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Newsletter #27

Wednesday 4th September, 2013 Term 3, Week 6

School Roll

291 Kia ora Parents, Whanau, and Caregivers, Well we have certainly had a great deal going on around the school in recent weeks including some great build up and training for the upcoming sevens competition. We are very excited for our seniors and hopeful that they will get stuck in to this years competition and fly in the different sports codes on offer. We have also just received a large amount of IT equipment after receiving a grant from TECT....YAY! Soon we will have another 51 i-pads in the school along with apple tv to enable our children to share their digital learning with the class. It’s all very exciting and our teachers are all looking forward to working with the new technologies! Next Tuesday 10th September is the Cluster 7’s for all year 5 & 6 children and it is always a major event on the primary school sports calendar. We rely on parental support to get our children to and from these events, which are Waipuna Park and Blake Park. We are in urgent need of transport for children to Blake Park for the hockey and netball. If you could provide any transport for this please contact the school office to confirm your support. Many thanks ;) This week we send out a very warm welcome and Haere mai to our new team members at Welcome Bay School.

Tyrone Milroy We know you will fly in your life and learning at Welcome Bay School

Mathematics Parent Evening This year our whole school has had a development focus in mathematics and we are loving it! Our approach to teaching and learning in math has been challenged and we have collectively developed a problem solving focus to help make math learning meaningful and relevant to our kids lives. Math is really different in schools now than when most of us parents went to school. We would like to invite you as parents and whanau to come into school so we can share with you what math looks like in schools now, effective ways to support you children at home, and show you all some great activities that will engage you kids and help their math thinking.

When? Wednesday 18th September (week 8) @ 6:30pm - 8pm Why? To support you at home in helping your child thrive in maths Where? In the school hall We will also provide supper and hot drinks. Come and join us for a fun night as a learning community! [1]


Harakeke Toetoe

Briar Paulussen

For a great attitude to learning. You always try hard and can even write 18+ words already.


Jack McMahon

For being a helpful, responsible learner in class. You organise reading activities without being asked. Keep soaring high.


Harry Perry

For your excellent attitude to, and progress in, all areas of learning.


Khingstyn McMillian

For great thinking and showing an understanding of "groups of" in our multiplication unit.


James Rikihana

Working hard on practising your reading so you can keep improving! You have a great attitude.


Cuban Jackson

For your good progress learning your magenta words! Tino Pai!

Middle School

Miro Manuka

Gordon Heke

For flying high in writing. You are using a plan to organise your idea. Tino pai!


Tayler Lombard

For your fantastic writing this term! You have made great improvements to your spelling and are adding adjectives to make your writing more interesting. Keep up the good work Tayler!


Brody Newton-Cook

For your support keeping our class tidy. You're often seen picking up materials used by other groups in the classroom.

Senior School


Amathyst Bidois

For making sure that you say things to others in a positive and clear way.


Nicola Halliday

For really stepping up and taking a more active role in class. You display many attributes of the Welcome Bay Learner. You have a heart like the Kereru. You stand proud like the Blue Heron.

Kapa Haka Panui Any parents and whanau that are interested in joining Kapa haka whanau group, please leave your name at number at the office. We are really wanting to support our tamariki to be as successful as possible at school, as Maori and Welcome Bay learners. Last week some of our senior Kapa haka members were able to attend the performance of “Te Kura Kaupapa o Mauao” of which Ngairo, the boys haka tutor, is a part of. This was a wonderful experience for all of our tamariki and whanau. A huge thanks to our tamariki for representing our school so well and also thanks to every parent helper who supported the trip making it possible for our tamariki to attend. Every second Wednesday Kapa haka will be having a sausage sizzle to raise funds for an upcoming Noho and end of year celebration. This started today! Order forms will be taken at class on the day and sausages delivered to the children in their classrooms.

Sausages are $2 each. [2] IT Investment We have had a really exciting week with the arrival of some new Technology equipment that we have been blessed with through a very generous grant from TECT. It is important to acknowledge and recognise the time and effort that Jandhe Troughton (Board Chair) put into the grant application, thanks Mrs Troughton! We are focussed on providing the very best resources for our teachers and children and over the next month will be receiving more i-pads as a result of the successful grant too. It is exciting to have these resources and we are supporting teachers growth through development to be able to maximise these tools for meaningful and engaging learning. More info to come as our new learning tools arrive.

Kiwican Hey school, we would like to congratulate you on your fantastic efforts with Random Acts of Kindness. When we have spoken to your teachers and walked around the school it is clear that you are all trying hard to support each other and brighten someones day. Ka pai! This week our class challenge is to “Use your W.I.T.S” Remember to use each of the steps:

Walk away, Ignore, Tell them to stop, Seek help Keep up the good work Welcome Bay School. Carrie and Elliot.

Left and right: Through role play, kids learn to understand the values programme Carrie and Elliot deliver. Elliot gets a cream pie to face by a little princess!

Creek Bridge on the Field Recently some members of the community may have noticed that the make shift bridge that allowed a creek crossing onto the field has been removed. After doing some inspections of the creek, the council were horrified with the amount of waste they found in this waterway, including two lazy boy chairs! Waste in our waterways is obviously not what we as a community want as they pollute environments we would like for wild life, and these waterways all lead to the sea where we gather kaimoana. Apart from this large obstacles can become extremely dangerous in floods. With this in mind the council have removed the bridge as it is not compliant with health and safety regulations and could be very dangerous if high waters were to sweep it away. Shortly we will be putting up a boundary fence along the field so this will mean that the main access point will be through the pedestrian entrance at the kindergarten. If as a community we feel it is really important to maintain a bridge at the existing point in the creek then the council have indicated that they are open to submissions that may help inform their future planning. [3]

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 Unfortunately last Thursdays game was cancelled as the weather was not the greatest. This was to be the last game for the Dreamers and the Fliers. The Welcome Bay Dreamers Netball Team took advantage of the rained off game and had team photos taken. A big Thank You to the coaches, team supporters and whanau. We look forward to next seasons games.

Hockey What an awesome effort by an awesome team on Saturday! A 6 - 4 win against a team in 3rd place was credit to the 5 children who played! Great skills played out from practice. Players of the day were Waiti Atuathi and Laura Bone. Player of the Day for last weeks game went to Apsan Poudal for his vigorously supportive play!

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 26th August @ 1:45pm (next week ) FOCUS: Board of Trustees and PTA 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! [4]

Triple P Positive Parenting Welcome Bay Community Centre invites all parents to come and join Triple P, at the Welcome Bay Community Centre. The more the merrier. Triple P is about positive parenting to help make life a little easier with the children. This is a great opportunity for parents to get together. All enquiries 544 9774 or

Team Building and Games Starting this Sunday 10.00 am at Owens Park, Paul Pou from Sport Bay of Plenty will be starting a regular event full of Team Building Games and Action games for any who would like to join him. There is no charge. Just turn up with an "I can" attitude and a sense of adventure.

GO4it Parents Workshop: Fundamental Movement

Upcoming events

SkillsSport Bay of Plenty is facilitating a parent workshop in each region on fundamental movement skills. This workshop is for parents of year 1-6 students who are interested in finding out more about what fundamental movement skills are, why they are important, an overview of the GO4it Programme your children are participating in and examples of fundamental movement skill activities you can do with your children.  Please click on the link below to register for the parent’s workshop: go4itparentworkshops

Mon 9th September: Dental Clinic arrives back on site Tues 10th September: South Cluster 7’s Tues 17th September: South Cluster Speeches

Wednesday September 4th

Tues 24th September: WBOP Speeches

6.00pm – 7.30pm

Wed 25th September: WBOP Sevens

Pillans Point School Hall

Fri 27th September: Last day for Term 3 Celebration Assembly




Term 3

Monday29th July - Friday 27th September

Term 4

Monday 14th October - Wednesday 18th December

Week 6, Term 3, 2013  

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Week 6, Term 3, 2013  

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