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Wednesday 13th February, 2012

Newsletter # 2 School Roll

279 Kia ora Parents, Whanau, and Caregivers, It was a great first week back at school last week and I think that everyone appreciated a mid week day to regroup on Waitangi Day. It has certainly been very nice seeing all of the smiling children’s faces back on school grounds adding that amazing life force to the school that only tamariki can bring. We have been so lucky with the great weather that we have been having and the school pool has been very well utilised with swim lessons throughout every day. Remember that we are a Sunsmart school and enforce the wearing of sun hats for children in terms one and four. It is really important that all children have a sun hat and wear it when out in the playground. We are really lucky to have a great caretaker in Mr Baldock, who gives his heart and soul to our school. He is a busy man and has always got lots to do. Yesterday he had to spend many hours cleaning up broken wood and nails from our senior playground because some youth in our community decided to break the decks. As a school this makes us really sad because not only does it take time and mean our tamariki can’t use this for play, it also costs us a lot of money to fix unnecessary vandalism. To put it into perspective, the cost to repair our playground after the weekend could be close to $1000.00 which equates to two i-pads we could purchase. Please keep an eye on our school community so we can have the very best place and resources for our children. Thanks. Naku noa ra,

Nik House - Principal

Learning to Swim We are so lucky to have a fantastic school pool to utilise for our tamariki and community. Here is a photo of Maungarangi Kindergarten enjoying the pool with a whanau swim after school on Friday. We are having swimming lessons every day at school and we believe learning to swim is a critical life skill. Please remember to send your child every day with togs and towel ready to swim as part of our school learning programme. Children must have a note to be excused from swimming. Thanks. [1]

HIGH FLYERS FOR THE WEEK Junior School H a ra k e k e

Izzy Troughton

An awesome start at Welcome Bay School. Fantastic effort in reading and writing. You can already write and read some words independently.

T o eto e

Winston Pasi

A fantastic start to the year, you are always on task and ready to learn.

Kapo nga

Mia Taikato

For settling quickly into the new school year. You always do your best and are helpful to the others in your class.

Ko pukapuka

Harry Perry

First time swimming in the pool, well done! Kia kaha Harry!

K a ra k a

Putanga Davey

A having a great start to the year. He is very helpful, friendly and listens carefully.

Ko w hai

Buddy Ringi - Reihana

Showing Courage getting in the pool and getting your face wet! Stand proud Buddy.

Middle School M ir o

Pouwhare Pungatara

Taking on responsibility and being a willing helper! Ka pai Pouwhare!

M anuka

Ethan Allen

For being a great helper in the classroom and always willing to share his ideas!

M atai

Nicole Phelps

Showing heaps and heaps of courage in swimming.

K a h ik a t e a

Kirimako Moana

Fabulous start at Welcome Bay School. Making new friends quickly and working with a wide range of different children within the class.

Senior School T o t a ra

O'Shey Peters

For always contributing interesting ideas in a positive way. Tuku Patai O'shey, keep asking questions.

K a u ri

Tai Ututaonga-Tait

For begininng the year by doing the right thing at the right time and for the right reason.

R im u

Tewi Heta

A great start as a Year 6 Learner Tewi. You have followed instructions and joined in all activities in a positive manner. Kia Maia - Stand Proud!

Another Way to Communicate We have a new Facebook page which is another form of communication. Check it out and “like” us to receive the latest news from Welcome Bay School. We have a set of protocols around our page and it is moderated by an administrator (Mrs Lidgard) so any comments or 'likes' are sent to her. Obviously being a school we are targeting our parent community and will not accept any 'likes' from our students, as they are not meant to have Facebook accounts until they are 13. Please check it out ;)


Library Position and Update As some of you may remember, last term we advertised a school librarian position. After advertising we made a decision not to appoint until further notice. The decision regarding this was made for many reasons. Our school library space was moved during the holidays from Kahikitea (existing room) as this space was needed for a classroom, to Titoki which is the long building by the courts. This was a huge job as the previous building not only housed library books but also a huge amount of teaching and teacher resources. Now that the books have all been moved to the new space we still have a lot to do including some renovations, new furniture and storage etc. However, the most important thing to be done is to give very careful consideration as to what vision we have for our school library regarding how it is used, how the space works, what resources are available and to whom, how is it managed etc. It is a big priority and a huge monetary resource that in many learning organisations sits empty for many hours during the week. We want to be innovative and future focussed, and while we have an opportunity to make change and invest in this school resource, we want to make sure we do it once and do it right. We want to look at providing access to a range of literacies and allow learners of all ages access to information. So whilst very exciting this is a big and very important project and one we hope will support learning for our tamariki and community as we move forward together.

SCHOOL LUNCHES For the immediate future school lunches will only be on Fridays starting THIS FRIDAY the 15th of Feb. The menu will be getting an overhaul and there will be some changes on the horizon. Keep an eye on your child’s bag for a MENU this week. Please note that this is a fundraising service provided by the School Support Group (SSG). We have a very small group of Mums who give up their time to organise and provide Friday lunches.

Kia Kaha Power Show Kia Kaha is a school-based programme that aims to help schools create environments where all members of the community feel safe, respected and valued, and where bullying cannot flourish. Through Kia Kaha students, parents, caregivers and teachers will recognise that bullying is unacceptable in both the school and the wider community. They will develop strategies to stop bullying and replace it with acceptable behaviour. Kia Kaha promotes a whole-school approach to reduce bullying. Next week on Wednesday at 1:40pm, we have “The Power Show” presented by Kia kaha. This is a gold coin donation from children, which does not cover the entire cost, but because it is such an important message the school will support the cost. We are sure that our tamariki will enjoy this engaging show with a positive message.


Contact Details Please phone the school office by 8:50am if your child is going to be absent or late on 5441113. It is important that we are able to safely account for all of our tamariki. Details changed? Please notify us immediately if your address, phone number, emergency contact details or work details have changed over the break. Email

Attendance Being at school is pivotal to succeeding at school. Last year our whole school attendance was 87% for the year. This averaged out to every student at school having 4 weeks off school throughout the year, although in reality, there were children who had far more days absent. When you add school holidays to this it equates to 4 months of not being at school. This is simply not acceptable and can only be detrimental to our children’s learning. Attendance needs to be a priority for kids and Mums and Dads. When we were looking at the attendance data we found it interesting to note that: Best Year group attendance was Year 3 with 91% Boys and girls were basically the same with boys at 87% and girls at 88% We will aim for 95% attendance this year as a school. This is a goal for us all to work towards. Kia kaha!

KICK Start: Transition to school programme This programme is for both new parents and children starting at Welceom Bay School and runs for approx seven weeks . The intention of Kick Start is to provide an opportunity for both parents and beginning children to learn about school prior to starting. NEXT SESSION: Monday 18th February @ 1:30pm (next Monday, week 3) FOCUS: School Vision and expectations ;) If you are interested in attending please call the school office on 5441113 and let us know you will be along so we can plan for numbers. Also, if you know someone who intends on enrolling at Welcome Bay School but does not get the newsletter please let them know too. We look forward to seeing you!

Swimming We are lucky to have a great school pool and we aim to provide quality, daily learn to swim programmes for our children. This is an important life skill and all children are expected to swim as part of the curriculum programme. Please ensure that your child/ren have togs and towel with them each day and are prepared for swimming. If children are unable to participate they will need to have a note from home, or an email to the teacher.

Fitness An old saying suggests that a healthy body will equate to a healthy mind. Research regarding learning suggests there is some truth to this and we believe that children need to be fit as a part of being healthy and ready for learning. This year we will be focussing on every child participating in daily fitness. A fit body supports healthy brain function. If your child/ren is unable to participate in sport or fitness they must have a note or email to the teacher. Physical education is part of the school curriculum and an important part of well being. Thanks. [4]

School Support Group The School Support Group (PTA) is having their first get together of the year THIS COMING MONDAY the 18th of Feb 7pm Newcomers are most welcome!! We meet in the Staffroom which is behind the office. Entrance is around the back. It is a great way to meet other parents, find out whats going on around the school, offer suggestions on ways to connect with our community and fundraise for our kids. By coming to our get-togethers you don't have to commit to helping out on a regular basis - its about supporting our school and kids with ideas and the odd sausage sizzle! Cheers, Tina

Newsletter by WEB

2013 Music Lessons...Guitar Classes Bookings are open for guitar held at school. Please book early to ensure your child a place. For more information and bookings please contact Rahim Callaghan: 0274751023 or 5740995

The newsletter always looks great in colour and one way you can receive it in full colour is via email. Not only does it look great but it also saves paper and is more sustainable ;) To check out our newsletter in full colour go to our school website We will also have a calendar tool so you can see what is on at school throughout the year. ;) Check out the website and have a good look at the progress, it is looking great!

Breakfast Club

Upcoming events Monday 4th Feb: Welcome back to school! Wednesday 6th February: Waitangi Day (no school) Wednesday 20th February: Kia kaha- The Power Show 1:40pm Camp parent meeting @ 5:30pm Wednesday 6th March: School photos Friday 8th March: Senior Swimming Sports Wednesday 13th March: Junior Swimming Friday 22nd March: Middle Swimming Sports Tuesday 26th March: South Cluster Swimming Sports Thursday 28th March: Portfolios home Friday 29th March: Good Friday (no school) Happy Easter Break Wednesday 3rd April: School starts after Easter break Friday 12th April: WBOP Swimming Friday 19th April: Last day of term 1 Celebration Assembly [5]

Many thanks to those who have volunteered to help out at Breakfast Club in the past. We appreciate your time and hard work! We will be looking for more helpful parents to help run the breakfast club this year so please come and see us if you can support in any way. Thanks.

School Assembly Remember that school assembly is held every Friday from 9am in our school hall. This is a great way to celebrate student excellence and you are warmly invited to join us.



Term 1

Monday 14th February -19th April

Term 2

Monday 6th May - Friday 12th July

Term 3

Monday29th July - Friday 27th September

Term 4

Monday 14th October - Wednesday 18th December

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