a big thank you to all the fantastic parent helpers that are coming along to coach us. Manuka homework is in full swing and it looks like the new system is being well received, especially the Learning License Levels information, what a great way to keep the conversations about work habits strong at home and school. Thank you to all the parents who will attend the Q & A session with me, if you are unable to make it, feel free to e-mail or pop in some time. Kind regards, Della Carr. Certificates: Ingrid Patterson for being focussed and on task in her learning. Hunter Cairns for settling into Myross Bush so smoothly.

TOTARA 7 (Miss Duncan) Athletics practice has started this week, it is great to see so many students participating and enjoying this. Suitable footwear for your child is really important as some of the activities are shotput and discus. Homework schedules have been discussed and reinforced this week in the classroom, spelling words and basic facts ladders have begun.  Week 3/next week we will start our oral language/news rotations.  It is great to see so many enthusiastic students working so hard and diligently this week, ka pai Totara.  Miss Duncan

KOWHAI 8 (Mr Herring) We are well under way with our inquiry into teamwork and relationships this week. We are learning what it takes to be a 'crew' member of our class and not a 'passenger.' It would be great if your student could explain what this means. We're loving our athletics training that started this week, too. We have some very skillful and speedy students at our school. We have also been exploring how we will be using our Ultranet site to set tasks, share resources and store our learning examples. Next week we would love to have you visit our uspace and see what we are doing.

from the classroom

KAURI 8 (Mrs Polaschek)

Updated 13 February 2013




13th Wed Classroom Q & A & Community BBQ 2 Sessions 5pm - 5.30pm 5.30pm - 6pm BBQ will be available.

4th Mon

15th Fri

6th Wed 7.30pm

Food wrap orders due


Summer Football begins

FOS Meeting in the staffroom. All welcome.

18th Mon BOT Meeting 7.30pm. All welcome.

19th Tues Goal Setting Interviews 1pm -- 5pm Please Note: School will close at 12.30 on the 19th. 20th Wed Goal Setting Interviews 3pm - 7.30pm 19th Tues 8pm AGM of the Myross Bush Memorial Community Centre at the hall. All welcome to attend

25th Monday Zone Athletics (27th Wed Postponement date)

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• Food W rap ord ers are this Frid due ay • to book online

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13 February 2013  

Week 2, Term 1, 2013