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from the Principal

Jan Forde working with our five new entrants Keeley, Katy, Joseph, Emily and Max in the breakout space of our NE room.



I am excited to be back at Myross Bush School after a term supporting the Wyndham community to grow healthy communications between staff, parents and community and to help appoint a new Principal to continue with this goal. It was a valuable time for reflection on my part as I am used to being part of a school that functions successfully in so many areas. A lot of work goes into ensuring children achieve well, parents are involved in their children’s education, staff love coming to work and constantly strive to improve their practice, a board of trustees that is proactive and governs with confidence and clarity, and a Principal that is highly involved, ever positive and leads with experience and capability. Being away has highlighted that these things don’t aways happen in every school and that getting all the systems right and constantly looking for

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the best way to maintain and improve them are the keys to success. We are so fortunate to have all these running well at Myross Bush School. I am delighted to be in a school that supports innovation. Amy Polaschek and I have been exploring ways to improve the quality of teacher/pupil time with 5 year olds alongside the necessity of helping them to grow their skills towards becoming self-directed learners. Through constant reflections and professional development, we are excited to have the opportunity to ‘team teach’ the new entrant children by combining our classes. We have clear goals to achieve high quality ‘workshop’ time with small groups of children while also having the benefit of a teacher being available to support, challenge and motivate the children as they learn to work alongside

each other and independently. We’d love to share the outline of our programme with you and invite the parents and caregivers of Kauri Kids to come along to an afterschool meeting next week – Wednesday 15 May at 3.15 in our classroom. We look forward to seeing you. A big thanks also to Evelyn Aurik for stepping into the role of syndicate leader last term. She contributed so much to the school, and the staff and management team thank her for the time and effort she put into keeping systems running well. And thanks Tim for letting me sabotage your weekly message! Nice to be back. Regards Jan Forde Deputy Principal – Junior School

From strong foundations we grow and stand tall together

BOT Elections: Nominations close at noon on 16th May 2013 and may be accompanied by a signed candidate’s statement. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed between 8.30am and 1.00pm daily. There will also be a list of candidate’s names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. Voting closes at noon on 30th May 2013 Irene Tresidder - Returning Officer

School Notices Bus Arrangements: If your child’s after school bus arrangements have changed please let us know. Thank you. Story Telling: All students are attending an Oral Language Storytelling session tomorrow at either Ascot Community School, or New River School. The session is free to us compliments of the Literacy Association but the bus cost of $2 will be charged to this term’s account.

Friends of the School Term 2 FOS meeting is being held at Buster Crabb (including dessert & wine / coffee), 7:30pm on Thursday 16th May. All most welcome to come along – always great to see new faces.  Please let Mel Lemin (2304 354) or Bronagh Hegan (2304 775) know if able to join us.

Sports: Swimming Results: A huge thank you to all the parents that helped out with last terms swimming events, whether it be dressing, coaching, timing, supporting or encouraging, every bit makes our days run that much smoother. Our Zone Swimming Championships Year 3/4 25m Freestyle   Danja  (22.00) 2nd, Lucy McKee  (24.10 3rd), Hannah Symon  (27.97), Ciara (31.10), Ethan  (26.94) 2nd 25m Backstroke   Danja  (25.50) 1st   RECORD, Lucy   (28.78) 3rd, Ciara (33.47), Ethan (30.75) 3rd 50m Freestyle      Danja  (52.56) 1st RECORD, Lucy  (58.57) 3rd, Hannah (1.02.04), Ethan (1.03.00) 2nd  50m Backstroke    Danja (59.06) 1st RECORD, Lucy  (1.08.15) 2nd  Year 5/6 50m Freestyle       Ben Symon (49.88), 100m Freestyle     Ben Symon (1.57.66)

Southland Swimming Championships 7 and under boys: 25m backstroke Magnus (30.09) 2nd overall 25m freestyle      Magnus (26.48) 2nd overall 8 year girls: 25m backstroke   Danja (25.14) 5th overall                           Lucy (25.53) 6th overall 25m freestyle    Danja (22.63) 7th overall, Lucy (23.90) 8th overall 10 year boys: 50m backstroke Ben Hoffman (51.91) 6th overall 50m freestyle Ben Hoffman (49.16)13th overall Waterpolo Southland Waterpolo Squads are starting up this term. Next week we have registrations happening for these squads.  Under 16 and Under 18 squad registration and training - Monday 6th May 7:30 - 9pm at Splash Palace. Under 12 squad registration and training Friday 10th May 4 - 5pm at Splash Palace. Under 14 squad registration and training Friday 10th May 5 - 6pm at Splash Palace. For each age group they must be younger than the age as of the 1st of January 2013. Netball Team information and fee payment details have been sent home. Payment is due by 21st May. Thank you for the payments already received. Water Polo MBYellow Makarewa Won 10 - 2. POD Hamish McKenzie and Caleb Devery. A fantastic team effort! Hockey: Year 1 and 2 missile hockey team practises on Wednesday lunchtimes in the activity centre. Practise starts at 12 45. Hockey Southland is running a training session every Sunday morning at 10 am for 45 minutes at the hockey turf all sticks are provided if you want to drop in and learn new skills. It is open to all Year 1 and 2 students. Outstanding Hockey Fee payments need to be in by this Friday so that we can pay the team fees to Hockey Southland, thank you.  

DAVID WHITE BUILDING Experienced Qualified Builder of: • New Homes • Residential Extensions and Renovations • Farm Sheds etc... •Phone 0274351490 or A/H 2304984

Community Baby Sitter Available: Katie Grant available for babysitting. Ex Myross Bush Student Year 10 at Southland Girls High, lives in district and enjoys children. Please contact me on 2304343 or 0278246366 Pilates Classes: started last night at Myross Bush!! Held on Tuesdays from 6.30 - 7.30 pm in the Activity Centre at Myross Bush School Cost $80 for the term or $10 per class Beginners classes for all ages and sizes. Great for core strengthening, lower back injury prevention, women's health... the list goes on! Bring a mat, drink and a smile Ring Helen Tufui to book your spot 03 2304 885 or 021 608862 Cheese Rolls for sale: Roslyn Bush Playcentre annual fundraiser - $6.50 per doz or $20 for 4 doz. Delivery 19th May. Text your order through 027 333 4868 or phone Lisa 230 4602. !

YOU have made a difference! Thank you to all those who so generously gave to Plunket during our door to door appeal back in March. Together in the areas from Dacre/Morton Mains through to Rimu/ Kennington you gave over $1100. This money will stay in Southland and make a difference to Southland young families. Thank you for sharing your Plunket bear hugs for under fives. Jubilee Budget Advisory Service In conjunction with The Southland Times and, these seminars aim to teach three simple steps to help people “sort” their personal finances. The goal is to share great, simple ideas around finance to all people in the community. We present the material in a relaxed setting that aims to be both fun and informative, with nothing personal being discussed. I am sure there is something to learn for everyone and if you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call. 0800 582453 Simon Tierney - Manager 74 Don Street Netball South Junior Netball Academy: Enrolments for Netball South’s very popular Junior Netball Academy are open. This is a 8 week Skill Development Programme for children aged 8-15 years old. The Academy runs in Invercargill, Gore, Riverton, Winton, Bluff and Lumsden in Term 2. To register, please contact Tracy at Netball South on 03 2171303, 027 6369296 or

Week 1 Term 2

RIMU 3 (Mrs Godby) Welcome back to our new and improved classroom. As you will have noticed the classroom has had quite a change around with the removal of 10 desks. This allows the children to choose where they want to work and helps them to improve their ability to work with others. A big thanks to all those who have returned their holiday reading books. It is great to see so many children with drink bottles as these are needed even when the weather is quite chilly. As the weather is so cold it is a good idea for the children to bring their slippers to wear in the classroom. I hope the return to school hasn't left your homes too quiet! Regards Natalie

RATA 4 (Mrs Aurik) Welcome back everyone. It is great to see all the fresh and rested faces.  This term our inquiry is about Day and Night.  At the moment we are writing recounts about our holidays.   Reading and maths homework has begun as normal and spelling homework will begin next week.  Have a great week.  Evelyn

MIRO 5 (Mrs Kahukura) Welcome back to term 2. We have all settled quickly back into our classroom routines and homework is up and running. Whakapai Ake (self improvement) is our focus value for this term, be the best that you can be.

MANUKA 6 (Mrs Carr) Welcome back to Term 2! I hope that everyone had a lovely family break. We are all refreshed and ready for another term that is jam- packed full of fantastic learning. Remember to have a drink bottle of water and some tissues at school. The Value we are looking at this term is Whakapai Ake -Self Improvement. We are looking at being the very best that we can be and being engaged and focused on our learning. Kind regards, Della Carr.

TOTARA 7 (Miss Duncan) I'm really excited about this term's inquiry about space and the Earth, Moon and Stars. We have made posters or show-me's on the ipads to show our prior knowledge. When we find out more we will know how much new learning we have done. Georgia I'm looking forward to the story telling on Thursday and cross country this term. My goal is to not stop and get lower than 20th. Tarrah Learning about the solar system is fun and interesting. I have learned that the moon is very important to Earth and it affects the tides and has gravity power too. Nicholas

KOWHAI 2 (Mr Herring) This week we've started tuning in to our Space inquiry. We're learning about the seasons and why we have them. Everyone is writing down questions we have about space and we'll be doing little mini investigations, as well. We've also started a unit on 'expression.' We're recording ourselves reading some funny poems on our media space. It pretty funny to hear people using tone, volume and pausing to communicate! Ask your child to show you their first attempt!

Aviary help for the holidays: A big thank you to the Hegan and Scott families who helped look after our birds during the holiday break. This is really appreciated. Irene

Here are a few of our goals... I am going to practice my basic facts at home and at school. Charlotte I am looking forward to improving my work presentation. Nick If any parents are interested in helping out in our fantastic class, we would love to have you. Have a great week. Kiri

Assembly Duty: Kowhai (Rm2) - 2.15pm

from the classroom

KAURI 8 (Mrs Polaschek& Mrs Forde) Welcome back to Term 2. We are very happy to welcome Mrs Forde back to school, and also our 5 new children Max, Katy, Joseph, Keeley and Emily and their families.  We are enjoying getting to know our new teacher and some new action stations.  "We are playing bingo.  We are learning to read words." said Hamish.   "I am doing a certificate.  I am practicing writing"  said Greer.  "We are matching the puzzles up.  We are learning to read numbers and put them in order" said Madeleine.  What super learners we have in Kauri!  We are looking forward to a busy and exciting term.




16th Thurs

5th Wed

12th Fri

• BOT Elections Nominations close at noon

BOT Votes counted and results declared

Last day Term 2


Updated 8 May 2013

• Friends of the School meeting at Buster Crabb 7.30pm, all welcome 20th Mon

6th Thurs

Board of Trustees Meeting 7.30pm

New BOT takes office

27/28 Mon/Tues

12th Wed

Young Leaders trip to Dunedin

Support Staff Day

30th Thurs

24th Mon

BOT Elections Voting closes at noon

Board of Trustees Meeting 7.30pm

Don’t forget... • Hockey and Netball pa yments are now due • BOT Nominations close at noon on the 16th • FOS at Buster Crabb ne xt we


8 May 2013  

Week 1, Term 2, 2013

8 May 2013  

Week 1, Term 2, 2013