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Wednesday 21st February, 2012

Newsletter # 3 School Roll

281 Kia ora Parents, Whanau, and Caregivers, The term is well and truly gathering momentum now and we have had so much going on in the school from Flippa Ball practices in the pool, non-stop class swimming lessons, Sport BoP delivering the “Hit It” programme to develop hand eye sport skills, media crew out and about reporting, and on top of all this our tamariki are engaged in their classroom learning programmes! Lot’s going on to keep our children stimulated and growing. This week at the Kickstart parent meeting I shared with parents the importance of working together in partnership as home and school to ensure our children fly in their lives and learning at school. The key to this is effective communication. We have several ways you can do this whether by phone, email, or simply the old fashioned and reliable “face to face” before or after school. It is important that if you have any concerns at all to talk to your child’s teacher promptly as a problem shared is a problem halved. Sometimes solutions are simply checking perceptions on a matter of clarifying some information. Remember that teachers are just people too and love to hear about the good things that are happening, or sometimes a simple word of encouragement ;) Also, a huge thanks to the Welcome Bay Baptist who presented me with a cheque this week to support resourcing our school Breakfast Club provision. We really appreciate your support. Naku noa ra,

Nik House - Principal

Reporting to Parents As a school we are currently reviewing our reporting to parents processes including portfolios and written reports. This is a rather mammoth task and one that we want to ensure meets the needs of our tamariki, whanau, and community, and provides a clear picture regarding progress and achievement. We are trying hard to minimise “teacher talk” and report in plain language so that you as parents and whanau understand exactly where your child is at academically, culturally, and socially. Part of this process will be looking at refining any information we double up on between the written report and what is included in the portfolio. As a first step toward changing some of our processes we will be having a meet the team and teacher evening on Tuesday 12th March from 5:30pm. This will provide an opportunity for you to: - briefly meet and learn about the team of teachers your child learns with every day - gain an overview of the school vision and learning for the year ahead - hear a little bit about learning expectations as they relate to your child’s achievement - check out the learning environments - meet other families Junior, Middle, and Senior meetings will all go for approximately 20 minutes each and will be staggered so that if you have children in different parts of the school you can attend each hui. More details regarding time will be released closer to the date. We would also encourage you to bring along a picnic to have for dinner at school after you have finished meeting in the classroom. This will be a great time to share together as a community and maybe make a few new friends ;)


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

Hemara Nicholls

For a fantastic start at Welcome Bay School. Fantastic effort and improvement in all areas, particularly writing. An awesome start Hemara.

T o eto e

Avkirat Kaur

For a positive attitude to all learning and for learning the alphabet sounds.

Kapo nga

Jordon Heke

For his enthusiasm and passion for learning in the pool. Kia kaha, you are working hard at long, straight legs.

Ko pukapuka K a ra k a

Ariadna Martinez

For showing courage in the pool.Well done for perservering and trying to improve your swimming skills.

Ko w hai

Tyee Dixon

For being generous with the help you give others. Whether it is reading tricky words or finding something lost, you are always willing to lend a hand.

Middle School M ir o

Daniel Mackenzie

For a great start to the year! Showing effort in learning, giving things a go and being a caring class member.

M anuka

Tayler Lombard

For showing confidence and great skills in swimming.

M atai

Gordon Heke

for learning how to glide on his back in swimming. Stand Proud, Gordon, you did it!

K a h ik a t e a

Ryan Cameron

for being an active member of group discussions, sharing his thinking and responding to the ideas of others.

Senior School T o t a ra

Quinn Jones

For persevering with his school work and tests. Kia Kaha Quinn!

K a u ri

Ruben Moana

For showing courage in his willingness to give all things a go in his new school.

R im u

Cheynes Kuka

For an outstanding start to the year. You join in all activities in a positive manner. You show care and consideration for others. Kia maia!

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. Please check it out ;)


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Sports News Kia ora. As you may remember from a few weeks ago, I am Mr Kyle Page and I have just started teaching at Welcome Bay School this year. I have previously been a teacher and team leader at Otumoetai Intermediate. One of my new roles at Welcome Bay School includes the responsibility of Sports Coordinator. I am passionate about sport and am keen to see sports as an area of excellence at our school. One of the keys to successful sport at school is having the support of parents and whanau. In order for our tamariki to thrive on the sports field they need to have coaching and also need to be at games on time, each week, ready to give 100% and this is where your support and commitment is so important. If you have any queries or can offer your time, skills, knowledge, support in any way please do not hesitate to contact me via email: Below are some up and coming activities that are available for our children. Have a look and see if any may interest your child. Also check the notice board for sports info outside Tawa.


Rippa Rugby

Pahoia School Triathlon When? 25th March Where? Omokoroa Domain Who? Kids aged 5-12 For more information visit : Weetbix Try-athlon When? 24th March Where? Memorial Park Who? Kids aged 7-15 For more information visit:

When: Friday 1st March to Friday 12th April

Where: Greerton Marist Rugby Club, Greerton Who? Y1-6 How much: $12 We need to register the team soon so get a permission slip off Mr Page as soon as possible

Tauranga Primary Schools Surf Competition 2013


When: Friday 22nd march (Swell permitting) Where: Tay St, Mt Maunganui Who: Under 9’s and under 11’s How much: $5 per division entry

We have been asked if any of our students would like to join the Steiner cricket team. They are looking for several students for the Y5/6 team, and a couple for their Y4 team. If your child is interested please get in touch with the manager – Jen Burton, 544 48843, Mob 021 0278 7477


Sports Results Volleyball We had our first games of this season at TECT arena on Friday night. The Year 5/6 team, Welcome Bay Hotshots played Pyes Pa Strikers and lost 41 to 56. Cayla Warner was player of the day. The Year 3/4 team, Welcome Bay Boomers played Omanu Tuis in a very close game and lost 53 to 58. Player of the day was O'Sharn Tomai- Kopell. The final game of the night was Yr 3/4 WB Allstars playing Te Akau ki Papamoa Diggers who had a big win with 60 to 23. Player of the day was first time player Fiona Razak- Begg. 

Flippa Ball Welcome Bay Bombers, our Year 4/5 Flippaball team had their first game on Tuesday. It was a grading game against a very experienced Year 6 team from Pillans Point. Their experience showed and we lost 8-0. Half our players were playing their first ever game and it was our first time in the deep Year 5/6 pools. A great effort from all the team and especially from Player of the Day, Quinn Jones who played a great second half in goal. He worked really hard especially being unable to touch the bottom of the pool. Kia Maia

SCHOOL LUNCHES School lunches will be available every Friday. The menu will be getting an overhaul and there will be some changes on the horizon. 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. If you would like to help please let us know in the school office.

Kia Kaha 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. What is Bullying? Bullying is deliberate, hurtful behaviour that is usually repeated over a period of time. It happens when one person tries to use power inappropriately over others. Some ways children are bullied includes: name calling, saying or writing nasty things about them, leaving them out of activities or not talking to them, threatening them, or making them feel uncomfortable or scared, stealing or damaging things, hitting or kicking, or making them do things they don’t want to do. Bullying is harmful because it can stop children and young people from leading a normal and happy life. They may feel lonely, unhappy, frightened, unsafe and feel that the bullying is their fault. Kia Kaha promotes a whole-school approach to reduce bullying.


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

KICK Start: Transition to school programme This programme is for both new parents and children starting at Welcome 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 25th February @ 1:30pm (week 4) FOCUS: Intro to the PTA and Board of Trustees ;) 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.

PTA News Sausage Sizzle’s... Are going to be happening at all the school swimming sports and we would love some extra helpers for the BBQ if you could give us 30mins of your time please ;) Seniors Friday 8th March, Juniors Wednesday 13th March, Juniors Friday 22nd March Please contact Tina Neville if you can lend a hand on the day 544 5517

You are invited to an afternoon tea The PTA are hosting a relaxed afternoon tea in the staff room on Thursday 7th March at 2pm. Come along for a chat, a cuppa, cake and check out the new admin renovations. All are most welcome. Meet other parents and find out more about our school.

Our next PTA meeting is Monday 11th March 6pm in the staffroom


Newsletter by WEB

2013 Music Lessons...Guitar Classes

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

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 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 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 Tuesday 12th March: Meet the Teachers 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


Open daily for our tamariki for breakfast 8.10 8.35 am. If you are interested in helping please see Julia Bishop in Room Kowhai or leave a message at the office. We gratefully accept donations of milo and sugar as these are not funded by the breakfast programme. 

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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