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Wednesday 27th February, 2012

Newsletter # 4 School Roll

281 Kia ora Parents, Whanau, and Caregivers, It is week 4 and still the glorious sun shines and the warmth continues, which is great for our school swimming programme and outside activities. We love summer! In the last week several schools, including our friends at Selwyn Ridge, have been burgled with computers being the target equipment. It is appalling that some people would steal from schools who work so hard to provide opportunities and resources for our tamariki. We are being vigilant at school at present with making sure we are keeping property safe and protected. If you are around school out of hours, or passing by and notice something suspicious please do not hesitate to call the Police straight away. Thanks for your ongoing support. Naku noa ra,

Nik House - Principal This week we send out a very warm welcome and Haere mai to our new team members at Welcome Bay School.

Khingstyn McMillan, Sativah Kelly We know you will fly in your life and learning at Welcome Bay School!

Board of Trustees Elections 2013 2013 BOT ELECTION TIMEFRAME Roll closes noon Tuesday, 30th April Nominations are to be called for by Wednesday, 15th May Supplementary roll closes Tuesday, 14th May Nominations close on Thursday, 16th May Voting papers distributed – if there is to be an election – by Tuesday, 21st May Election day – Thursday, 30th May Votes counted and results declared on Wednesday, 6th June New Board takes office – Thursday, 6th June 2013


With Board Elections not to far away we will be providing information in our school newsletter regarding the process and so on. If you think you have something to offer the life of our school and would like to contribute your skills then keep watching this space. Being a Board member is a great way to contribute to the life of the school both now and for the future.

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

Freolli Moana

For fantastic progress in water confidence and skills. You can put your head under the water and you are able to kick on your front and back with a board.

T o eto e

Jack Tarr

Fantastic re call of the basic addition facts. Kia Maia.

Kapo nga

Jenna Berry

For showing respect in Room Kaponga. You listen carefully, follow instructions quickly, and always do your best. You are Soaring High!

Ko pukapuka

Travis Knibbs

For fantastic progress and enthusiasm in reading. Stand Proud Kia Maia You are making a great effort sharing your books at home.

K a ra k a

Ethan Mackay

For settling in well to your new class. You show respect for others in all that you do.

Ko w hai

Eden Parata

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

Katelin Berry

Showing perseverance & determination to better your personal record at team fitness. Ka pai!

M anuka

Sophie Troughton

For her fantastic writing of 'What Teachers Do After You Leave School' that she even made rhyme!

M atai

Dante Ngahere-

For an awesome effort in Hit It. You have a mean back hand!


K a h ik a t e a

Moui Veikoso

Settling into her work quickly and always giving her best. Kia Maia!

Senior School T o t a ra

Quinn Jones

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

K a u ri

Tamera Watene-Borell

For excellent thinking in maths. You look for clues when solving problems. You justify your answers. Kia maia Abby!

R im u

Manaia Moana

For displaying awesome courage in the pool and not giving up. Kia Kaha Manaia!

New Security Cameras With the amount of vandalism we have experienced overtime the Board has decided to invest in high quality security cameras. These are full colour, high deďŹ nition and in place around the entire school site to enable good coverage of all areas. The great thing about the cameras is that all of the footage is saved and can be accessed from a variety of places osite. This system will also allow us to provide high quality images and footage to the Police if there is any future damage to school property. We are wanting a school that is cared for by all members of the community and we want to be able to utilize our funds on resources for the kids, not on property repairs. Thanks to the Board for demonstrating that they want us to have a safe school, we really appreciate the investment :) [2]

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 would also like to get your input into this process. Attached to the newsletter is a survey for you to complete. Please take 5-10mins to fill this in with your thoughts so we can use the information to help us in our decision making. As a first step toward changing some of our processes we will be having a... 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 The timetable for the night:

Junior Team @ 5:30pm Middle Team @ 6pm Senior Team @ 6:30pm We have spaced out the team meetings so that parents can attend more than one if they have children in classes across the school. At each team meeting the leadership will quickly say hi and share the vision for our school. After this each team member will introduce themselves and the team will share a brief slideshow about what is planned for the year regarding focus areas for learning and so on. At the end there will be an opportunity to look through your child’s room, see where they sit and what life looks like from Monday to Friday for them.

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 ;) [3]

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 The year 5/6 Welcome Bay Hotshots played Selwyn Ridge Volley’s and came away with a win 68-33. Player of the day was Tahlia Meehan. Our Year 3/4 Allstars team played Tga Waldorf School and won 66-48. Player of the day was Zahra Thomas. Our other Year 3/4 team the Boomers played back to back games against the Mount Slammers and Omanu Seagulls and won both games . Player of the day was Laura Bone.

Flippa Ball Welcome Bay Bombers Flippa ball had their first competitive game against Selwyn Ridge last night who we lost 6-1 to. The team showed great improvement especially by putting into practice some of the skills they had learnt during practice, with some great throwing of the ball and positional play. Special mention to Sarah Jane who was Player of the Day for some great swimming with the ball and passing that lead to our first goal of the season.

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 Parent Teacher Association (PTA) formerly 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.


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 4th March @ 1:30pm (week 5) FOCUS: National Standards 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!

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 under 6s to under 13s 2013 JUNIOR WEIGH IN: Tuesday 12th and Thursday14th of March 4:30 - 6pm at the Waipuna Park Club Rooms. Sub $30 first child and $15 for each extra child $15 for club sox if in boots grade If you are new to the club please BRING a copy of childs birth certificate Children will get free mouthguard Cash and cheques accepted (NO eftpos available) Any queries please contact Paul - 544 0490 For all people interested in supporting the club there is a meeting on 7th March at 7pm at Waipuna club rooms COACHES AND HELPERS NEEDED

MARCHING GIRLS WANTED - 9 & 10 year olds for a non-competitive development squad. Our current Under 13 competitive squad is moving up an age group so we are now looking for future marching girls who would like to train up non competitively (entails less commitment to start with). The season starts in June 2013 and concludes in February 2014. Marching is a sport that offers participants a strong sense of team spirit and self-discipline. It provides physical fitness, deportment, pride in grooming, musical enjoyment including dance and aerobic movement, life-long friendships and opportunities of travel. Come and watch our current competitive squad preparing for the Nationals in Dunedin in two weeks’ time. Tuesday 5th March or Thursday 7th March at the Greerton Village Primary School 5pm – 7pm. Phone Tracy for more information or to watch a promotion video – 0274153600 or 075799123 Or visit or


NEW BEGINNERS ZUMBA CLASS... at the Welcome Bay Hall Starts Thursday 7th March 9.15am First class FREE! Then it’s just $6 per class Fun, friendly, easy to follow ZUMBA classes with Tina Neville Call for more info 544 3385

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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 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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