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Newsletter #23

Wednesday 7th August, 2013 Term 3, Week 2

School Roll

288 Kia ora Parents, Whanau, and Caregivers, Week 2 is upon us and already we a pacing through the days. What a busy week this is and has been with the opening this morning of the new learning centre it has been a very exciting week. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us this morning for this special occasion. A special thanks must go out to Pahu Akuhata who blessed the building , whose time and support is most appreciated and valued. We would also like to send out a big thanks to every child and “big kid” who got into the spirit of Book Week and dressed up as a book character for the day. We will include some photos in next weeks newsletter. Remember that we have the Book Fair on this week so if you would like to come down and purchase a book for the home, now is a great time to do that.

TEACHER ONLY DAY! A reminder about the Teacher Only Day planned for Friday 16th August, which is the Friday of week 3. School will be closed for instruction so we ask that you make arrangements for your children on this day. Our staff will all be in Auckland spending the day in a new school looking at Modern Learning Environments and Personalising learning in a new and dynamic school. This week we send out a very warm welcome and Haere mai to our new team members at Welcome Bay School.

Whenua Takona, Briar Paulussen, Meyah Abbot, Belinda Lea, Grace Kang & Raiha Thompson

Our Amazing Learning Centre!




Tyreece Miller

For awesome progress in maths!! You can count up to 10 and recognise and write numbers to 10.


Isabelle Plummer

For consistently doing her reading homework and enjoying books.


Aroha HuriwaiWison

For a positive start to the term with a super take-off into her writing. You are soaring high.


Winston Pasi

For great thinking in solving maths problems. You are a maths whizz. Kia Maia Winston


Toby Kennedy-Hone

You have had an awesome first week. Keep up the great work you are doing in maths and reading.


Bryce Herewini

For a great attitude to learning. You always try hard whether it is reading, writing or maths.


Grace Parr

For a positive start to the term by writing her own story!

Middle School


Quinn Jones

For your great attitude in your new learning environment! You have embraced all of the new routines and your smile shows that you are enjoying the challenges. Ka Pai Quinn!


Kharis Aish

For seeking adventure in your writing. You are learning to express your opinion and support it with reasons.


Kharis Aish

For seeking adventure in writing. You are learning to express your opinion and explain your reasons.


Ben Bircham

For your great attitude to all your learning this week. You're sharing ideas with the class and listening carefully to the thinking of others.

Senior School


Trinity Kennedy

For making an amazing start to your new country and school. You have settled into an excellent work ethic right from the start.


Kyla Van Silfhout

For showing courage and determination to participate to the best of your ability, even with a cast on your arm! A great attitude and a great effort. Kia maia Kyla!

An exciting Project for our community! We are extremely fortunate to be able to engage with local carver James Tapiata, to design a stunning carving (maihi) to frame and highlight the building of our new learning centre down by the courts. James has made an amazing start to the project and we are getting close to completion. There will be an opportunity for some of our boys to visit Mr Tapiata next week with Mr House to support in the carving and learn some skills. Although this will not be up on the building for the grand opening we will have a special ceremony for the community when it is completed and on the building. Thanks for you hard work James and those who have already contributed to this beautiful carving. We are so excited to see it! [2]

Sports News If you have any queries or can offer your time, skills, knowledge, or support in any way please do not hesitate to contact me via email: Netball Welcome Bay Dreamers had a great win of 8 - 2 with only six players on board. After a great effort the Player of the Day was Jazmyn Heke-O’Brien. Just a reminder for all parents and whanau that the girls will always have a game unless announced over the loud speaker and please text your child’s coach if you cannot make the game. Thanks.

Hockey Welcome Bay Blue Heron’s lost on Saturday as a result of a default. Thank you to the parents and the three children that showed up for the game and also a special thank you to Lennia who played in the friendly game against Otumoetai.  If you are interested in playing hockey, please feel free to come along to one of our trainings:   Wednesday lunchtime, hockey sticks provided. Hoki Rakau - The 1st game of Term 3 and the 2nd half of the season competiton began with a bang: a win of 8-3 against Greenpark Wizards in a vibrant attacking game. Player of the day was Lennia Takitaki

Kiwican This term our theme is Resilience. We will be teaching our tamariki about understanding their emotions, self control and dealing with challenges. Our whakatauki for the term is:  Iti rearea, Kahikatea teitei, Ka taea Even the small Rearea bird can ascend to the great heights of the Kahikatea tree Meaning: No matter how difficult it may be, it can be achieved Have an awesome week. Elliot & Carrie 

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 during the term . If you are a new parent to our school of any age child, these sessions can also be a great way to find out about our school and meet other parents. Please let us know by ringing the office if you want to join us. NEXT SESSION: Monday 13th August @ 1:45pm (next week ) FOCUS: Early Literacy 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! [3]

Book Week, Book Fair, and the Grand Opening of the new Learning Centre... it’s all about learning!

Book Cover Competition We have a competition for you to focus on during the holiday break starting next week.

What do you need to do?

The Learning Centre will be open to parents and the community for purchasing of books Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th from 2.30 - 3.30 and Friday 9th August 2.30 - 3.00.

Create a piece of “book cover art work” either fiction or non-fiction. Your book cover art work needs to be A3 size and must be an actual book. The due date for handing these into the school office is Tuesday 30th July in week 1. The winners will have their artwork framed and they will become a part of the wall displays in our new building.

All book cover art due this Friday to Mr House

Thanks to all of the children, and teachers who dressed up as Book characters today. You looked amazing!!! [4]


Upcoming events Fri 16th August:

We are after any used and nonrequired soccer or rugby boots and shin pads for our senior students involved in South Cluster 7's. If you are able to contribute any of these resources to our school for students to use, please call the oďŹƒce on 5441113.

Teacher Only Day (no school)

Week 5: Combined schools Music festival Mon 9th September: Dental Clinic arrives back on site Tues 10th September: South Cluster 7’s Tues 17th September: South Cluster Speeches



Tues 24th September: WBOP Speeches Wed 25th September: WBOP Sevens Fri 27th September: Last day for Term 3 Celebration Assembly [5]

Term 3

Monday29th July - Friday 27th September

Term 4

Monday 14th October - Wednesday 18th December

Week 2, Term 3, 2013